Martin Zamani got the spadey and almost $900,000 for winning the $25,000 High Roller at the 2019 PCA.

The highlight of the final day of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure might have been the final table of the Main Event, but on one of the outer tables, Martin Zamani was putting on a show of his own in the $25,000 High Roller event. Zamani beat out a final table that included Thomas Muehlocker, Sean Winter and Dominik Nitsche to pick up $895,110 and just the second win of his career.

Following Sam Greenwood‘s elimination in ninth place, the official final table was ready for action. It took just 10 minutes for a short-stacked Davidi Kitai to find a hand to attempt to double up with. Thomas Muehlocker raised to 45,000 from middle position before Kitai moved all in for 165,000. Muehlocker called and showed JdTd which put him well behind Kitai’s QdQc. The KdTs8c flop was a safe one for Kitai as was the 5c turn. The Js river, however, gave Muehlocker two pair and sent Kitai to the rail in 8th place.

Five minutes later, Sean Winter joined him in the payouts line. Winter raised to 100,000 from middle position, Tom-Aksel Bedell called from the cutoff before Zamani re-raised to 280,000 from the button. Winter called all in, Bedell also moved all in forcing Zamani to fold. Bedell tabled AcAh while Winter showed {as]Th. The Kc4s3h flop changed nothing and after the 4c turn, Winter could only collect his things and watch the meaningless 9d hit the river to confirm his seventh place finish.

The pace of play took a significant hit as six-handed play continued for 2.5 hours before the next elimination occurred. Nitsche raised from the button to 60,000 and Gianluca Speranza called from the big blind. After the Qh3h2s flop, Speranza check-raised Nitsche from 50,000 to 185,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the 5s and Speranza bet 220,000 and Nitsche called. Speranza then moved all in after the 6c and Nitsche called and showed 6d4d for a six-high stright while Speranza tabled Qs5h for two pair.

Just 15 minutes later, two more players were sent to the rail. Markus Durnegger moved all in from the button, Bedell moved all in over the top for 1,625,0000 and Zamani called from the big blind. Durnegger showed 5c5s, Bedell had Ah9h and Zamani was well ahead with QcQs. The board ran out 8d3c2sJs8s to give Zamani the pot and eliminate Durnegger in fifth and Bedell in fourth.

A little over an hour later, Muehloecker’s run was cut short. Nitsche folded the button, Muehlocker completed from the small blind before Zamani raised to 250,000 from the big blind. Muehloecker responded by moving all for 1,055,000 and Zamani called. Zamani had Ah8s while Muehloecker tabled KsTs. The 6s3c3h flop was no help for Muehloecker and neither was the 9c turn or 8c river and Muehloecker was out in third.

Heads-up play began with Zamani holding a 2.5-1 chip lead over Nitsche and it took just 20 minutes for Zamani to have all the chips. After Nitsche limped his button, Zamani raised to 360,000 and Nitsche called. The flop came AcTd7h. Zamani bet 300,000 and Nitsche called. The turn was the 9d and this time Zamani bet 2,000,000 and Nitsche called all in. Zamani showed Ad7d for two pair and Nitsche tabled Js9s for a pair and a gutshot straight draw. The river was the 2h, completely missing Nitsche and eliminating him in second place and giving Zamani the first six-figure score of his career.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Martin Zamani – $895,110
  2. Dominik Nitsche – $606,360
  3. Thomas Muehloecker – $404,240
  4. Tom-Aksel Bedell – $331,100
  5. Markus Durnegger – $265,640
  6. Gianluca Speranza – $205,980
  7. Sean Winter – $152,460
  8. Davidi Kitai – $112,040