Jason Koon Wins PCA $25,000 Single Day High Roller for $421,080

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Jason "jakoon1985" Koon has added to his string of high roller victories by taking down the $25,000 Single Day High Roller at the 2018 PCA in the Bahamas for $421,080.

This is Koon's second high roller victory at this series in the past two years after his victory in the $100k last year for $1.65m.

The tournament attracted 41 unique entries, with 58 entries in total counting the 17 players who re-entered after busting out during before the 8th level, creating a prizepool of just over $1.4m.

With the list of high profile pros who didn't make the final table too numerous to mention in full the unlucky two worth mentioning are Cary Katz, who earlier this week took down the $100k Super High Roller; he busted out on the final table bubble, and PokerStars pro Igor Kurganov who made the unofficial final table but busted out on the money bubble when he pushed his short stack of 330k into the middle holding {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and found himself up against Timothy Adams' {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

The first player to leave the official final table was Ike "philivey2694" Haxton who went out in 8th place after his last 250k chips went into the pot with {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and once again Adams was lurking with a bigger pocket pair, in this case {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} to eliminate Ike. It must have been frustrating for Haxton who, until very close to the final table, was chip leader before losing a couple of significant pots, one just prior to and one at the start of the official final table. He collected $56,140 as a consolation.

ike Above: Ike Haxton went from hero to zero as he fell from chip leader on the bubble to first out at the final table

Next to fall was Christoper Kruk who chanced his arm (and his short stack) with {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}from the small blind only for Jason Koon to look him up from the big with {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. A dry board spelled the end for Kruk who fell in 7th, good for a $71,580 payday.

Just a couple of minutes later and Koon had taken another scalp as Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen pushed his last 390k with {k-Clubs}{2-Clubs} before Koon reshipped with {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. A Jack on the flop ended Hunichen's run and he left the table in 6th, which was worth $89,840.

It started to become the Jason Koon show a little over 10 minutes later as he claimed another victim. Benjamin Pollack decided to raise all-in from the button after an initial preflop raise from Koon. Koon matched Pollack's 650k chips and found himself ahead with {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs} to Pollak's {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. The board offered the Frenchman no help and he was sent to the rail in 5th, winning $115,100 for his troubles.

Koon didn't have it all his own way, however, and within half an hour he had dropped from 2.4m chips to under a million after losing a couple of big pots, including doubling up Adams and losing a +1m chip pot to Nick Petrangelo.

Despite working his way up the table it was Nick Petrangelo who left next. He got involved in a near 3m chip pot and was badly at risk against Belarusian Mikalai Vaskaboinikau when both players committed on a {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop. Both players revealed flush draws but it was Ace high to King high in Vaskaboinikau's favour and with the flush completing on the river Petrangelo took his leave in 4th, good for $148,780.

With play three-handed Koon started to work his way back and by the next break he was back on top with 2.64m chips.

Shortly after the break, however, Vaskaboinikau was able to take a substantial lead into heads-up play after a cruel elimination for Timothy Adams. in a 3m chip pot. Adams had 3bet shoved with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and found himself in great shape against Vaskaboinikau who could only muster {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. The board was safe for Adams all the way to the river when a crushing {a-Hearts} sent Adams packing. He picked up $196,500 for finishing third.

Vaskaboinikau started heads-up play with a 3.4m to 2.4m advantage but 20 minutes in Koon won a near 2.5m chip pot without showdown after some agressive betting from Vaskaboinikau fell short of the mark when Koon shoved the river. The Belarusian folded before Koon revealed he had flopped a full house.

Still it wasn't over as Vaskaboinikau and Koon ended up trading the lead a few more times whilst remaining almost level in chips. As is often the case it all came down to one big pot in the end. Vaskaboinikau pushed from the button with {K-Spades}{6-Hearts} and it was the world's easiest call for Koon who quickly tabled {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}. There was to be no miracle for , and Jason Koon became the latest winner in the Bahamas. Vaskaboinikau took home $304,580 for coming runner-up while Jason Koon took the glory, the title, and the $421,080 first place prize money

Final Table Results: 2018 PCA $25,000 Single Day High Roller

Place Player Country Prize
1 Jason Koon United States $421,080
2 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Belarus $304,580
3 Timothy Adams Canada $196,500
4 Nick Petrangelo United States $148,780
5 Benjamin Pollak France $115,100
6 Chris Hunichen United States $89,840
7 Christopher Kruk Canada $71,580
8 Isaac Haxton United States $56,140

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