The first major tournament of 2015 comes to an end with Kevin Schulz on top of the pile
Kevin Schulz enjoys the Caribbean. The PCA was the scene of his only previous tournament win – the $270 turbo side event in 2011, which netted him $14,400. He’s done a whole lot better this year, taking down the $10k main event for $1,491,580 in a crushing final table performance.
Chance Kornuth was the chipleader when play resumed on the final day six-handed and he was massively entertaining to watch, with a stack that yo-yoed all the way to his eventual elimination in third place. He was knocked out by Schulz but was extremely unlucky after all the chips went in with his A-8 dominating Schulz’s A-4. The A-J-5 flop looked pretty harmless but a 3-2 runout on the turn and river gave Schulz the straight, and left Kornuth to depart with a smile on his face.
Schulz had a huge chip lead going into heads-up with Diego Ventura, and although Ventura secured a double up, he never managed to get back to parity and Schulz finished things off in style. On a Q-6-4-K-6 board, Ventura check-raised all-in on the river with T-4. Schulz tanked but eventually made the call with K-3 to secure the title.
The $25k high roller came to an end as well yesterday, with Ilkin Garibli and Joe Kuether effectively chopping the prize money up and playing for the title. Garibli came out on top, taking $1,105,040 and the trophy, with Kuether also enjoying a seven-figure score of $1,050,000.
269 players entered the $25k, which is impressive, but overall numbers were disappointing with the main event only attracting 816 runners, the lowest turnout since it joined the EPT and way down on peak numbers of 1,560 in 2011.
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