Kevin Hart Surprises, Koon Wins $1.6m at PokerStars Championship
Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars
Over 90 live events are on the schedule and one of the most popular, the $100k Super High Roller, concluded on Sunday with Jason Koon taking down the event.
Meanwhile, one old school pro is enjoying a successful start to 2016 after taking down the first PLO tournament he's ever competed in.
Koon Beats Carrel for $1.6m
The PSCB $100k Super High Roller kicked off on Friday and 41 players entered the event. Thirteen of those players re-entered to bring the entry total to 54.
One of those re-entries was actor and comedian Kevin Hart. The high-profile celebrity garnered a ton of media attention in the first two days for entering the event.
Hart boasted that he planned to win the event - and go as far as $22m in buy-ins - but he didn't manage to complete the first day. Hart re-entered to start Day 2 but ultimately fell to Dan Colman.
By the end of Day 2 the final table of 7 was set with Charlie Carrel leading with 3.71 million. Colman was second in chips with 2.69 million. Below is a quick breakdown of the final table:
- Charlie Carrel - 3.71 million
- Dan Colman - 2.69 million
- Jason Koon - 2.3 million
- Daniel Dvoress - 1.64 million
- Connor Drinan - 1.45 million
- Byron Kaverman - 970k
- Bryn Kenney - 740k
The top two finishers were slated to become poker millionaires with the winner earning $1.65 million. The top three in chips at the start of the final table ended up taking the top spots with Colman busting out in 3rd place for $759k.
At the start of heads-up play Carrel held a 2:1 chip lead over Koon and the pair decided to play it out rather than cut a deal. Carrel quickly jumped out to a 3:1 chip lead but Koon managed pull back to even after a monster pot that saw him shove on the river on a board of Ks-Kd-6d-5d-9d.
Whether Koon had the goods or picked a perfect time to bluff a super dangerous board is unknown, but the momentum shifted heavily into Koon's favor after that.
From this point Koon had the best of every major confrontation heads-up and after another hour of play, he emerged as the victor. While Carrel didn't take down the title, $1.19 million is still a nice consolation prize. The $1.65 million first-place prize makes Koon the early frontrunner on the 2017 Money List.
Chip Jett Wins First PLO Ever Played
Some of you may remember Chip Jett from the early days of the Poker Boom thanks to multiple appearances on the World Poker Tour. The old school pro has over $2 million in live tournament earnings but has largely been low profile in the last few years.
That somewhat changed this past week when Jett won the $300 PLO Event at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. His victory was notable for a couple of reasons.
First, it was his first live tournament victory since 2013. This was also the first time he has ever played a PL Omaha live tournament.
The latter is hard to believe considering that he has live scores dating back to the turn of the century, but wife Karina confirmed this on Facebook. Jett won't be setting the world on fire with his earnings from this event as it netted him just $4,299.
However, epic years have been kicked off in the past after a victory in small events in the Caribbean so it will be interesting to see how Jett fares this year.