Ivan Luca Leads Final Table at PCA $100k Super High Roller

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After two days of play and a final total of 48 entries the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller the final table of seven has been set with young Argentinian pro Ivan Luca in pole position to collect the $1,492,340 first place prize money.

Day two started with 33 players remaining and saw two new entries as hedge fund boss Bill "GASTRADER" Perkins and college loan entrepreneur Cary Katz joining the fray. Although Perkins perished, Katz managed to run his stack up enough to make the final table in 6th out of 7 with 855,000 chips. In fact it was Katz who finally put the unofficial final table to rest as he woke up with pocket 10's, good enough to bust short-stack Erik Seidel who had pushed his last 14 big blinds in the middle with pocket 9's. An 8-high board sent Seidel home as the bubble-boy and guaranteed the rest of the table at least $248,742.

Four of the top six players at the start of day 2 made it to the final seven. As well as Luca (who started the day in 4th), Justin Bonomo both started and finished the day in 2nd place, increasing his stack from 799k to 2.695m, Sam Greenwood slipped a little from 5th to 7th (695k) and Bryn Kenney went from 6th at the start of the day to 4th at the end of the day with 1.485m.

Kudos to Kenney who has now made the final table in this event for the 4th year in a row (and for the fifth time since 2011). In his previous appearances he has made 7th place one, 3rd place twice, and he won the event in 2016. In total Kenney has won almost $3.5m just in this event. In fact the series has been extremely profitable all round for Kenney as last year, as well as finishing 7th in the $100k, he also won the $50k event for $969,075 and the $25k Shot Clock event for $392,876. Kenney will be the only former champ left in the event which has seen such superstars as Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Scott O'Dwyer, Scott Seiver, Eugene Katchalov, and Jason Koon previously lift the trophy.


Above: Bryn Kenney will take his place at the PCA $100k Super High Roller final table for the 4th year in succession. He'll be looking to land his second title.

It looked as though Scott Seiver was in with a chance at the start of the day, however, as he began the day as chip leader with with 804k chips - a stack which would have seen him make the final 7 had he been able to maintain it. As it turned out Seiver was one of the first casualties of the day. After dusting off some chips to David Peters early on he ended up committing his still way above average stack of 609k preflop with {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} only to run into one of the few players who had him covered, Ivan Luca, who flipped over {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. A ten high board sealed Seiver's early demise.

The other players left in the competition are online cash game phenom Ike Haxton (5th, 1.1m) and PokerStars lead pro Daniel Negreanu (3rd, 2.415m). Negreanu came close in 2011 when he was runner-up to Katchalov. He also made the final table in 2012 when he finished in 5th place. There's no doubt a hungry Negreanu will be looking to go better today.

Place Player Country Chips
1 Ivan Luca AR 2,760,000
2 Justin Bonomo US 2,695,000
3 Daniel Negreanu CA 2,415,000
4 Bryn Kenney US 1,485,000
5 Isaac Haxton US 1,095,000
6 Cary Katz US 855,000
7 Sam Greenwood CA 695,000


With play just about to get underway, be sure to come back tomorrow to find out if Kenney can take it down again, or will there be a brand new champion crowned?


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