Will Molson Takes Down PCA High Roller After Second Place Finishes In Both 2009 and 2010Published on January 16th, 2011 11:42 pm EST
Will Molson's performances in the PCA (Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure) $25k High Roller events have become something of a legend.
In both 2009 and 2010, Will Molson made the final table of the PCA High Roller event. In both 2009 and 2010, Will Molson found himself heads-up for the title, only to end up bowing out in second place.
In 2009, Molson collected $228,000 for his second place finish. The winner of the event, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, took home $433,500. There were a total of 48 entrants in 2009, which ended up creating a total prize pool of $1,200,000.
In 2010, Molson collected $322,075 for his second place finish. The winner of the event, William Reynolds, took home $576,240. There were a total of 84 entrants in 2010, which ended up creating a total prize pool of $2,058,000.
In 2011, Will Molson found himself at the final table of yet another PCA High Roller event. Unbelievably, Molson once again lasted until there were just two players left in the tournament, despite the fact that 151 players had turned out for this year's event.
Would Will Molson finish in second place in the $25k Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure High Roller for the third straight year?
Thankfully for Will "molswi47" Molson, the answer to that question was "no", as he was finally able to dispatch of Leo Fernandez in second place to take down the title. Molson will take home $1,072,850 for his victory, while Fernandez will walk away with $554,925.
Molson must have thought that he was cursed during a few of the key hands of heads-up play.
Molson had Fernandez out-chipped to start heads-up play, and the two players soon found themselves all-in pre-flop. They turned over:
Molson - Kh-Qd
Fernandez - 2c-2h
The flop came 9h-Qc-Ac, giving Molson a pair of Queens and a big lead in the hand. The turn brought another ace, and Molson was now just one card away from victory.
The river? The 2d, giving Fernandez a set and a key double-up.
A few minutes later, the two players found themselves all-in pre-flop once again. They turned over:
Molson - pocket Queens
Fernandez - 9-7
Molson had caught Fernandez in a bluff (Fernandez shoved pre-flop) and was once again in great shape to take down the tournament.
The flop of Kd-9c-7s changed all of that, giving Fernandez two pair and the lead in the hand. The turn and river helped neither player, and now Molson found himself as the short stack.
After some back and forth, Molson and Fernandez found themselves with fairly similar stacks.
Once again there was a pre-flop all-in confrontation, and once again Molson was way ahead when the two players flipped over their cards:
Molson - Ad-Ah
Fernandez - As-3d
The board ran out 8s-6d-Jh-Ac-8c, giving Molson a full house and the decisive lead. The end came a few hands later after Fernandez decided to make his final stand with Jd-2h, only to be called by Molson and his Ad-5s. The better hand held up, and Molson finally had his victory.
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