Panka is the PCA 2014 Main Event Winner

  • This week PCA 2014 closes the action with $10,000 Main Event and $25,000 High Roller Final Tables. Also, prospects of U.S. online poker are being talked about on Bloomberg. PCA 2014 is over. Congratulations Dominik Panka and Jake Schindler That w

  • This week PCA 2014 closes the action with $10,000 Main Event and $25,000 High Roller Final Tables. Also, prospects of U.S. online poker is being discussed about on Bloomberg.

    PCA 2014 is over. Congratulations Dominik Panka and Jake Schindler

    That was a long final table. But, finally Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event has ended and we can congratulate Dominik Panka, an online poker player from Poland. He defeated Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald at the same time crushing so far the closest opportunity of a two-time EPT winner (McDonald won EPT Dortmund in 2008).

    After frustrating 14 hours of final table action, Panka received the title and $1,4 million for his efforts and stamina. McDonald took home $1 million but due to a three-way deal he received less than 3rd place finisher Isaac Baron that bagged $1,2 million.

    Also, last night EPT $25,000 High Roller Final Table took place. Like always, it was on of the toughest final tables featuring Vanessa Selbst, last year’s champion, Greg Merson, WSOP ME champion, Michael Mizrachi’s brother, WSOP bracelet winner Robert and Ole Shemion that overtook Daniel Negreanu and became GPI’s Player of the Year 2013.

    After Vanessa Selbst busted in 3rd for $607,000, Greg Merson left heads-up with Jake Schindler. And the weirdest heads-up game I have ever seen commenced. Even though it’s the $25,000 High Roller final table, after open-shoving with some marginal hands Greg Merson offered Jake Schindler to go all-in blind. The rest is history. Merson’s comment was: ”I’m not playing for the titles”.

    Here are the final table payouts of PCA 2014 HR:

    As soon as the last of the confetti touched the ground, Pokerstars also released the news about their 100th EPT event that is going to be held in Barcelona, 16-27 August. Pokernews.com just released their official announcement. The next EPT is in Deauville, France kicking off in a week – 21 January.

    U.S. online poker raises discussion

    We recently wrote that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has launched a campaign against online poker in U.S. According to him, he is doing that for moral reasons. For example, it is a threat to children. Maybe he is trying to shut online poker down and has near-unlimited resources but it seems that his, what you might call hypocritical point of view actually helped online poker to get more publicity.

    Last week a panel on Bloomberg were discussing online gambling in U.S. After shortly discussing that Adelson’s actions are hypocritical the panel moved on to talking about prospects of online poker being legislated in other U.S. states. Even though we all know that publicity is good for poker, I’m not completely sure this time it’s the case.

    Despite the fact that they obviously try to be objective, presenters don’t understand poker at all. At one point they did compare it to lottery. On the other hand, it does raise a question that if you are able to play lottery that’s 100% luck, why shouldn’t you be able to play a game that is a combination of skill and luck?

    You can watch the Bloomberg video at Pokernews.