And then there were six! Two Germans, two Canadians, one player from Argentina, and the other from Spain. How about Adrian Mateos? He's looking to win another title on the PokerStars circuit. The young gun from Spain was recently added to the roster of Team Winamax pros. In his first major international action under the red W, Mateos final tabled the 2018 PCA Main Event at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas. That's a remarkable feat considering he was on life support at the end of Day 4. Going into Day 5, Mateos was the short stack with 16 to go. The pro needed to call in a few markers with the poker gods and make a couple of ritual sacrifices to stay in good favor with the local shamans. Whatever he did... worked. Mateos went from the short stack to the big stack during a tumultuous Saturday in the Bahamas. Now, only 5 other players stand in his way of winning $1 million.
Also advancing to the finals: Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan, Maria Lampropulous, Koray Aldemir, Dan Coupal, and Christian Rudolph. Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan is one of the most successful tournament players in the history of PokerStars. Playing under the moniker 'buck21', the Canadian pro has been crushing the major online events under the "COOP" banner as the first-ever Triple COOP winner. Whether it was SCOOP or WCOOP (or event TCOOP), buck21 is always a perennial favorite to win an event. Everyone knew his online skills were danky dank, but Buchanan has been putting on a clinic at the real-life tables for everyone to see in the Bahamas.
With Buchanan (3.7M) and Mateos (5.6M) the top dogs in the chips, you cannot over look Argentina's Maria Lampropulos. She came into the penultimate day second overall in chips and survived the wild action on Day 5. By the end of the evening, Lampropulos bagged up the third most with 3.5M, and right on the heels of Buchanan in second.
- Adrian Mateos (Spain) 5,675,000
- Shawn Buchanan (Canada) 3,755,000
- Maria Lampropulos (Argentina) 3,505,000
- Koray Aldemir (Germany) 2,350,000
- Daniel Coupal (Canada) 1,275,000
- Christian Rudolph (Germany) 905,000
American pro David Peters started Day 5 with the big stack and was the obvious player to beat. Pretty much everyone and their grandma bet on Peters to advance to the final table. However, it was one of those wacky days when the elites got kicked to the curb and the dogs became king. Peters' stack came under assault and he tumbled out of the top spot. Peters would eventually bust in 11th place.
Meanwhile, while the big stacks were getting slaughtered, Adrian Mateos did what he could to survive early on and climb the payout ladder.
The final 8 hit a snag and no one would bust during a five-hour quagmire. During that time, Mateos chipped up. He doubled through Adalfer Morales and later picked off the stunned Morales in eighth place.
Oleg Titov from Russia bubbled the final table in seventh place. The final six were set with Mateos in the lead. Two Germans made the final table and neither were Fedor Holz. Can Koray Aldemir or Christian Rudolph bring the PCA title to Germany?
Among those who also cashed on Day 5... Phil Corion, Florian Maurer, Jean Ateba, Bartosz Stasiewicz, Jonnie West, Mike Farrow, and Patryk Poterek.
2018 PCA MAIN EVENT
Who is going to win seven figures on Sunday? The winner will get to bask in the warm Caribbean sun and sleep on a mountain of cash worth $ 1milliom. Second place pays out a healthy $673K, but all eyes are on the motherload set aside for the next PCA Champion.
The PCA Main Event final table will resume at 3pm local time Bahamas, but the live stream begins at 3:30pm local time with cards up. Follow the action via the award-winning crew at PokerStars Blog. You can also watch the love stream courtesy of the crew at PokerStars TV...