Martin Zamani wins PCA’s last High Roller - $25K HR
PokerStars LIVE hosted PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is now in the books. One of the last tournaments to end on the final day was the $25k High Roller along with the $10,300 Main Event which was won by USA’s David Rheem.
The last day of PCA saw the final 12 players play for the top prize of $895,110 in the 3-day $25k HR tournament. Day 2 of the tournament saw two Austrian pros Thomas Muehloecker and Markus Durnegger leading in chip counts with Muehloecker slightly ahead. Other notable players in the final 12 included $100k PCA SHR winner Sam Greenwood, Nick Petrangelo, Dominik Nitsche and PCA $25k HR winner Sean Winter.
The winner to emerge on the final day after a tough and competitive High Rollers was Martin Zamani who hails from USA. He bagged the title after beating Germany’s Nitsche in heads-up. He took home the 1st place cash prize of INR 895,110 (~INR 6.35 Crores) for his spectacular finish in the PCA. The runuer-up Nitsche won a sizeable $606,360, a respectable 2nd place cash prize indeed.
A few readers may have recognized the winner’s last name – Zamani. Benjamin Zamani, Martin’s brother, is a former World Poker Tour (WPT) Player of the Year and a two-time WSOP bracelet winner too. Martin even introduced himself in an interview as Ben’s brother.
Martin too has played quite a lot in America, having cashes since 2014. His best live cash previously was at 2018 WSOP 6-Handed BB Ante event, where he cashed in 7th place for $74,162. Though his previous best cash was a good score, there is no comparison between that and this fresh win, which more than doubled his live earnings. Zamani later commented, “It was fun, I ran really good.”
At one point in the game, Zamani was nearly busted as Muehloecker had 3-bet him with Queens and Zamani shoved with Ace-Five offsuit. An ace on the flop saved Zamani from busting and the day’s chip leader Muehloecker busted a few hands later at 3rd place for $404,240.
“I’ve wanted to play Dom (Dominik Nitsche) heads up for a long time. I mean, come on. He’s the end boss” Zamani later told the onsite press. Heads-up between him and Nitsche happened quite fast, both players checking, betting, and folding in a blaze.
The last hand of the tournament saw Nitsche limp on the button and Zamani raised to 360,000 and received a call. The flop came to Ac 10d 7h. Zamani made two pair instantly with his Ad 7d but made a cool 300,000 bet and Nitsche called it with Js 9s to see the turn come to 9d. Zamani put a sizeable bet after the turn, making a flush draw, and saw the German put his remaining 900,000 chips after tanking for a while. Only a Nine of clubs or hearts or an Eight could’ve beaten Zamani’s two pairs but the river of 2h proved fruitless and Zamani lifted the trophy later.
Final Pay-outs –
- Martin Zamani - $895,110
- Dominik Nitsche - $606,360
- Thomas Muehloecker - $404,240
- Tom-Aksel Bedell - $331,100
- Markus Durnegger - $265,640
- Gianluca Speranza - $205,980
- Sean Winter - $152,460
- Davidi Kitai - $112,040
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