Grad student pockets $1.5 million PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure win

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Professional poker welcomed its newest millionaire Wednesday as 22-year-old Ryan Daut nabbed the PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure $1.5 million first prize.

Though Daut started the day in the shadow of chip leader Isaac Haxton's enormous stack, the New Jersey grad student outplayed his five competitors to earn the cash and a World Poker Tour bracelet.

"I'm really excited and all, but it's going to hit me later tonight," Daut told PokerListings.com after taking down the event at Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas Wednesday night. "I'm just going to be overjoyed."

But going into the final table, Daut said, he didn't think he had a good chance of winning.

And for good reason: Haxton started the day with $9.2 million in chips to Daut's $2.3 million.

He hovered around the $2 million-chip mark as Frank Rusnak and Jonathan Little busted out. After Robert Mizrachi and Robert Ford were sent to the rails, Daut held $4.92 million in chips to Haxton's $13.9 million.

It wasn't enough to survive heads-up play against a mathematics student however, as Daut scored some big pots and proceeded to wipe out Haxton for the championship.

The event concluded the PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure, which saw 937 entrants post the $7,800 buy-in. Total prize money for the event hit $7.3 million.

For an in-depth look at how the main event of the Caribbean Adventure played out, visit the PokerListings.com Live Tournament Section.

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