The action was fast and furious in the $10,000 Single-Day High Roller at the last day of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. In the hyper format, blinds were just 15 minutes long. A total of 55 entries, 13 of which being reentries, came to the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort for one last chance at a spade trophy and hefty cheque.
After just six and a half hours, American grinder Almedin Imsirovic took down the tournament. The $160,050 he collected, marks the biggest score of his career. Cheered on by his friends on the rail, he beat a star-studded final table including Ryan Riess who had to settle for 2nd place.
|1||Almedin Imsirovic||United States||$160,050|
|2||Ryan Riess||United States||$115,770|
A lot of the high rollers strolled into the tournament room at 1 to gamble it up one last time this PCA. A lot of them left empty-handed, with some closer to the money than others.
Closest to the money without cashing, came Sylvain Loosli. The former November Niner finished in ninth place, running ace-five into the ace-eight of Mustapha Kanit.
Time was of the essence in this event, and Ramin Hajiyev's ran out soon enough after the bubble had burst. Severely short stacked, he got it in with king-six and didn't outrun Greenwood's ace-three.
Stefan Schillhabel was next to go, getting crippled with queen-jack suited to Almedin Imsirovic's ace-king. Kanit, again, was the one finishing the job eliminating the German high roller with ace-three versus six-seven. "Koray needs you more on his rail than we need you here," Kanit said with a big smile.
Schillhabel cracked a smile too and gathered his things before he moved over to the rail of the final table of the Main Event to support his friend Koray Aldemir.
Benjamin Pollak (six-deuce into king-ten) and Sam Greenwood (king-queen to ace-seven) departed in respectively sixth and fifth before Mustapha Kanit himself exited. The one-time chip leader doubled Ryan Riess first and lost ace-five to eights to bust in fourth place.
Riess and Imsirovic were both big stacks, while Matthias Eibinger was the absolute shorty. The latter didn't recover and had to settle for third place getting it in with queen-four against Riess' jack-ten. A ten on the flop and jack on the river was all there was to it for Riess, Eibinger had to leave the tournament area just before the heads up began.
Riess and Imsirovic started out about even, but with just a few big blinds in play, the tournament finished under 10 minutes later. After Riess folded two-pair to a river check-raise on a dangerous board, he was the shorter one. He made a move shoving all in with king-deuce and ran into the ace-jack of Imsirovic. Five community cards later, it was all over as Almedin Imsirovic was crowned victorious.