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Harrison Gimbel Wins the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Gimbel Tops a Field of 1,529 Players and Takes Home $2.2 Million


Harrison Gimbel Wins the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean AdventureThe final table of the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure began today at noon EST at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The final eight players had fought their way through a massive field of 1,529 competitors to make it to the final day of play, and they all had their eyes on the first-place prize worth $2.2 million. Tyler Reiman was the chip leader when the day began with 10,090,000, and the headliner at the table was Card Player CEO Barry Shulman, who was making his second final-table appearance at a major poker tournament in just over three months time. Shulman won the World Series of Poker Europe main event in October. He entered the final table today in third chip-position. Here were the chip counts at the start of play:

Tyler Reiman — 10,090,000
Ryan D’Angelo — 9,350,000
Barry Shulman — 6,805,000
Harrison Gimbel — 6,000,000 (pictured above left)
Tom Koral — 5,370,000
Benjamin Zamani — 3,700,000
Zachary Goldberg — 2,340,000
Aage Ravn — 1,690,000

Action began fast at the final table when Harrison Gimbel doubled up a few minutes into play. He held A-K against the pocket jacks of Ryan D’Angelo, and the board ran out A-Q-3-A-K. Tom Koral left the final table in eighth place ($201,300) a few minutes later; his pocket queens ran into the pocket aces of Reiman. Zachary Goldberg was the next player to exit when his pocket tens were defeated by the A-10 of Aage Ravn. An ace hit on the turn, and Goldberg was eliminated in seventh place ($300,000).

Ravn was eliminated in sixth place in a huge hand. Ravn and Benjamin Zamani were each all in, and Gimbel had them covered. Zamani held pocket eights, and he spiked an 8 on the flop to triple up on the hand. Gimbel held pocket jacks, and that was enough to send Ravn and his A-Q home in sixth place ($450,000). Zamani doubled up again a bit later when he hit a runner-runner flush against Shulman to survive. Shulman made up for the bad beat a few minutes later when he doubled up to survive with A-Q.

The eliminations continued once again when D’Angelo moved all in with pocket jacks. Reiman had him covered and he held A-K in the hole. Reiman hit a king on the river to eliminate D’Angelo in fifth place ($700,000), and he grew his chip stack to a massive chip lead of 23,835,000, just over half of the chips in play with four players remaining.

Play continued for an hour before Zamani called all in preflop for the last of his chips with A-10 in the hole against Gimbel with pocket eights. A third 8 hit on the flop and Zamani was eliminated in fourth place ($1,000,000). After that hand, Shulman was the short stack, and he quickly put his chips at risk. He doubled up with A-4 in the hole, but he had to sweat the KSpade Suit JSpade Suit of Reiman on a board of 10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit while the 4Heart Suit came on the turn and the QHeart Suit came on the river.

Shulman doubled up again a few hands later when his K-Q went to battle against the A-10 of Reiman. Shulman spiked a king on the flop, and he doubled up to 6.1 million. The third try was not the charm for Shulman. He moved all in for the last time with Q-10 in the hole, and Gimbel had him covered with A-9. The board bricked out, and Shulman was eliminated in third place ($1,350,000).

The final two players then took an hour-long dinner break, and they returned to the following chip stacks at 7:30 p.m. EST:

Reiman: 28,625,000
Gimbel: 17,255,000

The heads-up match lasted for a few hours, as Gimbel slowly turned the tables and grabbed the chip lead. There were two monster hands that could have ended the tournament that resulted in chopped pots. Gimbel really took the upper edge in the match when he bluffed Reiman on a 6Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit board with A-4 in the hole. He induced Reiman to fold 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit with a big river bet. Gimbel held 36 million after the hand, and he started to close the door. The final hand saw Reiman’s pocket eights go to battle against Gimbel’s pocket tens. Both players made a set on the board, and Gimbel won the tournament on the hand. Reiman was eliminated in second place ($1,750,000) and the 19-year-old Gimbel took the top prize worth $2,200,000 in prize money. He is the youngest PCA champion in history.

Final-Table Results:

1: Harrison Gimbel — $2,200,000
2: Tyler Reiman — $1,750,000
3: Barry Shulman — $1,350,000
4: Benjamin Zamani — $1,000,000
5: Ryan D’Angelo — $700,000
6: Aage Ravn — $450,000
7: Zachary Goldberg — $300,000
8: Tom Koral — $201,300

Here is how the elimination hands played out, as featured on’s live updates:

Tom KoralTom Koral Eliminated in Eighth Place ($201,300)

Benjamin Zamani limped in early position, and Tyler Reiman limped right behind him. Tom Koral (pictured right) raised to 550,000 in the small blind, and Harrison Gimbel mucked in the big blind. Zamani mucked, as well, and then Reiman reraised to 1,320,000. Koral reraised all in for 4,480,000 and Reiman made the call. Their cards.

Koral: QSpade Suit QHeart Suit
Reiman: AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 6Club Suit 6Diamond Suit JClub Suit KHeart Suit

Koral was eliminated in eighth place, and he will take home $201,300 in prize money.

Zachary GoldbergZachary Goldberg Eliminated in Seventh Place ($300,000)

Tyler Reiman (pictured left) raised to 280,000 preflop from the hijack, and Zachary Goldberg moved all in preflop for 1,530,000 from the cutoff. Aage Ravn then reraised all in over the top for 3 million more, and Reiman mucked. The final two players then flipped over their cards:

Ravn: ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit
Goldberg: 10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Board: KHeart Suit JSpade Suit 8Heart Suit AHeart Suit 7Spade Suit

Zachary Goldberg was eliminated in seventh place, and he will take home $300,000 in prize money.

Aage RavnAage Ravn Eliminated in Sixth Place ($450,000)

Barry Shulman raised to 300,000 under the gun, and Benjamin Zamani moved all in for 1,570,000. Aage Ravn (pictured left) reraised all in over the top for 5,050,000 from the small blind. Harrison Gimbel then asked for a count from the big blind and moved all in, as well. He had both Zamani and Ravn covered. Shulman mucked, and the final three players flipped over their cards:

Zamani: 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit
Gimbel: JClub Suit JDiamond Suit
Ravn: AClub Suit QClub Suit

Board: 8Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 2Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit

Ravn was eliminated in sixth place on the hand, and he will take home $450,000 in prize money. Zamani tripled up on the hand to 5.1 million, and Gimbel held 10,260,000 after the hand.

Ryan D'AngeloRyan D’Angelo Eliminated in Fifth Place ($700,000)

Barry Shulman raised to 340,000 under the gun preflop, and Tyler Reiman reraised to 995,000 from the big blind. Ryan D’Angelo (pictured left) moved all in for 6,730,000 from the button, and Shulman mucked. Reiman made the call, and the final two players flipped over their cards:

Reiman: ASpade Suit KHeart Suit
D’Angelo: JHeart Suit JSpade Suit

Board: 9Heart Suit 4Club Suit 3Club Suit 5Heart Suit KDiamond Suit

Reiman hit a king on the river to win the hand and D’Angelo was eliminated in fifth place. He will take home $700,000. Reiman was the massive chip leader after the hand with 23,835,000.

Benjamin ZamaniBenjamin Zamani Eliminated in Fourth Place ($1,000,000)

Benjamin Zamani (pictured left) raised to 400,000 preflop from the cutoff and Harrison Gimbel reraised all in from the small blind. Zamani made the all-in call for 5.9 million, and they flipped over their cards:

Zamani: AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit
Gimbel: 8Heart Suit 8Club Suit

Board: 8Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 7Club Suit JClub Suit

Zamani was eliminated on the hand in fourth place, and he will take home $1 million in prize money. Gimbel now holds 16,805,000.

Barry ShulmanBarry Shulman Eliminated in Third Place ($1,350,000)

Barry Shulman (pictured right) moved all in preflop for 4,165,000 on the button and Harrison Gimbel made the call in the big blind. Their cards:

Shulman: QClub Suit 10Spade Suit
Gimbel: AHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit

Board: 6Spade Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit JDiamond Suit 7Club Suit

Shulman received no help on the board, and Gimbel won the pot with ace high. Shulman was eliminated in third place, and he will take home $1,350,000 in prize money.

Tyler ReimanHarrison Gimbel Wins the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ($2,200,000) — Tyler Reiman Eliminated in Second Place ($1,750,000)

Tyler Reiman (pictured left) moved all in for 12,060,000 from the small blind and Harrison Gimbel made the call. Their cards:

Reiman: 8Diamond Suit 8Club Suit
Gimbel: 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit

Board: 10Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit 8Heart Suit JSpade Suit

Reiman was eliminated on the hand in second place, and he will take home $1,750,000 in prize money. Gimbel is the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion and he walks away with the top prize worth $2,200,000.



over 11 years ago

I'm more impressed with the octogenarian...

Congrats, Barry Shulman!


over 11 years ago

gg Mr Shulman


over 11 years ago

puffin my purp. congrats