Nick Petrangelo brings PokerStars Championship to a close winning POTY title
Last night the first event of the PCA played down to a winner, at the same time closing the lid on the PokerStars Championship.
The PokerStars Championship Player of the Year title would be won by Nick Petrangelo, winner of an exclusive six-max sit and go with seats filled by the leaderboard winners of each of the six Championship events.
Nick Petrangelo wins the 2017 Player of the Year title
In the shadow of a TV set still having the finishing touches applied before it comes to life in a couple of days, Petrangelo, who topped the leaderboard in Macau last year, won the lot, defeating Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Sochi) heads up to take what will go down as a unique title.
Here's how things unfolded.
Having started well Chris Hunichen out in sixth place. Hunichen, who topped the leaderboard in Panama, 5-bet shoved with Jacks and lost a race to Nick Petrangelo's ace king. His five big blinds were gone a few minutes later.
Daniel Dvoress, leaderboard winner in Monte Carlo, busted in fifth place. Knocked out by Vladimir Troyanovskiy, ace-six against Troyanovskiy's ace-ten.
Koray Aldemir, who won the Barcelona leaderboard, was out next. He three-bet shoved with seven big blinds with A♠5♠ only for Troyanovskiy to call with A♣6♣. A six on the flop did it for Aldemir.
Three-handed Nick Petrangelo had more than half the chips, and never really looked like giving any of them up.
Play went heads up when Bryn Kenney busted. Kenney, who won the leaderboard here in the Bahamas a year ago, shoved with Q♦T♠ which Petrangelo called with A♥T♥. That was that.
Petrangelo was way ahead against Troyanovskiy, who at least put up a fight, doubling twice before shoving with A♥2♦. Petrangelo took him on with A♣8♦ and came out best.
So we bid farewell one last time to the PokerStars Championship. Meanwhile, welcome back to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.