Chris Kruk Wins $25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller of 2018 PCA

The $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller event of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has come to an end and it was Chris Kruk who claimed the first place finish. A total of 144 players registered to compete in the event, with Kruk earning just over $836,000 for outlasting the field of competitors.

Kurk earned the first place win in the high roller event just three days after finishing in 7th place during the single day high roller event. That tournament also had a $25,000 buy-in and would give the pro just over $71,000 in prize money. In the No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, Kruk would face a tough final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Igor Kurganov and Justin Bonomo.

In the end, it would be Kruk and Jonathan Jaffe facing off in heads-up play. After Richard Seymour was knocked out in third place, Jaffe and Kruk would begin heads up play. Jaffe had a huge lead as he took down Seymour, beginning the one on one matchup with an 11 to 1 chip lead.

Despite being down in chips, Kruk would win a few big all-in hands to narrow the chip gap and eventually take the lead. When he was in the lead, an all-in with Jaffe would occur, signaling the final hand of the competition.

The final hand took place when blinds were set at 25,000-50,000. Jaffe would move all-in with pocket fours and Kruk would call holding pocket jacks. The board fell 8-5-2-K-8 giving Kruk the better hand and the first place win.

Final Results of the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller:

Place Player Prize
First Christopher Kruk $836,350
Second Jonathan Jaffe $569,760
Third Richard Seymour $376,360
Fourth Justin Bonomo $310,150
Fifth Igor Kurganov $249,160
Sixth Mikita Badziakouski $195,150
Seventh Stefan Schillhabel $146,360
Eighth Felipe Ramos $108,030
Ninth Daniel Negreanu $83,640


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