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Scott Seiver Wins 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller

27-Year-Old Pro Tops Tough Final Table To Win More Than $2 Million


Scott SeiverScott Seiver has won the first major tournament of the 2013 poker tournament circuit, emerging victorious in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 super high roller no-limit hold’em event. For the win the 27-year-old pro earned $2,003,480 and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points, putting him in the early lead in this year’s race. Seiver now has lifetime live tournament earnings of $6,939,373.

A record turnout of 59 entries in this re-entry tournament made it the largest field ever in an event with a buy-in of six-figures or higher, and built a prize pool of $5,724,180. The 2012 running of this event drew a field of 32 players, meaning that turnout increased by 84.4% year-over-year.

Seiver entered the final table in sixth chip position, with just over five percent of the chips in play, while eventual runner-up David “Doc” Sands held roughly 45 percent of the total chips at the eight-handed final table. Within the first orbit three players had hit the rail at the hands of Seiver and Nick Schulman. While they had cemented themselves as the second and third largest stacks, they still each had only about half of Sand’s massive stack.

David "Doc" SandsPlay slowed down considerably, but after some ups and downs Schulman, Sands and Seiver made it to three-handed play. Former World Poker Tour champion and two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Nick Schulman was the first to hit the rail when his KSpade Suit6Spade Suit failed to improve against Sand’s 10Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. Schulman earned $744,140 for his deep run, the third biggest score of his career.

Sands took 3-to-2 lead into heads-up play, but that all changed when the largest pot of the tournament was dealt. Seiver min-raised from the button to 400,000 with the 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit and Sand’s three-bet with the 10Heart Suit10Club Suit to 900,000. Seiver moved all-in and Sands called as a 4-to-1 favorite to win the hand and the title. The board ran out 9Club Suit7Spade Suit3Spade Suit4Club Suit6Heart Suit however, giving Seiver a set and leaving Sands with just over 11 big blinds. A few hands later, it was all over and Sands was sent to the rail in second place with the largest score of his career, $1,259,320.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Scott Seiver $2,003,480 600
2 David Sands $1,259,320 500
3 Nick Schulman $744,140 400
4 Cary Katz $543,800 300
5 Philipp Gruissem $400,700 250
6 Greg Jensen $286,200 200
7 Vladimir Troyanovskiy $257,580 150
8 Daniel Shak $228,960 100

Photos courtesy of PokerStars/Neil Stoddart.