Negreanu Caught By Katchalov, Settles For Second Place
January 10, 2022
Over this last weekend in the Bahamas, PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, after three days of battling in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller, found himself only one player away from his first major win in 2011, and his biggest score since 2004.  Negreanu, with second place money at that point already assured, had just officially locked up the top spot on The Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List with over $14 million in live tournament earnings, but it was clear to everyone in attendance at the Atlantis Resort and Casino that he wasn’t thinking about that at the moment; it was the win that Negreanu was fixated on, and truly wanted, but unfortunately of all that he had accomplished over the previous week, that was the one thing he wouldn’t get.

The top spot instead at the PCA Super High Roller, went to New York’s Eugene Katchalov, who with the $1.5 million cash now has nearly $6 million in lifetime tournament earnings himself.  Katchalov outlasted 37 other players to earn the W in the first major event of the 2011 PCA, and survived a tough final table that along win Negreanu also held Humberto Brenes, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, and his good friend and tournament specialist Nick Schulman, who would not surpass 4th place overall despite entering the final table first in chips.

Of all of Katchalov’s tough competition though- and with a $100,000 buy-in and a $3,745,000 total prizepool for the taking you can be assured all of them were pretty tough- Negreanu was the one who gave Katchalov the most trouble, refusing to go down despite often finding himself in a significant chip deficit throughout their heads-up match.  In the final hand of the impressive duel, Katchalov found himself on the verge of doubling up Negreanu yet again, all-in with Fours versus Negreanu’s Fives, but this time got lucky to hit a four on the turn, to send Negreanu home disappointed- though admittedly significantly richer.

The final table payout positions for the 2011 PCA Super High Roller were as follows:

1st.  Eugene Katchalov- $1,500,000

2nd.  Daniel Negreanu- $1,000,000

3rd.  Bryn Kenney- $643,000

4th.  Nick Schulman- $400,000

5th.  Humberto Brenes- $200,000

For more information on the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller visit the PokerStars blog.
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