William Reynolds Takes Down PCA High Roller EventPublished on January 14th, 2010 10:21 pm EST
William Reynolds of Sioux City, Iowa overcame a short stack early in the tournament and a shark-filled field to win the 2010 PCA High Roller Event for $576,240.
In a tournament that included names such as Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer and Mike Matusow, the final table was largely devoid of any "big" names. Matt Marafioti and Will Molson are both well-known online players, but the casual poker fan likely wouldn't have recognized any of the names at the final table today.
When the final table began on Thursday afternoon, William Reynolds was in the middle of the pack with a stack of just under 500k. Everyone was chasing Tobias Reinkemeier, who entered the final table with about 1.07 million in chips.
The day ended up being much shorter than Reinkemeier might have anticipated, as he was eliminated in 6th place for just over $100,000. Reinkemeier decided to make a stand with pocket Eights, but ran into the pocket Kings of William Reynolds and was sent to the rail.
The crippling blow to Reinkemeier's stack had come a short while earlier in a massive pot against Will Molson.
The two big stacks got all-in after a flop of Jc-8d-Td, with Reinkemeier holding Kd-9d, and Molson holding Kh-Qh.
The river ended up making Molson a broadway straight, and Reinkemeier missed his diamond flush draw. The massive pot was shipped Molson's way, and Reinkemeier was never able to recover.
Molson and William Reynolds battled back and forth in heads up play, but eventually Reynolds was able to put the very tough Canadian away.
The final hand came when the two players got all-in pre-flop, with Reynolds holding Ad-Td and Molson holding Kc-8d. Reynolds made a pair of Aces on the river, securing his $500k+ victory. Molson ended up taking home $322,075 for his second place finish.
Here is how the final table finished out:
1. William Reynolds, $576,240
2. Will Molson, $322,075
3. Adolfo Vaeza, $218,150
4. Michiel Brummelhuis, $154,350
5. Lisa Hamilton, $133,770
6. Tobias Reinkemeier, $108,045
7. Matt Marafioti, $87,465
8. Dmitry Stelmak, $66,885
This is the second year in a row that Molson has finished in second place in this event. Last year, he earned $228,000 after finishing runner-up to Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
All in all, a very successful High Roller event that had over $2 million dollars in total prize money.
Congratulations to William Reynolds on his victory.
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