It was a $1million PartyPoker payday for Sam Greenwood this weekend as he took down the Caribbean Poker Party MILLIONS Main Event in the Dominican Republic, completing a remarkable 3-2-1 run in the Melia Caribe Tropical casino in Punta Cana.
The Canadian had already secured $124,100 for his 3rd spot in the $10K High Roller, and then $242,750 for finishing runner-up in the $25K Super High Roller, before sitting down in a field of 1016 entries for the $5,300 Main Event which boasted a remarkable prizepool of $5,032,050.
The fight for the 111 paid spots in the festival finale saw some big names in the money, including PartyPoker Chairman Mike Sexton (tweeting above) in 24th place, Maria Ho in 25th high-roller par excellence Steffen Sontheimer who finished 49th, with Brandon Cantu taking home $15K for 74th place former WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson min cashing for $10,000 in 92nd spot – 100 times less than his 2014 Vegas scoop.
Challenging Greenwood in the latter stages was US pro Jason Koon, but the $10million career-winning West Virginian became the $40K bubble boy for the unofficial final table of nine when his pocket sixes shove was met by Jonas Gjelstad’s pocket nines, a turn nine leaving Koon drawing dead on the river.
When the table was finally reduced to heads-up, it was Russian Andrey Shatilov who found himself facing Greenwood, the latter having survived a number of scares with the PartyPoker blog updates describing how, ‘at one point on the final table, Greenwood was down to just 2.5 big blinds but he never counted himself out.
Greenwood himself explained:
"I was at a point where I was happy to ladder up, but I just wanted to double up a couple times."
Down to two and it took the best part of 3 hours to separate the pair, trading blows and somehow getting through mutual all-ins several times, but it was Greenwood who eventually emerged victorious when he ‘picked up pocket kings against Shatilov's 9♣ 8♣. Shatilov flopped top pair and the two players got all of the money in the middle on the turn, with Greenwood holding to end the epic slug-fest,’ as the blog reported.
Greenwood pout a large part of his success down to being dealt great cards, admitting:
"There were just a couple things he chose to do that gave me a small margin but he wasn't making mistakes. I won because I was on the right side of the cards."
"It was just crazy, I don't think I have ever run this good. I won so many all-ins and I'm happy with how well I played. In the high rollers, it was more of a steady climb but in the main, I was all in so many times."
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