Check this page regularly for updates from the throughout the 2015 PCA festival, where our team of expert bloggers will provide updates direct from the tournament floor, including news on prize pool payouts, final table profiles, photo galleries and more.
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On this page you will find full results from all 35 scheduled poker events, plus Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payouts, Video Coverage and Final Table information from the Super High Roller, Main Event and High Roller tournaments.
For more information, please see the 2015 PCA tournament schedule.
View Gallery: 2015 PCA Winners Gallery
|2||$3k LAPT Bahamas
$2,643 + $275 + $82
|12||$5k PLO Turbo
$4,850+ $300 + $150
|16||$5k NLH - Turbo 8 Handed
$4,850+ $300 + $150
|22||$2,200 NLH - Turbo
|25||$1,100 NL Unlimited Re-Entries
|298||$330,770||Raul van Boxtel
|30||$1,100 Limit Holdem Crazy Pineapple
|31||NL Turbo 8 Handed
Full reports from 2015 PCA Main Event are on the PokerStars blog.
Total Prize Pool: US$7,915,200
|2||Diego Ventura||PokerStars qualifier||907,080|
|4||Niklas Hambitzer||PokerStars qualifier||482,820|
|5||Juan Martin Pastor||PokerStars player||380,720|
|7||Pratyush Buddiga||PokerStars qualifier||203,420|
|9||Uwe Ritter||PokerStars qualifier||111,440|
|10||Shyam Srinivasan||PokerStars qualifier||91,420|
|13||Ratharam Sivagnanam||PokerStars qualifier||81,760|
|20||Andreas Samuelsson||PokerStars qualifier||58,020|
|21||Jim Collopy||PokerStars player||50,100|
|23||Tim Reilly||PokerStars qualifier||50,100|
|26||Ronaldo||Team PokerStars SportStar||42,180|
|28||Christopher Lockhart||PokerStars qualifier||36,560|
|29||Tyler Cornell||PokerStars player||36,560|
|32||Carter Swidler||PokerStars qualifier||31,820|
|33||Rodrigo Rishmague||PokerStars qualifier||31,820|
|35||Shannon Shorr||PokerStars player||31,820|
|37||Thomas Muhlocker||PokerStars qualifier||31,820|
|39||Olivier Busquet||PokerStars player||31,820|
|40||Willliam Arruda||PokerStars player||27,700|
|41||Jason Mercier||Team PokerStars Pro||27,700|
|42||Jonathan Duhamel||Team PokerStars Pro||27,700|
|43||Carlos Chadha||PokerStars qualifier||27,700|
|44||JC Alvarado||PokerStars player||27,700|
|45||Ole Schemion||PokerStars player||27,700|
|47||Mike Dietrich||PokerStars qualifier||27,700|
|49||Adam Joseph Reynolds||PokerStars qualifier||27,700|
|50||Naoya Kihara||Team PokerStars Pro Online||27,700|
|51||Louis Boutin||Live Satellite||27,700|
|56||Amos Ben Haim||24,140|
|58||Bela Toth||PokerStars qualifier||24,140|
|59||Diego Gomez||Live Satellite||24,140|
|60||Dietrich Fast||PokerStars player||24,140|
|61||Pavel Veksler||PokerStars qualifier||24,140|
|62||Laszlo Bujtas||PokerStars qualifier||24,140|
|65||Elizabeth Bennett-Martin||PokerStars qualifier||24,140|
|68||Ryan Yum||PokerStars player||24,140|
|69||David Lopez Llacer||24,140|
|70||Samuel Tsehai||PokerStars player||24,140|
|71||Felipe Esteves Carrico||PokerStars qualifier||24,140|
|73||Liv Boeree||Team PokerStars Pro||20,580|
|75||Joseph Cacaro||Live Satellite||20,580|
|77||Markus Ross||PokerStars qualifier||20,580|
|78||David Yan||PokerStars qualifier||20,580|
|80||Steven Brecher||PokerStars player||20,580|
|82||Jesse Rockowitz||PokerStars qualifier||20,580|
|83||Konstantinos Pantaridis||Live Satellite||20,580|
|84||Patrick Weifels||PokerStars qualifier||20,580|
|85||Rudy Blondeau||PokerStars qualifier||20,580|
|86||Matt Volosevich||PokerStars Qualifier||20,580|
|88||Bernardo Coelho||PokerStars Qualifier||20,580|
|90||Ioannis Kontonatsios||PokerStars player||20,580|
|91||Tomas Biliunas||10FPP qualifier||20,580|
|92||Dani Stern||PokerStars player||20,580|
|93||Zhou Zhou||PokerStars player||20,580|
|94||Daniel Negreanu||Team PokerStars Pro||20,580|
|95||Paul Knebel||PokerStars Qualifier||20,580|
|100||George Lind||Team PokerStars Pro Online||17,800|
|102||Johann Ibanez Diaz||17,800|
|103||Julio Martini||PokerStars player||17,800|
|104||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||Team PokerStars Pro||17,800|
|105||Max Silver||PokerStars player||17,800|
|106||Lothar Meier||PokerStars player||17,800|
|108||Jonathan Roy||PokerStars player||17,800|
|109||Patrick Funke||PokerStars Qualifier||17,800|
|112||Sebastian Freudenberg||$4 PokerStars qualifier||17,800|
|113||Andre Akkari||Team PokerStars Pro||17,800|
|114||Leonardo Emperador||PokerStars Qualifier||17,800|
|116||Spencer Cossette||PokerStars player||17,800|
|118||Dmitry Ivanov||PokerStars player||17,800|
|119||Dimitrios Trigkas||PokerStars Qualifier||17,800|
Seat 1: Kevin Schulz, 28, USA, living in Mexico.
Schulz is one of scores of American poker pros who have moved to Mexico so they can continue playing online. He and seventh place finisher Dylan Linde both live in Playa del Carmen, but they had never actually met before this year’s PCA. Schulz played his first EPT back in Season 6, but his only EPT cash before now was 16th in a $5k side event at the 2011 PCA and 89th at EPT10 Barcelona. His live tournament winnings already total nearly $500k with a large chunk of that coming from a fourth place finish in the 2012 WSOP $5k NL event.
Seat 2: Chance Kornuth, 28, Florida, USA
Kornuth first came to live poker fame when he won $500k in a WSOP PLO tourney in 2010. He has since accrued more than $1.7 in live tournament winnings including another $500k when he won the Bellagio Cup last July and $248k in the Seminole Hard Rock final in April. Seminole is also where he met his girlfriend Emily who is a dealer there. The couple got engaged last May when Kornuth got down on one knee at the Great Wall of China. Emily took three days off work to support her fiancé. This is Kornuth’s third PCA but the first time he’s made it beyond the Day 1 dinner break.
Seat 3: Niklas Hambitzer, 26, from Bonn, Germany, living in London – PokerStars qualifier
Hambitzer first started playing poker in home games with friends when the “Moneymaker boom” hit Europe in 2006 and 2007. He’s now an online pro, mainly competing in high-stakes 6-Max Hyper Turbos (up to $1,000). Making the final table today gives him his first recorded live result, but online he has had some notable cashes on PokerStars including winning the Bigger 55 for $50k and finishing third in the Bigger 162 for $30k. He won his $16k prize package in a $700 qualifier at the beginning of November.
Seat 4: Diego Ventura, 25, Trujillo, Peru -PokerStars qualifier
PokerStars SuperNova Diego Ventura won his $16k PCA package at the very last possible moment. It happened in a $700 qualifier three days after Christmas. Ventura started playing poker in home games with friends, got hooked - and after leaving University - worked as a waiter by day and played online at night. He turned pro three years ago, but it was last year when “Die Ventura” really hit the big time with a string of great results. This included making a second Sunday Million final as well as winning some other major tourneys: the Sunday Second Chance, Sunday Kickoff, and The Big $162. His 2014 achievements led to him being voted Online Poker Player of the Year by Peru’s poker media. So far, he has racked up more $1.2m online. He’s already had a very busy PCA. Even while he was building up a big stack in the Main Event, he was coaching Peru’s team in the Americas Cup (it finished fourth for $12,500).
Seat 5: Rami Boukai, 32, USA, living in Mexico – PokerStars qualifier
Originally from California, WSOP bracelet winner Boukai is one of dozens of American poker players who have relocated to Mexico to carry on grinding online. Boukai’s best live result to date was winning the 2009 WSOP $2,500 PLO event for $244,862, but sixth or better here at the PCA final will top that. The former MMA fighter has made periodic appearances at EPT events, his first back in Season 3 at EPT Copenhagen. However most of his $644,107 live tournament winnings have come via his numerous WSOP cashes. His best EPT result to date was 25th at the EPT Grand Final in Season 4 for €42,100. He won his $16k PCA package in a $700 qualifier. Online, his cashes include final tables in most of the major events including WCOOP, SCOOP, and Sunday 500 final tables.
Seat 6: Juan Martin Pastor, 22, near Buenos Aires, Argentina – SuperNova Elite
The 22-year-old Argentinian is well-known in the Latin American online poker community. He worked his way up from playing 1c/2c No-Limit to becoming a $500 Zoom specialist. Pastor studied at Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Last December, when he was just 4 VPPS away from SuperNova Elite status, he invited friends over for a party to watch him play out the last few hands. Pastor started studying poker via PokerStars’ Intellipoker online poker school and is now a coach for the Spanish branch. In live events, his best result before today was making the final of LAPT Colombia for the equivalent of $12k. This is his third PCA but his first cash in the Main Event.
Full reports from 2015 PCA Super High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.
Prize pool total : $6,402,000
Full reports from 2015 PCA High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.
|14||Daniel Negreanu||Team PokerStars Pro||89,100|
|16||Andre Akkari||Team PokerStars Pro||79,400|
|19||Vicente Delgado||Team PokerStars Pro Online||69,720|