The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has now come to a close after the Main Event finished up proceedings and brought us the latest PCA Main Event winner in Dominik Panka. He managed to put an end to Mike “Timex” McDonald’s dreams of becoming the first player to have to EPT Main Event titles to his name.
He took home $1,323,096 after the final three of him, McDonald and Isaac Baron had agreed to split the remaining prize pool. They left a total of $100k to play for along with the much wanted PCA Main Event title.
To say that the final day dragged on would be a massive understatement as it went on for a staggering 16 hours. Much of that was when Panka and McDonald were heads up. The action and the chip lead changed on a number of occasions and at one point it was looking like McDonald might take it down.
A huge hand however turned the tide. It was when Panka had pocket nines and eventually got all of his chips into the middle pre-flop. McDonald had the Kc-Js and after thinking about it for a minute decided to make a surprising call. The board fell as the 10h-2d-8c-8s-2c and suddenly Panka had the momentum.
After that hand he seemed to get the better cards every hand and was able to push his opponents stack down gradually. Eventually McDonald had enough when down to 5.9 million and decided to push with the 7c-4c pre-flop. Panka had the Ad-2c and thought long and hard before making the call.
The final board of the day again brought a change of leads as the flop fell as the 2s-5s-Jh to put Panka firmly in front. However a 7h fell on the turn meaning that McDonald was just one fade away from doubling up. Then it switched one more time when the Ac landed on the river to hand Panka the title.
Though we have not been able to find a Twitter account connected to Panka, we did spot his fellow countryman Marcin Horecki offering his congratulations just minutes after the title was decided.
Huge congrats to Dominik Panka! First ever Polish EPT Champion plus 1.4m$ prize! Great play and well deserved! Also GG @MikeMcDonald89
— Marcin Horecki (@MarcinHorecki) January 14, 2014
Both players can be immensely proud of their performances but we are sure that McDonald will be upset he could not quite make it two EPT Main Event titles.
How It Finished
1st) Dominik Panka – $1,423,096
2nd) Mike McDonald – $1,064,000
3rd) Isaac Baron – $1,207,599
4th) Madis Muur – $581,040
5th) Daniel Gamez – $447,040
6th) Shyam Srinivasan – $328,020
7th) Pascal Lefrancois – $242,020
8th) Fabian Ortiz – $173,220