The Bahamas is the top-rated tourist destination in the world. For the people who like to travel and play poker, there is no better place than Atlantis Paradise Island Resort right now. Currently, the Caribbean’s top vacation resort is kindly playing host to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. The streets are flocked with over-excited poker fans, who enjoy ice-cold delicious drinks and qualitative poker action, while others do not hesitate to actually enter the poker arena and try their luck.
Yesterday, the American poker phenomenon Jason Koon managed to add yet another notch to his outstanding résumé. The player triumphed over a field of 58 players and 17 re-entries to claim the $421,080 first-place prize. Quite expectedly, the big buy-in events garner the most attention. The field was loaded with high caliber players, ready to demonstrate talent and accomplished poker skills. The prize pool reached the sky-high level of $1,403,600, which was a good stimulus for all the players to show their best. Apart from that, most of the poker notables live for the adrenaline rush of a good sweat, hunting for their next poker trophy.
Highlighting Key Moments from the Tournament
The single-day event was open to all the players, who were willing to drop $25,000 on it. The tournament continued for 13 exhausting hours, over which the poker arena was sizzling with action. One by one, the players started to head to the exit. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu was among the poker luminaries that appeared under the media spotlight. Despite his impressive poker career and the fact that he re-entered the poker field, the player could not navigate his way to the victory.
By the time the field was down to just 8 players, the final table was set. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau was leading by the skin of his teeth. The player had a slight chip advantage over Nick Petrangelo. The other players, who reached the official final table include Jason Koon, Timothy Adams, Benjamin Pollak, Chris Hunichen, Christopher Kruk, Isaac Haxton. None of the two Canadian players managed to claim the throne, but both of them managed to pocket staggering payouts for their deep run in the tournament. Christopher Kruk finished in 7th place for $71,580, while Timothy Adams celebrated a third-place finish for $196,500.
Jason Koon and Mikalai Vaskaboinikau were the last two players, competing for the grand prize. However, it was more of a friendly game than a competition. By the time the two players were stuck in an all-in confrontation, Vaskaboinikau was holding [Kd][6h] against Koon’s [As][Ah]. The [Qh][8d][5h][Jc][3d] landed on the table to lock the victory for Koon. Vaskaboinikau snagged a 2nd place for $304,580.