Katchalov eyeing 2012 PCA Super High Roller
Eugene Katchalov holds a unique place in poker history. He is the only one in the world right now who can claim to be the a champion of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. Now, only 47 days remain until the first event of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Team PokerStars Pro is already getting excited about defending his unique title.
The 2012 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller event starts at noon on January 5 and will be the start of an action-packed 41 events over ten days at Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas.
You might remember, earlier this year Katchalov won the Super High Roller title and a giant $1.5 million first prize when he beat Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up. The event attracted 38 of the world's best players who battled for the $3,743,000 prize pool.
Now, as we look on to the ninth PCA, the 2012 Super High Roller is getting ready for its close-up. Both Day 2 and the final table of the event will be taped for later TV broadcast.
In Greece for EPT Loutraki, Katchalov said, "It felt amazing to win that tournament. In the Super High Roller, you're playing the best players in the world and that forces you to play your A game. It was a very tough final table - everyone there was really good. My best friend Nick Schulman made the final too and we were kind of hoping we'd end up heads-up but Nick finished fourth. I knew it would be hard to play Daniel Negreanu because, at the time, he was training to play Victor Blom in the Super Star Showdown on PokerStars. Because of that, he'd been really focusing on heads-up and talking to a lot of good heads-up players".
Katchalov has had a lot of time to look back over that battle with Negreanu.
"At the start of the heads-up, we were about even in chips. I took the lead in the first half hour but Daniel is great as a short stack and it lasted for nearly three hours," he said.
Katchalov joined Team PokerStars Pro soon after the PCA but says he was already in talks with PokerStars before the PCA began.
"Maybe that win sealed the deal," he said.
Now Katchalov is getting ready to go back to the Bahamas. It's anyone's guess who will show up for this year's biggest buy-in event, but we know one thing for sure: Katchalov will be there to defend his title.
"I'm really excited about the 2012 PCA," he said. "It's always fun defending a title and I'd love to repeat the win - even though successfully defending a title is so rare in a poker tournament."