PCA 2018: Super High Roller final table updates

January 08, 2018

That’s it for the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller. Check out our recap of the event and if you want to read all the final table action, scroll through today’s action below.

Cary Katz’s winning moment

9:25pm: Bonomo busts, Katz crowned SHR king
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Justin Bonomo found himself with A♣K♥ and moved all-in for his remaining 3.3 million. Cary Katz looked down and saw a very call-worthy hand: 8♦8♣. Katz called of course and we had a flip to end the tournament.

The final board ran 2♠9♥3♠Q♠J♥ and Cary Katz became the 2018 PCA Super High Roller Champion.

Justin Bonomo

9:20pm: Katz takes a huge lead with quads
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Cary Katz raised to 260,000 from the small blind with 7♣4♣ and Justin Bonomo called with A♠9♦.

The A♥7♦7♠ flop paired Bonomo’s ace, but gave Katz trip 7s. Both players checked and a 5♣ came on the turn. Bonomo bet 275,000 and Katz called. The river brought the last seven in the deck: 7♥.

Bonomo bet 400,000 with his full house and Katz thought for a while before raising to 2 million with his quad sevens. Bonomo called and was left with 3.73 million while Katz took a massive lead with 8.27 million. –AV

9:15pm: Heads-up
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

We’re down to our final two. Here are their stacks going into the heads-up match:

Name Country Chips BBs
Justin Bonomo USA 6,695,000 56
Cary Katz USA 5,305,000 44

9:10pm: Kenney eliminated in 3rd
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Bryn Kenney was just in the lead, now he’s out.

Justin Bonomo moved all-in for 3.8 million from the small blind with Q♠10♦ and Bryn Kenney called all-in from the big blind with K♥9♦.

The flop came down J♦3♥10♣ to give Bonomo a pair of tens. Kenney needed a queen or a king, but the turn brought an A♥ instead. The river was a 4♠ and just like that, Kenney was KO’d.

Kenney finished in third for $686,960 and Bonomo took the lead with 6.7 million. –AV

Bryn Kenney

9:05pm: Kats takes the lead
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Cary Katz pulled off a big bluff to take the lead.

Bryn Kenney raised to 275,000 from the button with A♣3♥ that hand and Cary Katz three-bet to 600,000 with A♠10♠. Kenney called and the flop came 6♥3♦5♥ to pair Kenney’s three. Katz bet 775,000 and Kenney called, bringing a J♠ on the turn. Katz moved all-in for 2.4 million and Kenney, who had almost the same amount, thought until the clock ticked down and folded.

Kenney was left 2.8 million while Katz took the lead with the ace-high bluff that earned him 5.3 million chips. –AV

9:00pm: Evening out
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Cary Katz called from the button with A♥6♥ and Bonomo did the same from the small blind with 8♠6♠. Kenney checked from the big blind with 8♥5♦ and the flop came 4♦2♠8♦. Bonomo bet 150,000 and Kenney called.

Katz let it go and a 7♦ came on the turn for a very diamondy and connected board. Bonomo bet 300,000 and Kenney called, bringing a 9♥ on the river. Bonomo bet another 300,000 and Kenney called.

Both players showed a pair of eights, but Bonomo had the slightly better kicker with a six to Kenney’s five. Bonomo took down the pot and chipped up to 4 million while Kenney dropped to 4.07. Katz is in a close third with 3.93 million. –AV

8:55pm: Katz catching up
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

There was 610,000 in the pot, a 2♠Q♥8♥ flop on the board and two player with two cards each. Bryn Kenney was holding 6♣4♣ and Cary Katz was sitting with K♦2♦.

Kenney bet 245,000 on flop and Katz called. The turn brought a K♠ and Kenney made it 535,000 to go. Katz raised all-in and Kenney let it go. The hand put Katz up to 4.15 million while Kenney dipped to 5.35 million.

Katz is closing in. –AV

8:50pm: Kenney keeping the pressure up
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Bryn Kenney has nearly twice as many chips as his closest opponent and he’s pushing his stack around with force.

Justin Bonomo raised to 240,000 from the button with A♥7♥ a few minutes back from break and Kenney put him to the test. Kenney moved all-in for 6.2 million from the small blind with 2♣2♠ and Bonomo thought. Bonomo decided it was too much and Kenney took down the pot.

The leader’s lead grows. –AV

8:40pm: We’re back
Level 22 – Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Our final three are back from break and we’re up to level 22. Will Cary Katz continue his ascent? Will Bryn Kenney keep his lead and bust everyone out? Will Justin Bonomo benefit from the middle? Stay tuned to find out.

8:10pm: Break
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

That’s it for level 21. The last three players are on a 30-minute break and here’s how they stack up:

Name Country Chips BBs
Bryn Kenney USA 6,410,000 53
Justin Bonomo USA 3,120,000 26
Cary Katz USA 2,470,000 21

8:05pm: Kenney fills up, takes down a small one
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

It wasn’t the greatest preflop hand, but by Bryn Kenney got to the river he was holding the stone-cold nuts. Kenney raised to 215,000 from the button with 10♥7♠ that hand and Justin Bonomo called from the big blind with 6♠5♥.

Both players checked the 5♣J♠10♦ flop then Bonomo bet 175,000 after the 10♠ came on the turn. Kenney called with his turned trips. Then a 7♥ came on the river to fill Kenney up.

Bonomo checked and Kenney bet 985,000 with his full house. Bonomo folded and Kenney chipped up to 6.52 million while Bonomo was left with 3.18 million. –AV

8pm: Bonomo wins a few blinds
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Justin Bonomo laid a heavily baited trap for Bryn Kenney in a recent pot, but Kenney showed some good discipline and didn’t go raise-crazy on the river.

Bonomo completed from the small blind with Q♣8♣ and Kenney checked his option with K♣9♠. Bonomo then flopped the joint when the dealer put the Q♥Q♠2♥ on the table.

Bonomo led for 100,000 and Kenney peeled, taking them to the 6♦ turn. Both checked.

The 4♣ continued to miss Kenney and Bonomo bet 110,000. Kenney thought his king could be winning enough times to call for one big blind. But this was not one of those moments, so Bonomo added a few to his stack instead. He had 3.58 million to Kenney’s 6.06 million. Cary Katz brings up the rear with 2.36 million. — HS

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7:50pm: Big hands for the small stack
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Cary Katz is now up to 20 big blinds without having to go to showdown. Katz was aided by a small streak of good cards too. First Katz looked down down at A♣J♣ and made it 225,000 to go. It was good enough to force folds from Justin Bonomo and Bryn Kenney.

About a minute later, Katz got ace-jack again. Katz limped from the small blind with A♦J♣ that time and Justin Bonomo checked from the small blind with 7♣4♠. The flop came J♠9♠2♥ and everyone moved all-in. Just kidding. Katz bet and took down the pot after Bonomo folded.

The hot run continued. Katz then picked up 4♠4♦ on the button and raised to 250,000. Bryn Kenney called with 7♠6♣ from the big blind and the flop came 8♣3♦2♠. Katz continued for 375,000 and Kenney folded. That puts Katz up to 2 million. Can he keep rising? –AV

7:35pm: Katz the short stack king
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Cary Katz is a very active short stack with a myriad of moves. He’s been winning with shoves and bets alike. Bryn Kenney limped from the small blind with 9♦2♠ one hand and then Katz moved all-in with A♠8♠. Kenney decided his nine-deuce wasn’t good for a call and folded.

Katz then got K♠J♦ the following hand and raised to 200,000 from the small blind. Justin Bonomo called from the big blind with 10♥6♣ and the flop came 9♣9♦K♣. Katz bet 375,000 and that was good enough to take down the pot.

Katz then picked up a pair of red aces and sneakily limped in from the small blind. Kenney looked down at 3♥2♦ and checked his option. The flop came 9♥8♥J♦ and Katz bet 250,000 when checked to.

“That was just enough to get me off this hand,” Kenney said, he flashed his trey-deuce and folded.

Katz added a few more chips to his stack and is up to 1.5 million. –AV

Cary Katz, wielding the short stack like a master

7:20pm: Watch all the action live!
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

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7:10pm: End of the road for Negreanu
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Daniel Negreanu showed some tremendous escapology earlier at this final table, but just when he was looking at another resurgence, Justin Bonomo put an end to it.

Negreanu was actually pretty unlucky in his final hand. Bryn Kenney opened with A♠4♦ and Negreanu looked at K♠K♥ in the small blind and jammed for 840,000. Bonomo found A♣J♥ in the big blind and re-shoved, forcing a fold from Kenney.

Kenney flashed his ace as he did so, which obviously meant Negreanu’s kings were even stronger. But the dealer had other ideas and landed the A♦5♦4♣ on the flop.

The Q♥ turn and 2♦ river did not rescue Negreanu, and that was the end of the road for the Team PokerStars Pro.

Justin Bonomo: Ending Negreanu’s day

Negreanu takes $521,140, which is a tidy profit even though he was the only man at the final table to fire two bullets. — HS

7pm: Negreanu loses race to Bonomo
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Bad to worse for Daniel Negreanu, who has now been left in real peril after losing a raise to Justin Bonomo.

Negreanu found A♦Q♠ on the button and raised a committing 1.2 million from the button, with 855,000 behind. Bonomo, in the small blind, looked down at 6♠6♦ and shipped with a stack of 1.6 million. Negreanu called.

The flop hit all around Negreanu, giving him draws aplenty. But ultimately he was left with ace high and Bonomo’s small pair was best.

Negreanu was left with 425,000 and it’s a long, long way back from here. Bonomo has 3.38 million. — HS

6:55pm: Kenney pushes Negreanu out
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Daniel Negreanu is getting short again, especially after a recent hand against Bryn Kenney.

Kenney raised his button with K♣Q♣, making it 175,000, and Negreanu found K♦J♥ in the big blind and three-bet to 550,000 from a stack of 2.6 million.

Kenney, with more than 6 million, jammed and Negreanu was forced to fold. Kenney continues to dominate. — HS

6:45pm: Katz gets big slick again, survives another all-in
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Daniel Negreanu raised from the cutoff/under the gun to 175,000 with Q♦10♣, but skedaddled after Bryn Kenney shoved from the small blind with K♠J♠ and Cary Katz called from the big blind with A♥K♥.

The board came 7♣5♠4♠3♥A♦, and Katz is now up to almost 3.25 million and in second place. Kenney has just under 5 million. –MH

6:30pm: “Just quads!”–Negreanu’s rush continues
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

How do you stop Bryn Kenney? Quads should do it. And then a set.

Daniel Negreanu just got a nice lifeline, and then some, when he turned an inferior holding into one of poker’s best hands and got the double up through Kenney. Then he did it again.

On the first of these two hands, Negreanu open-shoved for 585,000 with 10♦9♦ and Kenney looked down at K♠K♦ and made a very simple call.

Daniel Negreanu: Huge resurgence

However Negreanu found a small measure of hope after the 10♥3♠3♥ flop which became a lot more positive on the 10♠ turn. The 10♣ river was overkill, but Negreanu was delighted.

On the very next hand, Negreanu found pocket eights and got it in again against Kenney’s A♣K♥. Negreanu flopped a set and doubled up yet again. He went from two big blinds to 33 big blinds in a matter of three hands. — HS

Daniel Negreanu: Reasons to be cheerful

6:27pm: Negreanu triples, still shortest with four left
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Daniel Negreanu open-raised all in for 185,000 with A♥7♦ from the button, Justin Bonomo called from the small blind with K♦J♥, and Bryn Kenney called as well from the big blind with Q♦5♣.

The flop came 8♥2♠8♠ and both Bonomo and Kenney checked. The turn was the 6♠, and they checked again.

The river brought the 3♦, meaning Negreanu’s hand stayed best, and after two more checks Negreanu tripled to 595,000. –MH

6:25pm: Bonomo doubles through Negreanu
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

It folded to Daniel Negreanu who open-shoved from the small blind with A♠J♠, and Justin Bonomo called from the big blind with A♣9♦. Bonomo was the one at risk for his last 1.32 million, with Negreanu having just under 200,000 behind.

The board came 6♦Q♥Q♠8♣9♠! That river nine gave the hand to Bonomo who doubles to almost 2.7 million, while Negreanu has but 195,000 — i.e., just over two big blinds. –MH

6:15pm: Kenney busts Luca in fifth, has two-thirds chips in play
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

On the second hand of the level, Ivan Luca picked up A♥J♣ and raised to 175,000 from the button. Bryn Kenney picked up A♣K♣ in the small blind and three-bet to 635,000, and the action returned to Luca.

Luca used a time bank card before deciding to push all in for almost 3.1 million total, and Kenney called in a flash.

The flop came 9♦7♣3♥, keeping Kenney in front, then the A♦ turn paired both players but Luca was still needing help. The river was the 7♥, and suddenly — in just two Level 20 hands — Luca had lost the chip lead and was eliminated in fifth for $402,700.

Ivan Luca – 5th place

Kenney is the huge chip leader now, up to a little more than 8.25 million while his three remaining opponents are all in the 1.1-1.4 million range. –MH

6:10pm: Kenney picks off Luca’s bluff, retakes lead
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

On the first hand of the level, Ivan Luca raised from the button with 10♠4♠. There was no small blind — after Isaac Haxton’s knockout in sixth — and Bryn Kenney called with 5♠5♥ in the big blind.

The flop came 7♣2♥7♠ and Kenney checked. Luca continued for 140,000, and Kenney called. The turn brought the K♥ and Kenney checked once more. Luca took his time before betting again, this time setting out 200,000 worth. Kenney also acted with deliberation before calling, bringing the pot up to 1.15 million.

The river was the 3♠. Kenney checked once more, and it was up to Luca whether or not to give up or complete the triple-barrel bluff. He chose the latter, betting 425,000, and Kenney only took a few seconds before flicking out a chip to call.

Kenney wins a nice pot there, moving back into the lead and up to 5.04 million while Luca drops to 3.1 million. –MH

6:05pm: Play resumes, five remain
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

They are back from a break with the blinds having bumped up once more. Ivan Luca edged ahead of Bryn Kenney at the end of the last level, with Justin Bonomo, Daniel Negreanu, and Cary Katz all on relative short stacks as play resumes. –MH

Name Country Chips BBs
Ivan Luca Argentina 4,090,000 51
Bryn Kenney USA 4,025,000 50
Justin Bonomo USA 1,360,000 17
Daniel Negreanu Canada 1,315,000 16
Cary Katz USA 1,210,000 15

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5:40pm: Haxton heads home
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Isaac Haxton is our next player out, hitting the rail in sixth after a blind-on-blind skirmish against Ivan Luca.

Action folded to Luca in the small blind and, looking to Haxton’s 1.4 million stack in the big blind, Luca elected to open shove with A♥4♥.

Haxton peeked down at Q♥J♥ and made the call for his tournament life.

Isaac Haxton: Out in sixth

The board bricked out. It came K♠9♣3♣K♣7♣ and Haxton’s torrid time (between Luca to the right and Bryn Kenney to his left) is over. Haxton wins $307,940 for his sixth place.

Luca now has 3.1 million and is into the chip lead.

That was the last hand of the level and players are taking a 20-minute break. — HS

5:35pm: Make that double a double
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

On the very next hand after Cary Katz doubled through Bryn Kenney, Kenney open-raised all in from the button with 10♠7♦ and Katz woke up with A♣10♣ and was able to call. Daniel Negreanu folded the big blind, then the flop came 5♥2♠7♣ to pair Kenney’s hand.

Katz was grinning, accepting that his seemingly certain bust-to-come as the turn brought the 3♥. But the A♠ on the river saved him, and Katz doubles again to 1.24 million. Kenney now has 3.9 million.

That makes Negreanu the short stack now. –MH

5:30pm: Small double for Katz
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Big stack Bryn Kenney open-shoved from the small blind with J♦3♣, and short stack Cary Katz called for his last 225,000 with J♠8♦.

The flop came Q♣6♠8♥ to pair Katz, but then the 3♥ turn paired Kenney to keep him drawing live.

“With Bryn this is like 50-50… it’s a real sweat,” joked Katz, blithely minimizing the fact that Kenney still had only about a 5 percent chance of winning the hand.

The river 2♥ was close enough to a trey to earn a chuckle from the table, but Katz survived and with the small double-up has 570,000. Kenney, meanwhile still leads comfortably with nearly 4.5 million. –MH

5:15pm: Kenney bullying with big stack
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Twice Isaac Haxton open-raised a suited ace, and twice Bryn Kenney, to his left, three-bet shoved. Kenney is bullying everyone with his massive stack. Haxton folded to both shoves. — HS

5:05pm: Kenney adds more to lead
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Bryn Kenney raised to 135,000 from middle position holding J♠J♦, and it folded to Justin Bonomo in the small blind who called with K♦8♦. Ivan Luca looked down at 9♦6♦ in the big blind and also called, and the trio saw the flop fall 6♥3♠2♥.

It folded around to Kenney who continued for 165,000. Bonomo dropped out, but Luca called. Pot 795,000.

The turn was the 7♥. Luca checked again, and with his jacks still ahead Kenney bet 415,000. Luca riffled, rechecked his cards, then released them.

Bryn Kenney: Leading the way

Kenney adds to his lead, moving up to almost 4.4 million, while his nearest challenger Luca has 2.58 million. –MH

4:50pm: Kenney bosses Negreanu
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Bryn Kenney just took back-to-back pots from Daniel Negreanu, consolidating their upward/downward momentum, respectively.

In the first of the hands, Kenney opened to 135,000 from the button with K♠K♣ and Negreanu called in the big blind with A♠10♣. This was looking bleak for Negreanu from the outset, and the flop of 8♠9♦3♣ made it worse.

Negreanu check-called Kenney’s inevitable continuation bet of 195,000. The 3♥ turn still didn’t hit Negreanu and he check-folded to Kenney’s 490,000 bet.

Not long after, Kenney balanced his range with a similar raise but this time with a less-than-premium K♥7♥. Negreanu called with J♦10♦.

The flop was better for Negreanu. It came A♠8♠10♥ but both players checked it.

After the 6♦ turn, Negreanu was still best and he led for 100,000. But Kenney now raised to 385,000 and that persuaded Negreanu out.

It didn’t get much better for Kid Poker on the next hand either. His open-raise with K♦10♣ on the button was met with a shove from Justin Bonomo and his ace-king. Negreanu folded and is down to 1.2 million, fifth of the remaining six. — HS

4:50pm: Blinds up
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

That’s the end of Level 18 and blinds are now up to 30,000/60,000, adding a bit more pressure on the shorter stacks. — HS

4:45pm: Katz doubles to stay alive
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

With the tournament short stack now dwindling to a mere 345,000, Cary Katz, the short-stack’s owner, open-jammed his button with 9♠9♦. Justin Bonomo, with 1.7 million in the big blind, called with A♣6♣ and gave Katz the chance to double.

He seized the chance after the dealer helped him out with a 3♦2♥Q♣4♦6♣ runout.

Cary Katz: Short stack doubles

Tht put Katz to 710,000, while Bonomo is down to 1.31 million. — HS

4:40pm: Kenney captures pot from Negreanu, takes chip lead
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

It folded around to Bryn Kenney on the button who raised to 115,000 with J♣9♣ and Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind with 2♠2♣.

Those deuces remained ahead after the 4♠6♠4♦ flop, and both players checked. The 9♥ turn, however, put Kenney in the lead. Negreanu checked, Kenney bet 145,000 and after a short pause Negreanu called.

The J♠ river then meant both players had two-pair hands, with Kenney’s the better of the two. Negreanu checked and Kenney bet big — 435,000 — and after thinking a short while this time Negreanu called again.

That hand drops Negreanu to 1.68 million, while Kenney moves up into the chip lead with 3.12 million. –MH

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Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

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4:25pm: Leaders collide, Luca nudges in front
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

It folded to chip leader Daniel Negreanu on the button who raised to 115,000 with 8♥5♥, and Ivan Luca defended his big blind by calling with K♥2♠.

The flop then came 2♦2♣6♠, giving Luca trips, and he checked. Negreanu bet 75,000 and Luca called, then the turn brought the 9♦. Luca checked again, and Negreanu bet 150,000. Luca then check-raised to 475,000, and that was enough to get a fold from Negreanu.

Luca moves up into the lead on that one, jumping to 2.85 million, while Negreanu still has 2.76 million. –MH

4:15pm: Greenwood busts in cooler
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

It doesn’t only happen to you, right. You may think so, but gross coolers are all a part of poker at every level.

Just ask Sam Greenwood, who has become the first player out of this final in the grimmest of manners. Bryn Kenney was his assassin: Kenney had A♥A♦ and Greenwood had K♣K♠ and Greenwood’s 895,000 stack went in as a three-bet shove from the big blind.

Kenney, who was under the gun, obviously called and the board was dry.

That’s the end of Greenwood, whose seventh place finish earns him $248,720. Kenney, a former champion here, is now sitting with 2.3 million. — HS

4:05pm: Negreanu out-muscles Haxton and Greenwood
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

An intriguing three-way hand just played out between Isaac Haxton, Sam Greenwood and Daniel Negreanu. That is, it might have been even more interesting if it hadn’t ended in a whimper.

It began with Haxton looking down at A♠Q♠ and raising to 110,000. Greenwood then looked down at 8♦8♣ and, with a little more than a million in his stack (a stack, it should be added, that he has shoved already a couple of times today), he opted only to call.

Negreanu then found A♥Q♣ in the small blind and he decided to three-bet squeeze, putting 450,000 out there.

Daniel Negreanu: Profiting with ace-queen

Hmm. Where was this going? Well, after Haxton decided it was worth a call, Greenwood was able to tank-fold and the two players with the same hand were left alone to the 3♠K♣7♥ flop.

Negreanu led at it. He bet 275,000. Haxon, to the surprise of Maria Ho in the commentary booth, folded. — HS

3:55pm: Good start for Ike
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Some action right off the bat. On the first hand of the day, Sam Greenwood won a small pot from Ivan Luca, which meant that Justin Bonomo defaulted into the chip lead.

But on the second hand, Bonomo gave Isaac Haxton a huge chunk, vaulting Haxton up the counts into third and leapfrogging Bonomo, who slips to fourth.

Isaac Haxton: Fast start

The hand started with a raise to 100,000 from Bonomo with K♣10♣ on the button. Haxton called in the big blind with K♥5♠, and the die was cast for the hand when the flop fell 3♦K♠7♠. It went check, bet, call.

The 5♣ turn was brilliant for Haxton, who was sitting with about 900,000. He checked, taking them to the 2♥ river. Haxton now over-bet for 770,000, leaving himself only a few chips behind, and Bonomo just called.

Haxton turned over his two pair and moved up to about 2 million. — HS

3:50pm: Best way to follow
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

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3:45pm: Your final seven
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000)

Play is now getting under way on this final day. Here are your magnificent seven:

PCA Super High Roller final players (l-r): Justin Bonomo, Isaac Haxton, Sam Greenwood, Bryn Kenney, Daniel Negreanu, Ivan Luca and Cary Katz

We are down to the final seven in the first flagship event of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and, true to its billing, this $100,000 Super High Roller event has indeed been super.

From a starting field of 48 entries (including 12 re-entries) the following superstars will today set about deciding how to carve up a $4.7 million prize pool.

Name Country Chips
Ivan Luca Argentina 2,760,000
Justin Bonomo USA 2,695,000
Daniel Negreanu Canada 2,415,000
Bryn Kenney USA 1,485,000
Isaac Haxton USA 1,095,000
Cary Katz USA 855,000
Sam Greenwood Canada 695,000

Those seven survived the rocky waters yesterday, in which numerous others were swept away. They included the overnight leader Scott Seiver, whose chips catapulted Ivan Luca to prominence, and ended with Erik Seidel’s departure on the bubble. You can recap how it all went down yesterday as we wait for play to get under way today.

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All eyes will be on Daniel Negreanu, who set himself the goal of cashing for $2.5 million in 2018 and could secure half of that in one fell swoop, in the first tournament of the year, should he prevail.

PCA Super High Roller unofficial final (before Erik Seidel and Mustapha Kanit’s eliminations)

But with chip-leading Luca in irresistible form and a table also featuring the Super High Roller crushers Bryn Kenney and Justin Bonomo with plenty of chips, this is far from a foregone conclusion.

Play begins at around 3pm, but we’ll be reporting on all the major skirmishes alongside the PokerStars.tv cards-up live stream, which is on a 30-minute security delay. So stick with us from about 3.30pm ET.

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Words: Howard Swains, Martin Harris. Photography: Neil Stoddart and Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive.com


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