$25,000 Single-Day High Roller I

Winter Leads Heads-Up Against Peters in the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller I

poolshir • Level 22: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Sean Winter (in another event)

After 22 levels of play in the first $25,000 Single-Day High Roller here at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Atlantis Resort. Sean Winter takes the overnight chip lead with 5,120,000 in chips and will be battling it out against David Peters (2,380,000) another time this week.

The first Super High Roller of the week attracted 75 entries which also includes 25 reentries. All those entries created a total prize pool of $1,800,750 with the winner walking away with $495,210 whenever the two remaining players will finish the heads-up battle.

During the first eight levels of the day, 68 entries were collected with another 7 players jumping in during the 80-minute dinner break. PokerStars Team Pro, Igor Kurganov, Steve O’Dwyer, Joe McKeehen, Isaac Haxton, Joe Cada, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Timothy Adams are some of the players who took their seats in the first level of the day.

Cada was one of the first unlucky players who was sent away from his table when he shoved on the trey-queen-seven-five-nine board with king-high and was called by O’Dwyer who held pocket nines. Many more familiar names joined the field just before the first break of the day, including Alex Foxen, Byron Kaverman, Cary Katz, Jason Koon, Manig Loeser, Matthias Eibinger, John Juanda, and Rainer Kempe.

When registration closed after the dinner break, it also signaled the end of the reentry period and players were sent to the rail in quick succession. Players like Ramin Hajiyev, Andras Nemeth, Steffen Sontheimer, Benjamin Pollak, Bryn Kenney, Elio Fox, Daniel Dvoress, and Ben Yu were all eliminated without cashing.

The bubble lasted almost two hours as only eleven players would be in the money for at least $45,020. Peters increased his chip lead when he shoved on O’Dywer who let his hand go on the river. Kaverman found a double through Ivan Luca with pocket tens while Luca held eights. Foxen tripled up with ace-queen against the jack-six of Winter and then the bubble finally burst when Jonathan Kamhazi finally put his last 10,000 in after having blinded down for a while and busted to Jack Salter. Kamhazi’s king-four couldn’t beat the king-nine of Salter as Salter had the higher kicker.


PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1TBD 495,210
2TBD 352,040
3Jack SalterUnited Kingdom230,500
4Rainer KempeGermany177,380
5Ivan LucaArgentina140,460
6Steve O'DwyerIreland109,840
7Stanley ChoiHong Kong86,440
8Igor KurganovRussia67,520
9Byron KavermanUnited States51,320
10Erik SeidelUnited States45,020
11Alex FoxenUnited States45,020

Once the bubble burst, there was a flurry of activity on both tables with Foxen being the first to cash when he ran ace-four into Winter’s ace-king. Erik Seidel was next to go when his jack-nine got no help from the board against Peters’ ace-king. With nine players left, it was time to combine the remaining players onto the final table.

Kaverman’s king-nine call when Kurganov shoved with king-queen on the flop didn’t earn him a double up as he was the first to leave the final table. Kurganov himself flopped top pair with ace-jack on the five-trey-jack-four board and decided to bet and call the shove of Peters. Unfortunately for the PokerStars Team Pro, Peters had the overpair with kings, and no ace or jack came on the river to save him.

Stanley Choi was taken down by Salter when his pocket eights got rivered as the ace came while Salter held ace-jack. O’Dywer’s king-jack were beaten by the king-queen of Winter, and then it was time for Luca to go when he ran king-six into the tens of Kempe. Kempe tried bluffing Peters and lost a huge chunk of his stack and then the remainder also got added to Peters’ stack when he shoved his last eleven big blinds with ace-four. Peters had called with queen-nine and made trips on the river to take the German out in fourth place.

Salter’s run was over a mere five minutes later when he called with his last chips with queen-nine when Winter had put him all-in with queen-trey. The queen-four-trey-trey-nine board did not help and Salter was happy to have managed to pick up quite a few pay jumps after having been short for quite a while.

Heads-up play lasted for around 90 minutes with Peters and Winter swapping out the chip lead and doubles back and forth. In the end, they had to bag up their chips as the tournament room was closing. They agreed that they wanted to play the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller first before closing out this tournament so it still has to be confirmed when exactly they will play down to a winner but stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be there until the winner is known.

Tags: Alex FoxenAndras NemethBen YuBenjamin PollakBryn KenneyByron KavermanCary KatzDaniel DvoressDavid PetersElio FoxErik SeidelIgor KurganovIsaac HaxtonIvan LucaJack SalterJoe CadaJoe McKeehenJohn JuandaJonathan KamhaziManig LoeserMatthias EibingerRainer KempeRamin HajiyevSean WinterStanley ChoiSteffen SontheimerTimothy Adams