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Kevin Schulz Wins 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event For Nearly $1.5 Million

American Tops Field Of 816 Entries To Win His First EPT TItle


Kevin SchulzFrom a field of 816 entrants American Kevin Schulz emerged victorious in the 2015 European Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, earning his first EPT main event title and $1,491,580 for the win.

“I’m pretty happy. I had some pretty good reads on everybody, but you never know what’s going to happen," said Schulz after the win. "I love skydiving but this is maybe one of the most intense things I’ve done in my life!”

In addition to the title and the money the 26-year-old poker pro also earned 2,280 Card Player Player of the Year points, putting him well into the lead in the 2015 POY race. The PCA main event has consistently been one of the biggest tournaments of the year with a huge impact on the POY standings. In fact, six out of the past seven years the PCA champ finished inside the top twenty in the POY standings at year’s end.

Chance Kornuth had the chip lead among the six that returned for the final day of this event, with Schulz entering with the next largest stack. Schulz won a key hand with AHeart SuitADiamond Suit to eliminate fifth-place finisher Juan Martin Pastor, who got his last chips in preflop with AClub SuitKDiamond Suit only to find out that he was in horrible shape. After Schulz hand held there he overtook the chip lead, and although there were plenty of lead changes during four and three-handed play, by the time he got heads-up with Diego Ventura Schulz held a nearly 4-to-1 chip lead.

On the final hand Schulz called in position with the KHeart Suit3Diamond Suit and Ventura checked his 10Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. The flop brought the QSpade Suit6Diamond Suit4Heart Suit and Ventura checked. Schulz bet 365,000 and Ventura made the call with his bottom pair. The turn was the KClub Suit and Ventura checked, drawing a 775,000 bet from Schultz. Ventura made the call and the river brought the 6Club Suit.

Ventura checked and Schulz bet 900,000. Ventura then moved all in for just over 3.1 million in chips. After some thought Schulz made the call. His pair of kings was indeed good enough to secure him the pot and the title, sending Ventura to rail as the runner up with $907,080 and 1,900 POY points.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Kevin Schulz $1,491,580 2280
2 Diego Ventura $907,080 1900
3 Chance Kornuth $641,140 1520
4 Niklas Hambitzer $482,820 1140
5 Juan Martin Pastor $380,720 950
6 Rami Boukai $285,740 760
7 Pratyush Buddiga $203,420 570
8 Dylan Linde $140,900 380

Photo courtesy of PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.