PCA 2015: Azerbaijan miracle


PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is one of the biggest starts of the year, traditionally opening poker calendar. Play in Bahamas is always special. This stage wasn’t any different.

Since January, 6 in casino Atlantis millions of dollars were distributed between poker players. During this week we saw Ronaldo’s first cash in tournaments, Mike McDonald’s push-ups and squats after lost bet and, finally, triumph of Azerbaijani player Ilkin Garibli who joined his friends to play High roller tournament for fun and won over $1 million!

Well, it was something else. Let us start from the beginning.

PCA $100,000 Super High Roller

Super High Rollers always start first. There were 66 registrations, 10 more than last year – new record!

During the first day of the tournament we saw how famous poker troll Bill Perkins, businessman and high stakes enthusiast, trolled Mike McDonald. The latter, despite his experience and talent, was wasting a lot of time for every decision he made, making everybody go nuts.

That’s when Perkins decided to give him a lesson. The first task was 300 squat repetitions an hour – McDonalds did that and got $10,000.  Second was harder – 350 push-ups and McDonalds almost succeeded again but Canadian pro came short with 323 push-ups.

PCA $100,000 Super High Roller 2015 results:

1. Steve O'Dwyer (USA) – $1,872,580
2. Roger Sippl (USA) – $1,344,420
3. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $873,880
4. Sorel Mizzi (Canada) – $659,400
5. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) – $512,160
6. Sam Greenwood (Canada) – $396,920
7. Andrew Robl (USA) – $313,700.

Ok, jokes aside. Final table was remarkable. One of the businessman of Silicon Valley Roger Sippl somehow managed to make it with a company of well-established pros. And he went into heads-up.

However, Steve O’Dwyer, the champion of ACOP Macau Super High Roller 2014, came first.


PCA $25,000 High Roller

After the Day 1 Scott Seiver, champion of PCA SHR 2013, was in command and he made it to top 5 eventually. Seiver did very well here. He made to two final tables and earned $550,000prize money total.

But the main hero in this tournament is Azerbaijani Ilkin Garibli, son of Eldar Garibli, one of the most powerful businessmen in the country. The thing is Ilkin wasn’t planning on playing poker on Bahamas. He was just enjoying himself there with the family. His friend advised him to take part in High roller.

2015 PCA_25K High Roller_Day 3

“This was my first tournament, I usually play cash poker with my friends” – Garibli explained the day before final.

He told that places after top-5 weren’t in his interests (payouts are not that big), and the owner of Azerbaijan’s leading credit agency was only playing for the win. And he succeeded…

PCA $25,000 High Roller 2015 results:

1. Ilkin Garibli (Azerbaijan) – $1,105,040*
2. Joe Kuether (USA) – $1,050,000*
3. Oleksii Khoroshenin (Ukraine) – $629,460
4. Jean-Pascal Savard (Canada) – $508,080
5. Scott Seiver (USA) – $398,340
6. Nick Petrangelo (USA) – $301,500
7. Faraz Jaka (USA) – $221,440
8. Dan Heimiller (USA) – $162,700.

Heads-up money were divided in half ($1,050,000 each), but tournament ended in 2.5 hours – final duel was no joke.

$10,000 PCA Main Event

Main event lasted for 6 long days. After Day 1 it became clear that last year record field will not be exceeded. 816 buy-in total. It’s somewhere 200 less than in 2014.

It’s weird, to be honest.

Nethertheless, Ronaldo, two times “Golden ball” award winner and one of the most famous players in the world, played in the Main event. Promo by PokerStars could have became a sensation. Ronaldo made it to the 4th day and exited in 26th place ($42,180)!


Now honored Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima has his own page at Hendon Mob.

PCA Main Event 2015 Results:

1. Kevin Schulz (USA) – $1,491,580
2. Diego Ventura (Peru) – $907,080
3. Chance Kornuth (USA) – $641,140
4. Niklas Hambitzer(Germany) – $482,820
5. Juan Martin Pastor (Argentina) – $380,720
6. Rami Boukai (USA) – $285,740
7. Pratyush Buddiga (USA) – $203,420
8. Dylan Linde (USA) – $140,900.


Victory came to American online reg living in Mexico, Kevin Schulz. He played in heads-up match with Diego Ventura, owner of very small stack from Peru (unexpected!). He went to final table of Sunday Million once.


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