The Caribbean is the dream resort for the vacationers. This incredible earthly heaven offers many reasons for the travelers to get a ticket to the Caribbean palm trees immediately and plunge into an entirely new world of umbrella drinks, azure sky and a never-ending tropical weather. However, poker enthusiasts have yet another reason to pack their suitcases and get to the Caribbean and that is PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
The sponsors of the event offered an action-packed week of a bountiful selection of tournaments and unforgettable experience. The event commenced on 8th January at Atlantis Resort & Casino. Even though the event wrapped up its 7-day run in grand style on Sunday evening, the heat from it is still smoldering.
The $10,300 Main Event was a great culmination of the spectacular PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The six-day event attracted the attention of 582 players, who created a prize pool of $5,645,400. The poker arena was the gathering point for players from the highest caliber and poker newbies, who wanted to try their luck.
By the time the official nine-handed final table was reached, all the remaining players were guaranteed the minimum cash prize of $92,020. But the first-place prize and the trophy was the ultimate goal to all the poker hopefuls on the final table. Quite expectedly, the star-studded final table offered tons of excitement and a great sense of anticipation for the outcome of the event. The media exploded when the name of the winner was finally announced. Maria Lampropulos from Argentina was the player to triumph over the a tough final table and collect $1,081,100 and a $30,000 Platinum Pass.
Two Canadian Players Reach the Official Final Table
The performance of the Canadian poker players at the final table of the Main Event is also worth the attention. The Canadians managed to prove that they are one of the best poker players in the world and they keep on defending their reputation and bringing trophies on home soil. The official final table was reached by two Canadian poker players, who kept on fighting to the last breath.
Dan Coupal had a hot run in the event, but he succumbed in 5th place for $293,560, which is the player’s best live cash by far. Coupal fell victim to tablemate Shawn Buchanan. It is interesting to note that the player’s poker resume is short, but impressive. For the limited number of poker tournaments, in which he played, Coupal managed to collect $423,473 in total live earnings.
Shawn Buchanan is the other Canadian player, who not only reached the official final table, but he almost snared the grand prize. Buchanan locked horns with the eventual winner in a heads-up duel, but Lady Luck decided to smile on Maria Lampropulos. Nevertheless, the Canadian poker pro demonstrated perfect strategy and accomplished poker skills. According to his the Hendon Mob profile, Buchanan has accumulated more than $6.7 million in total live earnings to rank eighth in Canada All-Time Money List.