2009 PCA: On the Cusp of History

$3 million. How many chances in a lifetime do you get a crack at $1 million, let alone $3 million? Eight players have a shot at making history and securing a hefty payday in the process.

The 2009 PokerStars PCA began on Monday. 1,347 brave souls forked over $10,000 a piece. A portion of the field bought in directly but the majority of the runners in the event were satellite qualifiers on PokerStars. Several former world champions were in the field including Tom McEvoy (1983), Carlos Mortensen (2001), Chris Moneymaker (2003), Greg Raymer (2004), Joe Hachem (2005), and the current champion Peter Eastgate. Several EPT champions from Season 5 were in the mix including Sebastian Ruthenberg (Barcelona), Michael Martin (EPT), and Joao Barbosa (Warsaw).

The total prize pool for the 2009 PCA surpassed $12.6 million. The top 199 players made the prize money. Some of those notable players who cashed included Kathy Liebert, 2008 runner-up Hafiz Kahn, Vicky Coren, Miami John Ceruto, Max Pescatori, Mark Seif, Ylon Schwartz, Matt Glantz, Nenad Medic, Joao Barbosa, Peter Eastgate, Johnny Bax, Denes Kao, Jeff Madsen, Grant Hinkle, James Mackey, George Danzer, Barry Greenstein, Carlos Mortesen, Jon Van Fleet, Shane Schleger, Marcin Horecki, and Jon Friedberg.

Here's the final table payouts:
1st - $3,000,000
2nd - $1,700,000
3rd - $1,100,000
4th - $750,000
5th - $550,000
6th - $400,000
7th - $300,000
8th - $214,000

And here's the final table players:
Seat 1: Tony Gregg (2,245,000)
Seat 2: Alex Gomes (8,080,000)
Seat 3: Pieter Tielen (2,010,000)
Seat 4: Dan Heimiller (1,340,000)
Seat 5: Benny Spindler (3,825,000)
Seat 6: Kevin Saul (1,640,000)
Seat 7: Dustin Dirksen (760,000)
Seat 8: Pooyra Nazari (6,790,000)

The final table has representatives from the US, Brazil, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. It also includes two bracelet winners (Gomes and Heimiller) and one WPT champion (Saul).

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