PCA 2013: Sands unstoppable as Super High Rollers face off in final
The first major final of the tenth PCA starts today, the conclusion of the $100,000 Super High Roller, which will be broadcast live on PokerStars.tv.
It's the finale to a three-day tournament that attracted 59 entries, 47 of which were actual people, 12 of whom opted to re-enter after initially busting, including two finalists today. All will all be guaranteed a profit with the final eight lining up as follows:
Nick Schulman -- 2,295,000
Dan Shak -- 870,000
Greg Jensen -- 1,500,000
Scott Seiver -- 755,000
Vladimir Troyanovsky -- 505,000
Philipp Gruissem -- 1,610,000
Cary Katz -- 590,000
David Sands -- 6,680,000
Will anybody be able to stop David "Doc" Sands? Yesterday he bagged-up 6,680,000, more than four million ahead of his nearest challenger after some high rolling heroics.
David "Doc" Sands
Sands, who drives to and from the stage on a mobility scooter owing to an ankle injury, knocked out both Phil Ivey and Vanessa Selbst yesterday, sweeping up a mass of chips to claim an almost insurmountable lead.
But is anything insurmountable in poker? The answer to that must be no when the quality of opposition is taken into account.
The final eight are among some of poker's natural winners, with combined earnings of more than $21 million. Sands may lead, but any one of them could walk away from here today with the first prize of $2,003,480 on their resume.
Nick Schulman is in second place with 2,295,000. The New Yorker is a familiar sight in high stakes poker, with two bracelets and a WPT title to his name. Philipp Gruissem is equally skilled. The German is one of only two non-Americans at the final (and with Cary Katz one of two finalists to have re-entered) but has a knack for being the last man standing, with two EPT high roller titles to his name.
Greg Jensen in third is one of three players in play without a major title, as is Katz, a businessman currently taking it to the professionals. His job will be among the hardest as he returns with one of the short stacks.
Elsewhere seats are filled by the likes of Dan Shak, Scott Seiver and Vladimir Troyanovsky.
Shak has a habit of reaching the final tables of events like this. Permanently attached to at least three mobile devices, Shak always looks like he's too busy to play poker, but still manages superlative performances.
While Shak looks he no time to play, Scott Seiver looks like he's got nothing but time. But it's an approach that has earned the American multiple trophies, including a bracelet, a WPT title and a PCA heads-up event.
Troyanovsky meanwhile is something of a dark horse. The Russian is considered to be a highly talented players, despite being relatively unknown even in his home country. He almost quit poker as he'd become more enamored by his adventures in World of Warcraft. But now he's focused on some of the biggest tournaments in Europe and around the world, with his aim to win tournaments. Like a lot of Russian players, it's not really about the money.
One of these players will walk away a Super High Roller champion today. You can watch all the action yourself on PokerStars.tv which will broadcast live, albeit with a one hour delay, with commentary from James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. Play starts at 1pm, with the broadcast beginning at 2pm.
For an introduction to the day in video form, try this...
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter