With the final tally in for the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in hand, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) got underway on Wednesday.
The prize pool for the tournament was declared as $4.1 million. At the close of play on Tuesday, Krasimir Yankov (primary image by PokerStars/Joe Giron) had amassed the most chips, and 255 players were still in the tournament.
Even though several notable players have dropped out, others like Jeremy Ausmus, Jonathan Jaffe, Tommy Nguyen, Daniel Dvoress, Chris Moorman, Tony Tran, Sam Grafton, Sean Winter, and Arlie Shaban are still in the running.
Day 2 and Day 3 of the action in the Bahamas are briefly summarized here.
PokerStars has released the concluding PSPC results.
The winner of this year’s PSPC will, once again, receive an incredible sum of money. On Tuesday, the tournament’s organizers revealed that 1,014 people had registered for the tournament, creating a $24.8 million prize pool. This includes almost 400 lucky people who won a Platinum Pass.
The top 175 finishers will get money, with the winner receiving $4.1 million. That’s $1,000,000 less than the 2019 total, but still a very respectable sum.
All of the top six finishers get at least $1 million, with the runner-up receiving $2.5 million. The minimum cash amount is $35,100.
Bulgarian poker player Yankov has amassed $2.2 million from live tournaments. Recently, he earned $338,500 after placing 11th in the World Poker Tour World Championship.
By Wednesday afternoon, Brazil’s Philipe Pizzari had taken the chip lead, but other competitors, including Yankov, were still within striking distance of 1,000,000 chips. Additionally, Ausmus maintained a position in the top ten. Jaffe has also been doing well among the top chip holders.
The Day 3 chip leaders are highlighted by PokerStars Platinum Pass winners.
On Wednesday, numerous Platinum Pass winners kept their momentum going toward the money, joining the notable professionals who are still in the tournament. Omar Del Pino of Spain was among the top five on Wednesday afternoon, while he was still in the competition.
After competing in the Platinum Grind, he was the lucky winner of a pass. Only seven players in all of 2019 have won a trip to this year’s tournament, and he is one of them. The first was collecting a significant award and €179,000 for first place in the PSF Marbella Main Event. In fact, if this Spanish grinder were to go on an even longer run, it would make for quite the tale.
Still another Platinum Pass champion was in the top 10. Renato Minicuci of France qualified for the tournament thanks to a freeroll promotion on PokerStars’ Spin & Go format.
Minicuri has racked up $66,357 from live tournaments, and if he can keep his luck up, he’ll be quite the story in his own right. In 2019, he earned $19,143 after finishing second in a €330 tournament at the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo.
After being invited to join in a poker event by several coworkers in 2014, the 43-year-old started playing regularly. With this opportunity, he can double the value of his freeroll victory.
A loss to an inferior opponent ruins a promising career for a German great.
During the night’s last hand at the secondary feature table, German player Christian Rudolph was eliminated after getting a terrible beat. Obviously, this isn’t the only terrible beat of the set, but it definitely stands out as a top pro getting the shaft.
In live tournaments, Rudolph has won over $5.4 million over a variety of circuits. In the world of online poker, he has also amassed a number of notable victories.
That includes taking down the Main Event of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online and won $1.8 million.
In the $1,100 PCA No Limit Hold’em tournament, Rudolph finished third and won $38,950. On Tuesday, though, his tournament career came to an end in the PSPC as Sam Grafton’s AJ beat out his AK.