After six days of play, John Dibella, a 43-year-old day trader from New York who likes to dabble in poker emerged victorious to win the 2012 PCA main event title after beating poker pro Kyle Julius in heads-up play. Dibella wins a championship bracelet and $1,775,000 in prize money. Until today, his largest live cash was $16,000 at a previous PCA. Dibella won his PCA entry by playing a $1,000 live satellite.
After the elimination of Faraz Jaka, a deal was made between Dibella and Julius to split the remaining prize money. Each of them took $1.5M and continued playing for the Championship and for the remaining $275,000.
A total of 1,072 players made the $10,300 buy-in to enter the 2012 PCA Main Event. There were 418 entrants on Day 1a and 654 for Day 1b. The total prize pool was $10,398,400 and 160 players in total made it into the money.
The event has been running for nine years and is a favorite for poker players from around the world. Attendance has been growing each year but there was about a 30% drop this year compared to 2011 (1,560 entrants) due to the effects of Black Friday which left American players unable to win online satellites into this event. This year, there were about 400+ seats won online.
Canadian Xuan Lu became the first female PCA finalist and wins $600,000 for her fourth place finish. The other Canadians, Mark Drover and David Bernstein finished in 5th and 7th place after being one of the short stacks entering the final table. To this day, the record holder for the largest PCA main event cash is still held by Canadian Poorya Nazari who won the event in 2009 and a top prize of $3,000,000.
2012 PCA Main Event Results
|1||John Dibella||1,775,000 *|
|2||Kyle Julius||1,500,000 *|
* Deal made
Congratulations to the winners!
2012 PCA $25K High Roller Event
Jonathan Duhamel is having an incredible run at the PCA with four final table cashes out of five played tournaments. His most recent is in the $25,000 high roller event where he is entering with 2nd highest in chips. Duhamel is now guaranteed to make at least $108,780 but the victor will walk home with $1,134,930.
During the live online telecast of the PCA Main Event, it was reported that Duhamel also had a 10% stake in Canadian Xuan Liu which would be good for an additional $60,000 in earnings for the former world champion at the PCA.
The final will be broadcast live on PokerStars.tv with hole cards shown (subject to 40 minute delay).
Here is the final seat draw entering the $25K Final Table