Sam Greenwood outwits 60 tournament entries to emerge victorious in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller for $1.77 million
With live tournament earnings of more than $14.1 million, multiple poker titles, and a career spanning more than a decade, Sam Greenwood has already made a name for himself as one of live tournament poker’s greatest.
Last night, the player cemented that reputation with another big victory in a big tournament. The Canadian poker pro took down one of the biggest-ever PCA $100,000 Super High Rollers for a first-place prize of $1,775,460 and a shiny PokerStars trophy.
The player emerged victorious after three days of action that concluded with a short heads-up against Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen.
Greenwood had a spectacular run last year. Back in the spring of 2018, the player won three high rollers over the course of two weeks. He first took down the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for €1 million. Then he won the WPT Amsterdam €6,000 High Roller for €125,785. And he finally outwitted the field of the EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller for his career’s largest cash of €1.52 million.
All in all, Greenwood collected more than $5 million in live tournament earnings last year, a mind-boggling result he might be looking to improve this year. And he is certainly off to a strong start with last night’s triumph in one of the most popular high roller events on the poker calendar.
How He Won the Title
This year’s PCA Super High Roller drew 61 entries, including 13 re-entries. By the time cards were thrown in the air for a final day of action on Saturday at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, there were just five players left in contention, Greenwood being among them.
The eventual champion was near the bottom of the temporary leaderboard with the fourth largest stack of 2.675 million at the beginning of yesterday’s action. However, he quickly emerged as the chip leader after winning a key hand that turned the course of the game.
Chris Hunichen was actually the one to entered Day 3 as the chip leader. The player was well-positioned to take an aim at the title, but his ambitions got crushed by Greenwood on the second hand of the day. Hunichen’s [Ad][Ks] clashed into Greenwood’s pocket aces to see the latter move north of 7.3 million chips.
As for Hunichen, he survived to eventually finish 4th and collect $627,340 for his efforts. It was Talal Shakerchi who was the first to exit the tournament on Day 3. The player scooped $485,300 for his second six-figure payout this week. Shakerchi finished eighth in the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship for a little over $500,000.
Once Jesus Cortes was eliminated in third place for $828,560, it was between Greenwood and Hecklen to determine the Super High Roller champion. Greenwood entered heads-up with a stack seven times bigger than that of his opponent and never really gave Hecklen the chance to improve.
The short battle ended with a hand on which Greenwood was dealt pocket sevens to his Danish opponent’s [Ad][6d]. Chips went all in and a blank board knocked Hecklen out of the race. The player, who emerged victorious in the EPT Prague €10,000 High Roller last month, was awarded $1,284,260 for his runner-up in the PCA Super High Roller.
As for Greenwood, it was time for him to celebrate his latest triumph. The player was cheered from the rail by his mother, father, and brother Luc, also a well-known poker player.
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