The final table of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event has been decided and out of the 1072 players that forked out the AUD $10,500 buyin fee, only eight players remain with Faraz Jaka sitting at the top with 6,470,000 in chips. Following closely on his coattails are Kyle Julius with 6,450,000 in chips and Chinese-born, Xuan Liu, with 6,355,000 in chips.
Jaka has been quite impressive throughout the PCA Main Event. He led the way for most of the four days of play and eliminated poker pro Barry Greenstein on Day 4 with just under 30 players left in the field. Day 5, however, was tough on Jaka. With 24 players left, he found his stack seesawing and, midway through the day, he took a hard hit when his Big Slick lost to an opponent’s Pocket Kings.
He would later find redemption in a three-way all-in pot with Anthony Gregg and eventual 11th place finisher Phil D’Auteuil. On the showdown, D’Auteuil held J♣ 6♣, Gregg held K♦ 10♦ and Jaka had A♦ A♣. The board ran 3♥ 4♣ 10♠ 8♥ J♠ giving Jaka the win while jumping him straight back up to the top of the leaderboard.
At the same time, Julius and Liu were also moving up and down. Coming into the day in the middle of the pack, Liu claimed her first big pot against another final tablist Ruben Visser when her A♦ 6♥ got lucky against Visser’s A♣ Q♠.
During the hand, Liu raised to 160,000 preflop and was called by Visser on the button. When the flop landed K♣ 2♠ 2♥, Liu led out with a continuation bet of 175,000 and Visser called. The turn card of A♥ induced another bet from Liu to the tune of 285,000 and, once again, Visser made the smooth call. Then when the river card came a 6♠, giving Liu a higher two-pair, she bet 910,000 and Visser called with his lower two-pair. With this win, Liu snagged the chip lead from Jaka as she arranged the approximately 5.9 million chips in front of her.
But her lead didn’t last as Julius went over 7 million in chips after eliminating Daniel Shiff in 12th place in one of the sickest hands of the night. During the preflop action, Martin Jacobson raised it up and found a caller in Julius and Shiff. When the flop ran 8♥ 8♠ Q♦, action was checked all the way to Julius on the button who bet out 175,000 but immediately got check-raised to 350,000 by Shiff. Mid position Jacobson folded and Julius made the call. When the turn card landed Q♥, both players slowed down and checked. Then on the river of 9♣, Shiff sent 200,000 in the middle and this time it was Julius who raised, moving all his chips in. Shiff eventually made the call and was sorely disappointed when he realised his K♦ 8♦ was no good against Julius’ A♠ Q♣.
Overall, big hands and aggressive plays were the key towards many eliminations and the eventual the chip rank. The last two eliminations saw Jacobson bow out in 10th place with his 10♥ J♠ falling short against Liu’s A♦ K♥, and Lee Goldman’s K♠ K♣ getting a painful bad beat from John Dibella’s 9♠ 9♦, sending Goldman to the rail in 9th place.
Here is a list of the final eight in order of stack size:
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