Schulz Outlasts Kornuth, Ventura to Win 2015 PCA for $1.4m

Kevin Schulz

Chicago’s Kevin Schulz upset heavy favorite Chance Kornuth to win the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1.4 million.

Schulz has consistently cashed in events throughout his career but never had a major title to call his own. That changed tonight.

“I’ve been playing for almost 10 years,” he said. “I played my first one of these in 2006 and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I’m really happy to win it.”

Kornuth entered the final table as the chip leader with 7.8 million chips but failed to build on that momentum and ended up going out in third place to Schulz for a consolation prize of $641,140.

That set the stage for a heads-up battle between Schulz and upstart Peruvian Diego Ventura.

Ventura attempted to climb back into the contest but a Schulz’ 19-5 chip lead proved insurmountable.

In the final hand Schulz turned a pair of kings and that proved to be more than enough when Ventura shoved on him with a pair of fours.

Former MMA Fighter Rami Boukai Knocked Out 6th

Rami Boukai
Rami Boukai out in sixth.

WSOP bracelet winner and former MMA fighter Rami Boukai was the first player at the final to be eliminated when his pocket treys failed against Niklas Hambitzer’s Ace-Queen.

Juan Martin Pastor was the next player to fall when he got involved in a hand with Kevin Schulz.

It was the start of Schulz’ rise to glory as the American went on to wage a back-and-forth battle against Kornuth.

Schulz busted Hambitzer in fourth place to claim the overwhelming chip lead. That was enough to power him through Kornuth, into heads-up against Ventura and finally to victory.

Although he’s up over $1.4 million since getting to the Bahamas, Schulz didn’t sound like he was going to go crazy with the money.

“I’ve learned that if you just fire a bunch of bullets and playing big tournaments it doesn’t work that well,” he said.

“That’s one of the things I’m happy about having been in this game a long time and not having a big score — I’ve seen the mistakes other people have made. It’s a lot of money and I don’t want to blow it.”

Here’s a look at the complete final-table payouts for the 2015 PCA:

  • 1. Kevin Schulz - $1.4 million
  • 2. Diego Ventura - $907,080
  • 3. Chance Kornuth - $641,140
  • 4. Niklas Hambitzer - $482,820
  • 5. Juan Martin Pastor - $380,720
  • 6. Rami Boukai - $285,740
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