2012 PCA Results

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The 2012 PCA was one of the biggest live poker festivals ever staged, and here’s where you can find the results of every event. Our team of expert bloggers provided updates direct from the tournament floor that included chip counts, prize pool payouts, final table profiles, photo galleries and more.

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2012 PCA - January 4 - 14, 2012 - Event Results

On this page you will find Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table from the event.

For more information, please see the 2012 PCA event page.

Full reports from 2012 PCA are on the PokerStars blog.

2012 PCA Main Event - January 7 - 13, 2012 - Event Coverage

Full reports from 2012 PCA Main Event are on the PokerStars blog.

 

View Gallery: 2012 PCA Main Event Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Final Day

 

Payout

A total of 1072 players entered this year's PCA Main Event, creating a total prize pool of $10,398,400. 160 places will be paid with $1,775,000 million for first place.

Place Name Prize ($) Status
1 John Dibella 1,775,000  
2 Kyle Julius 1,500,000  
3 Faraz Jaka 755,000  
4 Xuan Liu 600,000  
5 Mark Drover 468,000  
6 Anthony Gregg 364,000  
7 David Bernstein 260,000  
8 Ruben Visser 156,400  
9 Lee Goldman 101,000  
10 Martin Jacobson 101,000  
11 Phil D'Auteuil 85,000  
12 Daniel Shiff 85,000  
13 Nikolaos Alafogiannis 70,000  
14 Alex Fitzgerald 70,000  
15 Sam Greenwood 58,000  
16 David Granados 58,000  
17 Daniel Schmieding 52,000  
18 Byron Kaverman 52,000  
19 Charles Furey 52,000  
20 Maxim Semisoshenko 52,000  
21 Corey Burbick 52,000  
22 David Peters 52,000  
23 Alex Venovski 52,000  
24 Danny Chevalier 52,000  
25 Barry Greenstein 46,000 Team PokerStars Pro
26 Roberto Rivera Serrano 46,000  
27 Gabriel Thomas Patrick 46,000  
28 William Luciano 46,000  
29 Warren Strong 46,000  
30 Luca Pagano 46,000  
31 Lawrence Greenberg 46,000  
32 Andrei Cristian Folescu 41,000  
33 Peter Draxl 41,000  
34 Nikolaev Kolev 41,000  
35 Richard Washinsky 41,000  
36 Jesus Sanchez Ruber 41,000  
37 Bill Chen 41,000  
38 Jan Heitmann 41,000 PokerStars Team Pro
39 Robin Lindqvist 41,000  
40 Eddy Sabat 41,000  
41 Rudy Blondeau 37,500  
42 Sam Chartier 37,500  
43 Erik Cajelais 37,500  
44 Luis Jaikel 37,500  
45 Artem Kachnyy 37,500  
46 Marc Tschirch 37,500  
47 Andrew Badecker 37,500  
48 Viacheslav Igin 37,500  
49 Max Leonhard 35,000  
50 Casey Kastle 35,000  
51 Sergio Garcia 35,000  
52 Yevgeniy Timoshenko 35,000  
53 James Seletzky 35,000  
54 William Reynolds 35,000  
55 Spencer Hudson 35,000  
56 Alex Kuzmin 35,000  
57 Nicholas Grippo 32,500  
58 Arnaud Mattern 32,500 PokerStars Team Pro
59 Jannick Wrang 32,500  
60 Ami Alibay 32,500  
61 Chris Klodnicki 32,500  
62 Alex Casals 32,500  
63 Rodrigo Abellán Vivancos 32,500  
64 Galen Hall 32,500  
65 Mikhail Shikhworich 30,000  
66 Nikolai Senninger 30,000  
67 Jens Patzner 30,000  
68 Ryan Julius 30,000  
69 Vadym Umerenko 30,000  
70 Andrey Romanov 30,000  
71 Alexey Sudarikov 30,000  
72 Nick Jamieson 30,000  
73 Patrick Jann 27,500  
74 Oscar Trestini 27,500  
75 Roch Cousineau 27,500  
76 Lothar Meier 27,500  
77 Jonathan Grubb 27,500  
78 Leo Fernandez 27,500 PokerStars Team Pro
79 James Moore 27,500  
80 Gani Weiss 27,500  
81 Elliot Smith 25,000  
82 Brian England 25,000  
83 Adam Geyer 25,000  
84 Phil Collins 25,000  
85 Steve Westlund 25,000  
86 Thomas Laviano 25,000  
87 Mikhail Semin 25,000  
88 Johan Hermans 25,000  
89 Eric Wasserson 22,500  
90 Christian De Leon 22,500 PokerStars Team Pro
91 Martin Debruhl 22,500  
92 Patrick Cronin 22,500  
93 Arash Moghaddam Maragheh 22,500  
94 Carlos Mortensen 22,500  
95 Anton Astapov 22,500  
96 Evgeniy Zaytsev 22,500  
97 Richard Bruning 20,000  
98 Stephen Reynolds 20,000  
99 David Assouline 20,000  
100 Pierre May 20,000  
101 Chad Eveslage 20,000  
102 Connor Drinan 20,000  
103 Kevin Bromfield 20,000  
104 Tommy Vedes 20,000  
105 Andrew Lichtenberger 20,000  
106 Osman Mustanoglu 20,000  
107 Gualter Salles 20,000 PokerStars SportsStar
108 Pavel Chalupka 20,000  
109 Robin Van Gils 20,000  
110 Shawn Klassen 20,000  
111 Fuad Rahimov 20,000  
112 Todd Flanagan 20,000  
113 Veselin Mareshki 17,500  
114 Javier Dominguez Gomez 17,500 PokerStars Team Online
115 Harrison Gimbel 17,500  
116 Mark Herm 17,500  
117 Joao Nunes 17,500 PokerStars Team Pro
118 Tom McCormick 17,500  
119 Bolivar Palacios 17,500  
120 Randy Lew 17,500 PokerStars Team Online
121 Peter Dragar 17,500  
122 Jasper Wetemans 17,500  
123 Vladimir Faubert 17,500  
124 Adel Jo 17,500  
125 Vinny Pahuja 17,500  
126 Noah Boeken 17,500 PokerStars Team Pro
127 Dan Hirleman 17,500  
128 Gregor Thomas 17,500  
129 Daniel Nielsen 17,500  
130 Shawn Buchanan 17,500  
131 Michael Frazin 17,500  
132 Ashley Mason 17,500  
133 Liv Boeree 17,500 PokerStars Team Pro
134 Nicolas Walters 17,500  
135 Philippe Rousseaux 17,500  
136 Francisco Picasso 17,500  
137 Helio Chreem 15,000  
138 Simon Christensson 15,000  
139 Anthony Gargano 15,000  
140 Mike Dietrich 15,000  
141 Anders Berg 15,000 PokerStars Team Online
142 Luke Nettles 15,000  
143 Peter Eichhardt 15,000  
144 Adam Levy 15,000  
145 Stephen Chidwick 15,000  
146 Brent Sheirbon 15,000  
147 Antti Mattila 15,000  
148 André Bergdølmo 15,000  
149 Leif Force 15,000  
150 Thomas Markussen 15,000  
151 Marius Pospiech 15,000  
152 Arben Zenuni 15,000  
153 Constantin Florin 15,000  
154 Tobias Hagedorn 15,000  
155 Juan Manuel Pastor 15,000 PokerStars Team Pro
156 Shane Schleger 15,000 PokerStars Team Online
157 Robert Cooper 15,000  
158 Paul Muller 15,000  
159 Kambiz Kashi 15,000  
160 Thomas Miller 15,000  

Final Table

SEAT NAME COUNTRY STATUS Chips
1 Mark Drover Canada PokerStars qualifier 1,430,000
2 Tony Gregg USA   1,160,000
3 David Bernstein Canada   1,960,000
4 Ruben Visser Netherlands   4,400,000
5 Faraz Jaka Chicago/Las Vegas/Europe   6,470,000
6 John Dibella USA   6,470,000
7 Xuan Liu Canada   6,355,000
8 Kyle Julius USA   6,450,000

 

PCA 2012  - FINAL TABLE PLAYER PROFILES

 

Seat 1: Mark Drover, 24, Newfoundland, Canada - PokerStars qualifier - 1,430,000 chips

Mark Drover is taking a masters in political science at Memorial University in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He qualified for the PCA on PokerStars after reaching stage 5 in the Steps programme and joining the $700 qualifier, meaning he’ll now get a great return on his investment. Two of his friends from St John’s also qualified for the PCA on PokerStars, and they have been railing Drover since being knocked out themselves.

Drover, 24, normally plays mid-stakes online multi-table tournaments, but he has made four Venetian Deepstack final tables in Las Vegas as well as one WSOP cash, giving him total live tournament earnings so far of $34,497. That figure will be eclipsed once the final table here is over.

Seat 2: Tony Gregg, 25, Maryland, USA  - 1,160,000 chips

Tony Gregg started playing poker at age 18. Once an online cash game specialist and mid-stakes regular, the young man from Maryland in the United States made his biggest live poker score right here at the PCA at age 22. In 2009, Gregg finished in second place to Poorya Nazari in the PCA main event. At the time, Gregg was on a complete freeroll after cashing in 800,000 of his Frequent Player Points for a seat in the main event. His score was worth $1.7million. Gregg’s appearance at the 2012 final table will be the first time anyone has made two PCA main event final tables.  Now 25, Gregg has been focusing on playing live games in the Washington D.C. area. He said, “It's really cool making the PCA final again. I don't think anyone has ever done that. I'm the short stack for tomorrow so not really under any pressure.”

Seat 3: David Bernstein, 30, Canada - 1,960,000 chips

David Bernstein is the only PCA finalist who effectively got to the Bahamas for nothing at all. Back in December, the 30-year-old took part in a special PokerStars promotion for Canadian players which involved nothing more strenuous than depositing money on PokerStars via the online payment company Ukash. Everyone who took part in the “Ukash Ultimate Experience” was entered into a draw – and David Bernstein was the player selected at random just three days after Christmas. The prize included free flights to the Bahamas, nine nights’ accommodation, a live tutorial, a meet-and-greet with a member of Team PokerStars Pro and – most importantly – a seat in the Main Event.  A week ago he told the PokerStars blog: “The feeling of winning the competition was surreal. It felt like a dream. Now I am going to try and win the tournament and take the money home to my family."

Seat 4: Ruben Visser, 22, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 4,400,000 chips

Visser took up online poker while studying business and marketing at college. He is still at college but now combines studying for a masters in entrepreneurship with playing poker. His first live cash came in 2008 when he made the final of a €500 event in Prague. At the time his online career was also hotting up and results included winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up event for $113,000.

In 2009, Visser finished 20th in a PCA side event and in June came 11th in the WPT Barcelona Main Event, before winning a €400 side event a few days later. His biggest cash to date was runner-up in a €5k side event during the Season 6 EPT Grand Final for €171,450.  Last summer he finished 44th in the WSOP Main Event for $196,174 and only a month ago he took down a €1k event in Venlo, Holland, for €42,000.

Visser was born in Amsterdam and had a childhood in which sports played a large part; he excelled at hockey, tennis, football and snowboarding. He has made more than $600k so far in live tournament winnings - and considerably more in online poker tournaments. 

Seat 5: Faraz Jaka, 26, Chicago/Las Vegas/Europe - 6,470,000 chips

Jaka, poker professional, entrepreneur and fashion figure, has dominated large swathes of this tournament having built a huge stack early on Day 2. He has relinquished the chip lead at times, but only briefly, and it never seemed that it was going to lose it for long.

“I’ve been playing professionally for around three years but I’m going to slow things down to focus more on www.axiscasterboarding.com, which I’m really pushing as a sport,” said Jaka, a player known to be as creative with his dress sense as he is with his poker play. Jaka has racked up $2,394,969 in live tournament winnings over the last five years with his largest single cash being $774,780. To make a career high score the American will have to get heads up. “Only the top two will do it,” said Jaka.

Seat 6: John Dibella, 43, New York, USA - 3,465,000 chips

John Dibella is a 43-year-old stock trader and hails from Westchester, New York. He qualified for the Main Event in a $1,000 satellite earlier in the week and has parlayed that into a seat at the final table worth – at least - $156,400. His third time at the PCA, Dibella previously cashed in the Main Event in 2008 when he finished 60th for $16,000 (his largest cash on record).

Seat 7: Xuan Liu, 25, Toronto, Canada - 6,355,000 chips

Xuan Liu is the first woman to ever appear at a PCA Main Event final table. Her breakthrough came when she won PokerStars’ Italian Poker Tour San Remo €1,000 side event in December 2010 for €48,000 and then, only a few months later finished third at EPT San Remo for $524,705, a stand-out result in total career winnings so far of $655,886. She is already guaranteed $156,400 here, but she looks a good bet to get much more as the final progresses.

Liu, 25, has always been fascinated by games of skill and chance, and used to play hands of poker against herself from six years old. But it was at Waterloo University back home in Ontario, Canada where she started playing regularly. It was a poker hotbed that was also home to the likes of Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, former EPT Grand Final winner Glen Chorny, Michael Watts and Steve Paul.

After university, Liu switched from cash to live tournaments, a move which now looks like the best decision of her life.

Seat 8: Kyle Julius, 25, Chicago, Illinois, USA – 6,450,000

The PCA Main Event final table is guaranteed to be a career-high live score for Illinois native Kyle Julius, but the poker pro has plenty of experience on his side, not to mention a big stack, heading into today’s action.  Julius, who made a name for himself online under the screenname “KJulius10”, has over $1 million in winnings on PokerStars, including a win in the Sunday 500 in January of 2011 worth around $87,000.  His previous best live score was a third place finish in a 2010 Venetian Deep Stack event worth $65,861.  He also made a deep run at last month’s Five Diamond Main Event at Bellagio, finishing in 12th.

Julius first learned to play poker when his older brother, Ryan, 27, came home from his freshman year of college and told the younger Julius he should take up the game.  Little brother listened to his big brother and, after a brief stint studying at Northern Kentucky University, Kyle started playing poker full time. Kyle says Ryan, who was playing in the PCA $25k High Roller today, is the better player of the two, but both are well known in online poker circles as tough competitors.

2012 PCA Super High Roller - January 5 - 7, 2012 - Event Coverage

A total of 30 players entered Event #1 of this year's PCA, the $100k Super High Roller, with two re-entries.

Full reports from 2012 PCA Super High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.

 

View Gallery: 2012 PCA Super High Roller

 

Payout

Total prize pool: $3,136,000

POS NAME COUNTRY STATUS PRIZE
1 Viktor Blom Sweden PokerStars Team Pro $1,254,400
2 Dan Shak USA   $846,700
3 Galen Hall USA   $470,400
4 Jonathan Duhamel Canada PokerStars Team Pro $313,600
5 Daniel Negreanu Canada PokerStars Team Pro $250,900

Final Table

PCA $100k Super High Roller final table

Seat 1 Humberto Brenes, Team PokerStars Pro, Costa Rica, 343,000
Seat 2 Scott Seiver, USA, 556,000
Seat 3 Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro, Canada, 1,230,000
Seat 4 Jonathan Duhamel, Team PokerStars Pro, Canada, 1,336,000
Seat 5 Mike McDonald, Canada, 360,000
Seat 6 Dan Shak, USA, 1,199,000
Seat 7 Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Team PokerStars Pro, Sweden, 1,228,000
Seat 8 Galen Hall, USA, 1,748,000

2012 PCA High Roller - January 12 - 14, 2012 - Event Coverage

Full reports from 2012 PCA High Roller are on the PokerStars blog.

 

View Gallery: 2012 PCA High Roller

 

Payout

Place Name Prize ($) Status
1 Leonid Bilokur 1,134,930  
2 Jonathan Duhamel 634,550 PokerStars Team Pro
3 Isaac Haxton 380,730  
4 Jason Koon 271,950  
5 Nicolas Fierro 217,560  
6 Govert Metaal 181,300  
7 Michael Telker 145,040  
8 Randy Lew 108,780 PokerStars Team Online
9 Nick Yunis 79,770  
10 Terje Augdal 79,770  
11 Matt Marafioti 72,520  
12 Eli Berg 72,520  
13 Leonid Vichman 65,270  
14 Kunimaro Kojo 65,270  
15 Bill Perkins 58,020  
16 Elio Fox 58,020  

 

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