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2014 PCA : Jake Schindler Defeats Greg Merson Heads Up for $1,192,624! Selbst finishes in 3rd place

Tags: 2014 pca, Greg Merson, high roller, Jake Schindler, Vanessa Selbst.
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by "T".

On Monday, Vanessa Selbst, the winner of the 2013 PCA High Roller, had an incredible chance to defend her title as she had the chip lead with only 14 players remaining in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller ($25,000 buy-in, 247 entries).

Things went really well at first, and after she had sent Mustapha Kanit packing in 4th place with pocket aces against pocket jacks (all-in preflop) things looked even better as she had about 5.5 million chips - slightly behind the chip leader, Jake Schindler, and well ahead of Greg Merson, the winner of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.

Things can change rather quick in the game of NL Hold'em though - and that's something the Team PokerStars Pro got to experience yesterday. After she had lost two all-ins against the short stack, she decided to shove her remaining chips with A9 and Schindler called with AT. Both players hit an ace on the flop but, after the turn and river cards had been dealt, Schindler's kicker card won him the pot and Selbst hit the rail in 3rd place for $607,580.

After a short break, in which a deal was discussed, heads up play begun. A deal was agreed upon instantly (Jake Schindler $992,624 and Greg Merson $948,996) and now there was "only" $200,000 left to play for.

The game loosened up a lot after the deal had been made and Greg Merson even stopped looking at his cards for some time. After Merson had moved all in 4 times and didn't get any action, he and Schindler agreed to move all in the following hand and let the poker gods take care of the rest.

Merson: 4Club9Spade

Schindler: KHeartTSpade

The board ran out 8Spade3SpadeTClubAClub4Spade and Schindler had Merson covered by at least a million chips, which meant that he had won the additional $200,000, a trophy and a Slyde Steel and Rose Gold watch worth €12,800! According to a live poker database, Schindler now has $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. According to pokerstars blog, Merson became the 21st player in history to have won more than $10 million in live tournaments. 

 

PCA 2014 High Roller
Date: 10-13 January 2014
Buy-in: $25,000
Game: NLHE 8-handed re-entry
Entries: 247
Prize pool: $6,051,500

1. Jake Schindler, USA, $1,192,624
2. Greg Merson, USA, $948,996
3. Vanessa Selbst, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, $607,580
4. Mustapha Kanit, $492,600
5. Robert Mizrachi, USA, $389,720
6. Aleksandr Denisov, $295,920
7. Ole Schemion, Germany, $216,040
8. Joao Viera, $157,960


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6 comments for "2014 PCA : Jake Schindler Defeats Greg Merson Heads Up for $1,192,624! Selbst finishes in 3rd place"

 doubletop7771/14/2014 11:34:26 AM GMT
Congratulations to Jake Schindler on winning this tournament but what a crazy way to end it. They played blind for $200,000!!! This goes to show how most poker players have no regard for money
 Heskor1/14/2014 11:40:37 AM GMT
Da,m where is Daniel, he should have at least gone to the final table and I am sad that Vanessa did not win, she had the lead prior to this anyway cheers was fun to watch the tourney unfoild!
 noonlion1/14/2014 10:31:12 PM GMT
That is insane that they did that for $200k - I tell you a seasoned pro would never agree to something like that. That's a 1/6th of their winnings and they didn't give a shit...bizarre I can only think tat the occasion got to them and they weren't thinking straight.
after enjoying their prospective glory, they'll look back on that an think, 'I gambled blind for a house'.

That's poker. Interesting and crazy often.
 DaCapo711/15/2014 3:08:34 PM GMT
Verry strong that Vanessa Selbst had the chance to win this highroller pca bahamas event the second time. And the first place for nearly 1.2 Million $ are verry nice. Really a dream to win one time this tourney or a other at the ept series. And after than to quit playing poker...
 bowie19841/15/2014 3:49:06 PM GMT
Posted by noonlion:
That is insane that they did that for $200k - I tell you a seasoned pro would never agree to something like that. That's a 1/6th of their winnings and they didn't give a shit...bizarre I can only think tat the occasion got to them and they weren't thinking straight.
after enjoying their prospective glory, they'll look back on that an think, 'I gambled blind for a house'.

That's poker. Interesting and crazy often.


That part was for pure fun, the deal before that made sure both of them end up with almost a mil.
This happened in the EPT also not so long ago.
 Macubaas1/16/2014 8:08:09 PM GMT
Congratulations to Jack for his win, i liked how he played the final hand and most of all that he waited for a decent hand to end the game Smile

Also Vanessa played good, i mean she always gets pretty good places in all the tournaments that she participate, i think that with a bit of luck she could have take this one too.

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