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2015 PCA - January 6 - 14, 2015 - Event Results

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.

Full reports from 2015 PCA will appear on the PokerStars Blog as well as the PCA Facebook page and you can follow @PokerStars_PCA.

For full details from previous years, take a look at the PCA 2014 results, PCA 10th Anniversary results and PCA 2012 results.

 

Tournament Results

 

View Gallery: 2015 PCA Winners Gallery

 

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZEPOOL WINNER
2 $3k LAPT Bahamas
$2,643 + $275 + $82
07.01.15-09.01.15
736 $1,945,248 Josh Kay
$367,928
12 $5k PLO Turbo
$4,850+ $300 + $150
09.01.15
53 $257,050 Benoit Galland
$80,970
14 $2,200 NLH
$1,940+$200+$60
10.01.15
217 $430,980 Paul Volpe
89,140
16 $5k NLH - Turbo 8 Handed
$4,850+ $300 + $150
10.01.15
91 $441,350 Aleksandr Denisov
$117,250
19 $1,100 HORSE
$970+$100+$30
11.01.15
28 $27,160 Alexander Orlov
$10,040
21 $1,100 NL
$970+$100+$30
11.01.15
177 $171,690 Vladimir Dobrovolskii
$38,050
22 $2,200 NLH - Turbo
$1,940+$200+$60
11.01.15
87 $168,780 Jimmy Castano
$42,000
25 $1,100 NL Unlimited Re-Entries
$970+$100+$30
12.01.15
298 $330,770 Raul van Boxtel
$57,970
30 $1,100 Limit Holdem Crazy Pineapple
$970+$100+$30
13.01.15
17 $16,490 Jean-Philippe Piquette
$6,930
31 NL Turbo 8 Handed
$4,850+$300+$150
13.01.15
109 $528,650 Jonathan Duhamel
$116,738
32 NL Turbo
$523+$60+$17
13.01.15
146 $76,358 Henri Parviainen
$18,338

2015 PCA Main Event - January 8 - 14, 2015 - Event Coverage

 

Full reports from 2015 PCA Main Event are on the PokerStars blog.

 

Payout

Total Prize Pool: US$7,915,200

Place Name Status Prize($)
1 Kevin Schulz   1,491,580
2 Diego Ventura PokerStars qualifier 907,080
3 Chance Kornuth   641,140
4 Niklas Hambitzer PokerStars qualifier 482,820
5 Juan Martin Pastor PokerStars player 380,720
6 Rami Boukai   285,740
7 Pratyush Buddiga PokerStars qualifier 203,420
8 Dylan Linde   140,900
9 Uwe Ritter PokerStars qualifier 111,440
10 Shyam Srinivasan PokerStars qualifier 91,420
11 Benjamin Pollak   91,420
12 Eugenio Mattar   81,760
13 Ratharam Sivagnanam PokerStars qualifier 81,760
14 Emrah Cakmak   73,840
15 Scott Baumstein   73,840
16 Maurice Hawkins   65,940
17 Juan Etcheverry   65,940
18 Felipe Ramos   58,020
19 Ambrose Ng   58,020
20 Andreas Samuelsson PokerStars qualifier 58,020
21 Jim Collopy PokerStars player 50,100
22 Noah Schwartz   50,100
23 Tim Reilly PokerStars qualifier 50,100
24 Mayu Roca   42,180
25 Edward Sorensen   42,180
26 Ronaldo Team PokerStars SportStar 42,180
27 Stefan Jedlicka   42,180
28 Christopher Lockhart PokerStars qualifier 36,560
29 Tyler Cornell PokerStars player 36,560
30 Andrew Wayman   36,560
31 Josue Sauvageau   36,560
32 Carter Swidler PokerStars qualifier 31,820
33 Rodrigo Rishmague PokerStars qualifier 31,820
34 Walter Fisher   31,820
35 Shannon Shorr PokerStars player 31,820
36 Trevor Pope   31,820
37 Thomas Muhlocker PokerStars qualifier 31,820
38 Corey Hochman   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
46 David Eldridge   27,700
47 Mike Dietrich PokerStars qualifier 27,700
48 Tony Baggio   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
52 Alex Venovski   27,700
53 Alex Klimashin   27,700
54 John Patgorski   27,700
55 Hugh Drummond   27,700
56 Amos Ben Haim   24,140
57 Mario Puccini   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
63 Joe Ebanks   24,140
64 Frank Williams   24,140
65 Elizabeth Bennett-Martin PokerStars qualifier 24,140
66 Yury Gulyy   24,140
67 Azim Popatia   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
72 Robert Schiffbauer   20,580
73 Liv Boeree Team PokerStars Pro 20,580
74 Owen Crowe   20,580
75 Joseph Cacaro Live Satellite 20,580
76 Stefano Terziani   20,580
77 Markus Ross PokerStars qualifier 20,580
78 David Yan PokerStars qualifier 20,580
79 Daniel Strelitz   20,580
80 Steven Brecher PokerStars player 20,580
81 Shawn Buchanan   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
87 Nicholas Palma   20,580
88 Bernardo Coelho PokerStars Qualifier 20,580
89 Andrew Whitaker   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
96 Jake Schwartz   17,800
97 Daniel Studer   17,800
98 Robert Black   17,800
99 Ollie Price   17,800
100 George Lind Team PokerStars Pro Online 17,800
101 Jeffrey Esterling   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
107 Jason Helder   17,800
108 Jonathan Roy PokerStars player 17,800
109 Patrick Funke PokerStars Qualifier 17,800
110 Thad McNulty   17,800
111 Robert Salaburu   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
115 Justin Zaki   17,800
116 Spencer Cossette PokerStars player 17,800
117 Chad Eveslage   17,800
118 Dmitry Ivanov PokerStars player 17,800
119 Dimitrios Trigkas PokerStars Qualifier 17,800

 

Final Table

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.

2015 PCA Super High Roller - January 6 - 8, 2015 - Event Coverage

 

Full reports from 2015 PCA Super High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.

 

Payout

Prize pool total : $6,402,000

Place Name Status Prize($)
1 Steve O'Dwyer   1,872,580
2 Roger Sippl   1,344,420
3 Bryn Kenney   873,880
4 Sorel Mizzi   659,400
5 Christoph Vogelsang   512,160
6 Sam Greenwood   396,920
7 Andrew Robl   313,700
8 Scott Seiver   243,280
9 Jake Schindler   185,660

 

2015 PCA High Roller - January 12 - 15, 2015 - Event Coverage

Full reports from 2015 PCA High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.

 

Payout

Place Name Status Prize($)
1 Ilkin Garibli   1,105,040
2 Joe Kuether   1,050,000
3 Oleksii Khoroshenin   629,460
4 Jean-Pascal Savard    508,080
5 Scott Seiver   398,340
6 Nick Petrangelo   301,500
7 Faraz Jaka   221,440
8 Dan Heimiller   162,700
9 Lee Markholt   134,940
10 Dominik Nitsche   112,980
11 Bryn Kenney   112,980
12 Piotr Franczak   98,780
13 Ilkin Amirov   98,780
14 Daniel Negreanu Team PokerStars Pro 89,100
15 Taylor Paur   89,100
16 Andre Akkari Team PokerStars Pro 79,400
17 Garrett Greer   79,400
18 Robert Tepper   69,720
19 Vicente Delgado Team PokerStars Pro Online 69,720
20 Jose Quintas   69,720
21 Niall Farrell   63,260
22 Thomas Muhlocker   63,260
23 Jimmy Zhou   63,260
24 Jonathan Karamalikis   56,820
25 Davidi Kitai   56,820
26 Lawrence Greenberg   56,820
27 Sam Greenwood   56,820
28 Govert Metaal   50,360
29 Darren Elias   50,360
30 Igor Kurganov   50,360
31 Jonathan Little   50,360
32 Jake Cody   44,540
33 Ivan Luca   44,540
34 Zvi Stern   44,540
35 Simeon Naydenov   44,540
36 Vladimir Dobrovolskii   44,540
37 Ramin Hajiyev   44,540
38 Samuel Bongard   44,540
39 Alexandros Kolonias   44,540
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