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Jason Koon Wins 2018 PCA $25,000 Single Day High Roller

32-Year-Old Pro Defeats Field of 58 Entries To Win $421,080

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The 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘single day’ high roller event took only 13 hours to complete, from start to finish. It was an action-packed baker’s dozen, and in the end it was Jason Koon who emerged victorious with the title and the first-place prize of $421,080.

Koon might have felt that he had some kind of home-field advantage in this event, seeing as he won the $100,000 buy-in super high roller a year and a few days earlier.

The 32-year-old poker pro from Weston, West Virginia came into the final table of the event as the second shortest stack before going on an elimination spree, seeing him send Chris Kruk (7th – $71,580), Chris Hunichen (6th – $89,840) and Benjamin Pollak (5th – $115,100) to the rail in relatively quick succession. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau handled the next two knockouts, sending Nick Petrangelo (4th – $148,780) and Tim Adams (3rd – $196,500) to the rail to take the lead going into heads-up play.

Koon flopped a full house on a 5Club Suit4Diamond Suit4Club Suit board holding pocket fives and won a sizable pot that saw him overtake the lead. From there he never looked back. In the final hand Vaskaboinikau moved all-in from the button only to have Koon snap-call with the ASpade SuitAHeart Suit. Vaskaboinikau could only produce the KSpade Suit6Heart Suit. The board ran out QHeart Suit8Diamond Suit5Heart SuitJClub Suit3Diamond Suit and Koon’s aces held up to secure him the pot and the title. Vaskaboinikau earned $304,580 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jason Koon $421,080 420
2 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau $304,580 350
3 Tim Adams $196,500 280
4 Nick Petrangelo $148,780 210
5 Benjamin Pollak $115,100 175
6 Christopher Hunichen $89,840 140
7 Christopher Kruk $71,580 105
8 Isaac Haxton $56,140 70

Photo credit: Tomas Stacha / PokerStars.