The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is always the first big tournament of the year and in 2010 the online poker room pulled out all the stops for its flagship event. The 1,529 person field widely surpassed the number of players in 2009, which capped off at 1,347. In addition to boasting a record-setting field, the tournament also produced a record-setting winner in one Harrison Gimbel.
At just 19 years of age, Gimbel is the youngest PCA Main Event winner ever. He was the last man standing at a final table packed with young online guns. Aside from CardPlayer owner Barry Shulman, no one at the final table was over 25 years old and heads-up play came down to Gimbel and Ty “puffinmypurp” Reiman, who is just 21 years-old.
Big names from the online and live poker circuits flooded the Atlantis Resort and Casino for this year’s PCA and many of them sat atop the chip counts: Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, Matt “mattg1983” Graham, Praz Bansi, Justin Bonomo and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso all took their turn at or near the top of the chip counts, but they all fell short of the final table.
It was actually Bonomo who gave the bulk of his big stack to Gimbel during Day 3 of play when Gimbel flopped the nut flush against the onetime Bodog Poker pro. The enormous pot sent Gimbel to the chip lead and Bonomo to the door in 75th place. Other pros who made it deep into the money of the event included Peter Feldman (35th), Aaron “aejones” Jones (27th), Robert Mizrachi (22nd), Jeff Madsen (19th), Bansi (18th) and European Poker Tour (EPT) founder John Duthie (12th).
Duthie’s elimination was particularly painful, as the last standing Team PokerStars Pro saw his pocket aces cracked by Reiman’s pocket queens. Duthie was unable to recover from the devastating hit to his stack while Reiman jumped to the top of the leader board, trailing only two-time World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) winner Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo. After holding the chip lead during much of the late stages of play, D’Angelo had a rough day at the final table, doubling up Gimbel on the sixth hand of play in a massive coin flip. That hand sent D’Angelo back to the middle of the pack and he eventually busted out in 5th place.
Shulman was aiming to add another accolade to his already long list of poker accomplishments, but fell short of the goal after a little bad luck at the final table. He battled with a short stack as long as he could before busting out in 3rd place. His performanceat the PCA and his win at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) are still an impressive pair of showings, and he proved he could hold his own against the ever-growing crop of up and coming online players.
It was the young guns who prevailed this time though, with Gimbel netting the victory worth $2.2 million. He told the press he planned on spending the money on a car or perhaps a house and hopes to be touring the international poker circuit in the near future.
Here are the complete results from the final table of the 2010 PCA Main Event:
1st: Harrison Gimbel – $2,200,000
2nd: Ty Reiman – $1,750,000
3rd: Barry Shulman – $1,350,000
4th: Benjamin Zamani – $1,000,000
5th: Ryan D’Angelo – $700,000
6th: Aage Ravn – $450,000
7th: Zachary Goldberg – $300,000
8th: Thomas Koral – $201,300

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