Gimbel Grabs Glory While The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Just Keeps Growing
January 12, 2022

The first big poker tournament of 2010, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, has been called the tournament so big no single tour can contain it, and indeed once the highly anticipated event finally began on Jan. 5th, at the Atlantis Resort & Casino, it quickly became clear that all expectations of size and scope would easily be exceeded.

With 668 players signing up to play on Day 1A, and over 800 more on Day 1B, this year’s PCA easily crushed all past attendance records. 1,529 players in total chose to compete in the PCA main event, creating a total prize pool worth $14,831,300.

Despite that record prize pool, and attracting nearly 200 more players than last year, Poorya Nazari’s amazing $3,000,000 PCA payout in 2009 was not destined to be surpassed in 2010. Tournament organizers instead chose to flatten the payout structure in order to spread the wealth.

This controversial decision guaranteed 224 of the 1,529 players would earn some piece of the $14,831,300 prize pool, and assured four players would walk away with a million plus payday. The winner of the event was promised a top prize worth $2,200,000, and nearly every big name pro imaginable showed up to try to claim it.

Some of the players spotted competing during the two starting days included Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Marcel Luske, Vivek Rajkumar, Huck Seed, Gavin Smith, Teddy Sheringham, Lex Veldhuis, Arnaud Mattern, Nelly, Boris Becker, Joe Sebok, Kevin Saul, Amnon Filippi, Vicky Coren, Peter Eastgate, Vanessa Rousso, Orel Hershiser, Shane Schleger, Greg Raymer, Shaun Deeb, Antony Lellouche, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Annette Obrestad and the 2008 PCA champion, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

None of the above listed, highly talented players were even able to breach the top 25 before getting sent to the rail, however, some that were included PokerRoad’s Jeff Madsen (19th), Robert Mizrachi (22nd), Kenny Nguyen (24th) and John Duthie (12th), the creator of the highly successful European Poker Tour - of which the PCA is a significant part.

As a side note, along with the EPT, the PCA is now also considered a major stop on the Latin American Poker Tour, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the newly created North American Poker Tour, building it to a level of prestige rivaled by only the absolute biggest events on the poker calendar.

The eventual final table of the event had numerous familiar faces, including World Series of Poker Europe main event winner Barry Shulman and multiple World Championship Of Online Poker winner Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo, who lead the group going into the final table with over 10,000,000 in tournament chips.

It could be argued that it was D’Angelo’s tournament to lose at that point, but apparently nobody told 19-year-old Harrison Gimbel. Gimbel entered the final eight fourth in chips, yet he quickly rose above the rest with aggressive, fearless play that began with risking elimination by getting involved in a huge all-in pot with D’Angelo during the day’s first level of play. All the money got in pre-flop during that hand and Gimbel’s pocket jacks proved themselves worthy of winning the huge pot, immediately dumping D’Angelo back into the center of the pack and eventually playing a large part in his 5th place overall finish.

Gimbel was also responsible for the elimination of the formidable Shulman, when play reached three-handed, as Barry’s short stack forced him to make a series of all-in moves that worked every time but the last against Gimbel - the soon to be 2010 PCA main event champion.

The final table payouts for the 2010 European/Latin American-/North American/Asia Pacific Poker Tour’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure were as follows:

1. Harrison Gimbel $$2,200,000  
2. Tyler Reiman $$1,750,000  
3. Barry Shulman $$1,350,000  
4. Benjamin Zamani $$1,000,000  
5. Ryan D'Angelo $$700,000  
6. Aage Ravn $$450,000  
7. Zachary Goldberg $$300,000  
8. Thomas Koral $$201,300
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