Nick Petrangelo won the first event of the 2018 PCA, an exclusive six-max sit and go with seats filled by the leaderboard winners of each of the six Championship events. With that win, he also won and closed out the PokerStars POY race. Petrangelo, who topped the leaderboard in Macau last year, defeated Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Sochi) heads up to take what will go down as a unique title.
Here’s how things unfolded.
Having started well Chris Hunichen out in sixth place. Hunichen, who topped the leaderboard in Panama, 5-bet shoved with Jacks and lost a race to Nick Petrangelo’s ace king. His five big blinds were gone a few minutes later.
Daniel Dvoress, leaderboard winner in Monte Carlo, busted in fifth place. Knocked out by Vladimir Troyanovskiy, ace-six against Troyanovskiy’s ace-ten.
Koray Aldemir, who won the Barcelona leaderboard, was out next. He three-bet shoved with seven big blinds with A♠5♠ only for Troyanovskiy to call with A♣6♣. A six on the flop did it for Aldemir.
Three-handed Nick Petrangelo had more than half the chips, and never really looked like giving any of them up.
Play went heads up when Bryn Kenney busted. Kenney, who won the leaderboard here in the Bahamas a year ago, shoved with Q♦T♠ which Petrangelo called with A♥T♥. That was that.
Petrangelo was way ahead against Troyanovskiy, who at least put up a fight, doubling twice before shoving with A♥2♦. Petrangelo took him on with A♣8♦ and came out best.
So we bid farewell one last time to the PokerStars Championship. Meanwhile, welcome back to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.