King of the Caribbean: Poorya Nazari Wins the PCA

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11 January 2009, Created By: Martin Derbyshire
King of the Caribbean: Poorya Nazari Wins the PCA
Canadian Poorya Nazari was crowned the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Saturday, taking home the massive $3 million first-place prize from the Atlantis Hotel & Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The 22-year-old landed his seat at the PCA during a $33 Triple-Turbo Rebuy Tournament on PokerStars that in the end cost him just $700. We won't bother doing the math on this one, except to say his return on investment is a staggering stat.

Final-table action began just after 1 p.m. with a couple of quick double-ups from 2008 WSOP final tablist Dustin Dirksen.

Left as one of the shorter stacks, Kevin Saul then became the eighth-place finisher here, running K J into Nazari's two red queens to end it all.

However, the whole world knows he lost his real shot at this tournament on Day 4 when he handed the chip lead over to Alexandre Gomes in the late stages.

Kevin Saul
Slip-sliding away.

Dan Heimiller shipped it next, taking seventh-place money in a huge hand that ended with him exiting and American Anthony Gregg tripling up. It was a tale of three small pocket pairs with Heimiller on the bottom holding fives, Nazari sandwiched in the middle with eights and Gregg's pocket nines on top.

The nines held, Heimiller was gone and Gregg found himself right back in it.

Dirksen's run of doubles ended next when he raced A K against Benny Spindler's pocket tens and his PCA came to a quick close with a sixth-place finish.

Fifth was reserved for Dutch PokerStars qualifier Pieter Tielen, who shipped it with A Q into a Benny Spindler raise. The German made the call with pocket eights, the snowmen stood up and while Tielen headed home, Spindler found himself on top.

Alexandre Gomes
Brazil blows it.

Team PokerStars Pro's Alexandre Gomes was the next to go in the biggest hand of the tournament to that point, with Benny Spindler flopping quads to crack his pocket aces.

Gomes shipped it in on the turn drawing dead, and Spindler suddenly looked like a lock to win the title on close to $17 million in chips.

They played it out anyway and before long Spindler handed that chip lead over to Nazari, turning two pair and paying off a Nazari shove when he rivered a better pair of pairs.

The lead was traded back and forth between the two before Gregg got himself back in the mix, doubling twice to make it a three-way dead heat. Three-handed play then continued for an epic five hours before Gregg sucked out on Spindler with a dominated ace and the young German was left with the short stack.

Benny Spindler
Benny had no jets.

He shipped it soon after with Q J and found himself all-in and dominated by Poorya's A J to bow out third, cashing $1.1 million.

Heads-up began with Nazari on $17,685,000 and Anthony Gregg holding $9,210,000, but in just the fourth hand Gregg shipped it in with Q 7, Nazari called with A T and after Gregg bricked out, taking $1.7 million for second, the title was his.

It was a monumental week in the Bahamas that saw the European Poker Tour set a record for entrants at a poker tournament outside of Las Vegas. The $3 million first-place prize was also second in the tour's history to Glen Chorny's $3.1 million win at the 2008 Grand Final and overall, the entire PCA was a massive success.

In the end, Canadian Poorya Nazari was the one in 1,347 who happily took down the Caribbean booty. With that, PL.com once again leaves Paradise behind and heads out on the tournament trail.

 

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