With the $100,000 Highroller Event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at a close, Eugene Katchalov of Brooklyn, New York wins the $1,500,000 first prize with Canadian Daniel Negreanu finishing in second place. Not only does Negreanu pocket a cool million dollar prize, but his win helps him to surpass Phil Ivey and regain first spot in the all-time money winners list.
Negreanu’s million dollar payday bumps him up to about $14,131,104 in winnings as Ivey replaces him in second place with his $13,745,806 in career winnings.
Beating out a field of 38 players in probably the largest buy-in tournament worldwide, Eugene Katchelov adds $1,500,000 to his existing $4,386,843 in career winnings to advance in the all time money winners list from 62nd to about 37th spot. Katchelov’s has had many cashes in his poker career, his biggest win being at the 2007 Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic where he won $2,482,605.
The event ran across three days and paid out the top 5 players who split a total prize pool of $3,743,000. Other Canadians who paid the massive entry fee but were not so lucky are Bluff Magazine player of the year Sorel Mizzi, WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Cirque du Soleil boss Guy Laliberté, “Timex” Mike McDonald, and Shawn Buchanan.
Here is a list of the top 24 finishers placed.
1. Eugene Katchalov, United States, $1,500,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, $1,000,000
3. Bryn Kenney, United States, $643,000
4. Nick Schulman, United States, $400,000
5. Humberto Brenes, Costa Rica, $200,000
6th – Sandor Demjan, Hungary
7th – Andrew Lichtenberger, United States
8th – James Obst, Australia
9th – Dan Cates, USA
10th – Vivek Rajkumar, United States
11th – Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany
12th – Bryan Colin, United States
13th – Ciao Pimenta, Brazil
14th – Jason Mercier, United States
15th – David Benyamine, France
16th – Matt Glantz, United States
17th – Andrew Robl, United States
18th – Shawn Buchanen, United States
19th – Antonio Esfandiari, United States
20th – Mike McDonald, Canada
21st – Sorel Mizzi, Canada
22nd – Phil Laak, United States
23rd – Justin Smith, United States
24th – Dan Shak, United States
The PCA main event has also gotten underway today with 647 entries at Day 1A. Stay tuned for more news as the event progresses.