PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event Won by Christian Harder

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Formerly known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the PokerStars Championship has been in full swing in the Bahamas with the first ever Main Event finishing up just a few days ago, with Christian Harder earning the first place win. The 29 year old poker pro of Maryland was able to become the first ever champion of the new tour, outlasting a field of 738 players in the $5,000 no limit hold’em tournament.

When the final day of the Main Event began, Harder would hold the second chip position and only six players remained, including fellow pro Cliff Josephy. In the end, it would be the two pros duking it out for the first place win. Interestingly enough, Harder was actually backed by Josephy back in 2008 when he competed in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, earning a 7th place finish in the process.

When heads up play began, Harder would have a 4 to 3 chip lead and a deal would be struck between the two, locking up $419,664 for Harder and $403,448 for Josephy. This left the title as well as $10,000 to compete for.

Only eight hands would take place before the win would go to Harder. Blinds sat at 80,000-160,000 with an ante of 20,000 when Josephy decided to raise 400,000 from the button. Harder came back with 1,100,000 and Josephy would move all-in. With the push of 6,100,000 by Josephy, Harder would decide to make the call.

Harder held A-J off-suit and Josephy would be behind with his A-8 off-suit. The board showed 9-5-4-K-9 giving Harder the hand and the win.

Final Results of PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event:

Place Finished Player Name Prize Earnings
First Christian Harder $429,664
Second Cliff Josephy $403,448
Third Michael Vela $259,980
Fourth Aleksei Opalikhin $191,420
Fifth Michael Gentili $140,940
Sixth Rasmus Glaesel $103,780
Seventh Brock Allison $76,400
Eighth John Dibella $56,260


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