Chris Hunichen Wins the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $25,500 Super High Roller for $400K

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Chris Hunichen Wins the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $25,500 Super High Roller for $400K
22 Nov

Chris Hunichen celebrated a $1million year in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic when he scooped the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival $25,500 MILLIONS Super High Roller, the $400,000 first prize capping an excellent year for the North Carolina man.

It turned out to be an extremely strong field he was up against at the Melia Caribe Tropical resort in Punta Cana, with seasoned super high-rollers Stephen Chidwick, Steve O'Dwyer, Stefan Schillhabel, and David Peters among the likely contenders, and the amazing Fedor Holz expected to run deep as he always seems to do in the big events.

None of these men, however, made it through to the second day of play in the fight for a share of $1,042,750, and also missing from the business end of things were the PartyPoker ambassador trio of Kristen Bicknell, Roberto Romanello, and Joao Simao.

Despite these eliminations, the final table boasted some huge names of its own – a multinational bunch with England’s Sam Trickett entering as chip leader, Canada’s Sam Greenwood in the mix and Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer still running good after his runaway Poker Masters success back in September. They played late into the night to get down to an official 6 players in the money, with Alex Foxen the unfortunate bubble boy this time round.

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Sam Trickett was the man wielding the big sword early on, cutting down both Sontheimer and Brazil’s Rafael Moraes – the Englishman’s AJ suited in both cases good enough to win through – but his attempt to get rid of Adrian Mateos also pretty much ended his own tournament hopes, as Hunichen in the big blind reshoved with pocket queens.

Mateos hit the rails and Trickett was left with a short stack which was handed over next hand when Hunichen this time paired his queen on the flop and that’s all she wrote for the English pro.

With his big eliminations, Hunichen boasted a 3-1 chip lead against Greenwood heads-up and when the money finally went all-in it was a runner-runner wheel which saw Hunichen topple the Canadian and walk off with his career-best payday.

Final Table Results

1Chris Hunichen
2Sam Greenwood
3Sam Trickett
4Adrian Mateos
5Rafael Moraes
6Steffen Sontheimer

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