Scott Seiver Beats Strong Final Table to Win 2013 PCA Super High RollerWednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Ryan
We recently talked about the massive number of poker tournaments and events that are going to be held throughout the month of January to start off 2013. With that being said, we had one of the more popular and talked about poker tournaments coming to a close this past weekend. The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicked off over the weekend and it began with a Super High Roller event that was talked about by many, and featured some of the biggest players in the game today. The tournament features a $100k buy-in, and it was the event that started off the 2013 PCA.
When all was said and done, the event’s final table featured some very big names, but the eventual winner had some work to do in order to pull in the victory. When the champion was crowned, it was the 2011 World Poker Tour $25k Champ, Scott Seiver who won it all. He added to an already impressive resume with some big pay days, and this most recent one was worth more than $2 million, and as you could imagine, it puts him in the early lead for the bulk of the Player of the Year awards. Obviously we aren’t going to be giving away any awards yet, since we are not even halfway through January yet!
When the action started at this final table, we not only had big time players in the action, but we also had one player who was holding quite a lead over the rest of the field. It was David “Doc” Sands who had nearly 40% of the chips that were on the table when the final table started, as he was holding 6.7 million chips. To sum up exactly how large Sands’ lead was over the field, the next closest player to him was Nick Schulman who had 2.3 million chips. Seiver had quite the uphill climb, as he was holding 755,000 chips, which left him third from the bottom.
The other players who were at the table after Sands and Schulman were Philipp Gruissem with 1.61 million chips, then Greg Jensen with 1.5 million, Dan Shak with 870k chips, then Seiver after that, and the final two players to round out the last remaining were Cary Katz with 540k chips, and then Vladimir Troyanovsky with 505k chips.
Seiver may have started in the bottom half in chips, he still got things rolling quickly and built up his stack with some nice pots. After just a few levels of play, Seiver was close enough to Sands that everyone was interested in seeing if he’d be able to pull off the comeback. His total stack was around 3 million chips, and it kept on rolling along. When all was said and done, his hot streak through the final table ended up being worth more than $2 million.
When Day 3 began, it was all David “Doc” Sands, but when things got rolling, the chips ended up being moved around the table, and mainly ended up going over to Seiver, Cary Katz, and Nick Schulman. The second place finish for Sands was still very impressive, as he draw in $1,259,320, which is a good chunk more than his previous largest pay day that was worth $800k. Sands also had another second place finish in a $100k event just over a year ago when he took the consolation prize at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic.
After Seiver and Sands, it was Schulman getting third place for $744k, Katz getting fourth place for a pay day of $543k, Gruissem taking fifth place for $400k, Jensen getting sixth for $286k, Troyanovskiy getting seventh place for $257k, and Shake going home in eighth place for $228k.
With the tournaments rolling along through January and starting off 2013 the right way, with a whole lot of action, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any tournament results that come in. Also, we’ll have to keep an eye on the schedule moving forward through 2013, as there are definitely some big tournament series’ coming up in the near future, and of course we are just a few months away from the World Series of Poker as well!