Hit and Run: PCA Reaches Conclusion, Selbst’s 200:1 Prop Bet, Super High Roller Bowl Back in 2016

Alex Weldon : January 15th, 2016


The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) has crowned both its main event and high roller champions. Vanessa Selbst makes a 200:1 wager against Dmitry Urbanovich. The $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl will be back again this summer. Global Poker League coverage will air on Poker Central. And more.

SirWatts wins PCA Main, Maimone the High Roller

The PCA is all wrapped up and done. Despite some of the controversies and complaints which arose throughout, the final two events finished in style, with interesting narratives playing out at both final tables.

The 2016 PCA Main Event will forever be remembered as “that one where Esfandiari got DQed for peeing,” but the final table was a story in and of itself, and a more dignified one. After a long and gruelling battle between six top-notch players, online-and-live combo superstar Mike “SirWatts” Watson took the title. He now has WPT and EPT titles to his name, but lacks a WSOP bracelet to complete a “Triple Crown.” Equally impressive was runner-up finisher Tony Gregg who, despite failing to take the title, made history in his own way, as this was his third PCA final table, following appearances in 2009 and 2012, a feat no one else has yet managed.

Another not-so-easy feat was accomplished at the High Roller final table, which was being held concurrently. There, it was Nick “FU_15″ Maimone, primarily an online player, who came out on top. His claim to fame there – aside from doubling his career live earnings in a single near-million-dollar score – is that he personally eliminated every single one of his final table opponents. That’s impressive enough at a typical six-handed official final table, but this one played down from nine, none of whom were what you’d call an easy mark. Unfortunately, there’s one dark mark on Maimone’s performance, in that he decided to slowroll his heads-up opponent Josh Beckley on the final hand, behavior more befitting a $60 nightly tournament at the local cardroom than an international high roller; Maimone’s only explanation for his decision is that Beckley “rubbed him the wrong way.”

Vanessa Selbst Bets $2M to Dmitry Urbanovich’s $10k

Vanessa Selbst recently did an interview with Maria Ho for Poker Central which was streamed on Twitch. The primary purpose of the interview was to promote the upcoming episode of Pokerography which will chronicle Selbst’s life, but later on in the video, as brought to our attention by F5 Poker, she mentions an interesting prop bet she made with Dmitry Urbanovich after a few drinks one night.

F5 doesn’t want to spoil the surprise for you, but we will: Urbanovich, who will be turning 21 this year, is going to be playing his first World Series of Poker, and claimed he was going to win three bracelets, a feat previously accomplished only by Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest. Selbst laid him 200 to 1 against that occurring, whereupon Urbanovich handed her $10,000, meaning that Selbst will owe him a whopping $2 million should he pull it off, at least in theory. In practice, Selbst admits that she plans on selling off her bet at a loss if he gets as far as winning two at any point.

Quick Hitters

- Poker Central has announced a couple of pieces of news, the first of which is that the Super High Roller Bowl will be back for a second year, with a $300,000 buy-in.

- The second piece of Poker Central news is that it will air the Global Poker League. Here at PTP, we took a look at what the GPL stands to get out of that deal.

- The Global Poker League isn’t the only attempt to “sportify poker.” In an interview for CalvinAyre, Patrick Nelly discusses his “Match Poker” format.

- Réné Angelil is one of several celebrity deaths which have occurred in the early weeks of 2016. Although primarily known to the world as both husband and manager of Céline Dion, he was also a common sight at the Las Vegas poker tables.

- The ever-controversial Jason Mo may have gone too far this time, jokingly (one would hope) offering money on Twitter to anyone willing to give PokerStars executive Lee Jones “a swift kick in the nuts.” Mo’s beef with Jones goes back to comments the latter made about him on Joey Ingram’s podcast last fall.

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