Will Molson has been a regular at the PCA where he has managed to make two back to back second place finishes at the two previous PCA $25,000 High Roller events. The first time was at the 2009 PCA where he finished behind poker superstar Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier scoring $228,000 in prize money. The second time was at the 2010 PCA where Molson took $322,075 cash. As the old expression goes, the third time’s a charm and Molson broke his runner-up curse and defied all odds by finally winning first place at the 25K High Roller event and taking $1,072,850 for his win.
In the final hand of the tournament against poker pro Leo Fernandes, Fernandez shoved all-in with :Jd :2h. Molson called with :Ad :5s. The board ran out :5h :3d :7c :Kh :Qh. Molson shook Fernandez’s hand and ran to the rail to hug his supporters which included his dad. Fernandez picked up $554,925 for second place.
Each year the prize pool keeps getting bigger and bigger with a whopping $3.7 million in prize money which was contributed by 151 being paid out to the top 16 players at the at $25K High Roller event.
Fellow Canadian Matt Marafioti of Toronto took $166,480 for 7th place in the event.
Congratulations Will Molson and Matt Marafioti!!
2011 PCA $25K High Roller prizes and winners:
1: William Molson, Montreal, Canada, $1,072,850
2: Leo Fernandez, Argentina, $554,925
3: Max Lykov, Russia, $369,490
4: Erik Seidel, USA, $295,960
5: Govert Metaal, Netherlands, $240,470
6: David Baker, USA, $203,475
7: Matt Marafioti, Toronto, Canada, $166,480
8: Jason Mercier, USA, $129,480
9: Shander de Vries, Netherlands, $110,985
10: Brandon Steven, USA, $110,985
11: Tom Marchese, USA, $92,490
12. Matt Affleck, USA, $92,490
13: Rob Akery, UK, $73,990
14: Ravi Raghavan, USA, $73,990
15: Brett Richey, USA, $55,490
16: Tyler Reiman, USA, $55,490