Day 2 completed
|Blinds||200,000 / 400,000|
Day 2 completed
A short and sweet second day has wrapped up in the $25,500 MILLIONS Super High Roller at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival. The day started partypoker's Global ambassador, Sam Trickett, leading six players to the final table and it ended with Chris Hunichen claiming the victory and $400,000.
Hunichen took a three-to-one chip leading going into heads-up play with Sam Greenwood and never looked back as the cards continued to fall his way. He chipped away at Greenwood's stack for a few hands and then got all of the money in with against Greenwood's . The flop did not look promising but running straight cards gave Hunichen the win in a quick heads-up duel. Greenwood followed up a third-place performance in the $10,300 High Roller event with a second place in this tournament, earning $242,750.
Hunichen is an American-born poker pro that now calls Costa Rica his home. He has nearly $2.2 million in career live tournament winnings with his previous largest cash coming this summer at the 2017 World Series of Poker. Hunichen came just shy of winning his first bracelet with a second-place finish in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em - 6 Handed Event for $358,677. You can still find Hunichen travelling the world playing all sorts of events with his humble and easy-going attitude.
Final Table Results
|1||Chris Hunichen||United States||$400,000|
|3||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||$165,000|
The tournament started off rather slow on Day 1 as tournament staff patiently waited for there to be at least 10 players registered before putting the cards in the air. Once it got started, however, some of the biggest names in the poker world rolled through the doors at the Melia Caribe Tropical resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. By the time registration closed after 10 levels, there were a total of 43 entries making up a prizepool of $1,042,750.
Unfortunately for many, the day ended sooner than desired as the field dwindled down. The likes of Fedor Holz, Stephen Chidwick, Steve O'Dwyer, Stefan Schillhabel, and David Peters were all sent to the exits throughout the course of play. There were many of partypoker's finest players that took a seat including Kristen Bicknell, Roberto Romanello, and Joao Simao but they also couldn't find any luck at the tables.
They played into the late hours of the night on Day 1 in order to reach the final six players. Alex Foxen came to the final table of nine with the chip lead but found himself part of a cooler hand when he flopped a set of jacks against two all-in players. Trickett was one of them and turned a straight, while Bryn Kenney's top pair was no good, eliminating him in 8th place. After that hand, Foxen was left with less than 10 big blinds and would be eliminated on the money bubble a couple of hands later.
Final Table Summary
When the last six players returned today at the feature table, there was no shortage of action with a couple players under 20 big blinds. Steffen Sontheimer (6th place - $50,000) initially doubled up Hunichen and then jammed from the big blind, getting called by Trickett's . He was unable to come from behind and became the first casualty of the day. Just moments later, Rafael Moraes (5th place - $75,000) shoved all in with pocket fours and was looked up by Trickett's ace-jack suited again. Trickett flopped two pair and Moraes followed Sontheimer out the door.
Trickett owned half of the chips in play when four-handed play began but gradually spread them out to the rest of the table over the course of a couple levels. After the first break of the day, Trickett won a big all in against Adrain Mateos (4th place - $110,000) and then wound up in a three-way all-in with Mateos on the short stack and Hunichen in the big blind. Mateos held , Trickett showed , and Hunichen woke up with . The board ran out clean and Mateos was eliminated in fourth place while Trickett was left on the short stack. In the next hand, Sam Trickett (3rd place - $165,000) shoved all in with king-high and was called by Hunichen's queen-high. Hunichen flopped a pair of queens and Trickett took his smiling face to the rail.
That will bring an end to the PokerNews live reporting coverage for this event, but stay tuned in the coming days for all of the action from the $5,000 MILLIONS Main Event with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prizepool.
Chris Hunichen shoved all in on the button with and Sam Greenwood called for his last 4.275 million with . The tournament was on the line along with the $400,000 for first place.
The flop came and Greenwood's pair of sixes was still way out front. The on the turn increased Hunichen's outs with a straight draw. The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Hunichen completed his straight to eliminate Greenwood.
Greenwood will still go home with $242,750 after another deep run but the title belongs to Chris Hunichen!
Sam Greenwood limped in from the button with and Chris Hunichen checked his big blind with . The flop came and Hunichen check-called a bet of 400,000 from Greenwood.
The turn was the and Hunichen checked again. Greenwood fired 2.0 million and Hunichen made the call with top pair. The river was the and Hunichen checked for the third time. Greenwood checked behind after his two pair was counterfeited. Hunichen continued to extend his lead against Greenwood.
Sam Greenwood limped in from the button with and Chris Hunichen checked his option. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn.
Hunichen led out for 500,000 and Greenwood called to see the on the river. Hunichen fired another 1.5 million and Greenwood quickly called. Hunichen showed him the quad fives and increased his chip lead.
Sam Trickett pushed all in for 1.15 million with on the button. Chris Hunichen called with from the big blind and Trickett's tournament life was on the line.
The flop fell and Hunichen took the lead with a pair of queens. The turn was the and Trickett was left drawing to the three remaining kings in the deck. The river was the and Trickett was ousted in third place.
Hunichen will take a three-to-one chip lead into heads-up play against Sam Greenwood.
Adrian Mateos shoved all in for 5.85 million from under the gun with and Sam Trickett moved all in over the top with from the button. Chris Hunichen woke up in the big blind with and put his last 12.75 million in the pot as well.
The board ran out and Mateos was eliminated in fourth place. Hunichen doubled through Trickett to take over the chip lead and leaving Trickett with less than three big blinds.
Adrian Mateos pushed all in for 12.6 million on the button with and Sam Trickett went all in as well from the small blind with . Trickett was the shorter stack and was the player at risk.
The flop came [a9s6s] and Trickett jumped out front with a pair of aces. The turn was the and the river brought the . Trickett got a huge double up the first hand back from the break.
The remaining four players are on a 20-minute break.