When PokerStars announced that it would merge all its live sponsored events across the globe into Championship and Festival ones, it promised that it would return to Latin America soon. The poker room delivered on its promise and it did so with a bang.
The PokerStars Championship Panama kicked off on March 10 and has already crowned several champions. One more victor will be laureled today and he will become $538,715 richer. The $50,000 Super High Roller tournament on the festival’s schedule is entering its final stage with only six players left to contend for the first-place prize and the accolades that accompany every winner.
PokerStars’ high roller events have long been targetting the world’s top No-Limit Hold’em players and the field of the Panama Super High Roller was indeed found quite attractive to prominent high rollers. Poker pros like Mustapha Kanit, Dan Colman, David Peters and Jason Koon, who topped the field of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller in January, were among those to enter the Panama tournament. However, neither of them could make it to the six-handed final table.
Day 3 of the tournament is set to begin today at noon local time. Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino is playing host to the PokerStars Championship, just as it did to its predecessor – the Latin America Poker Tour.
The six-handed final table features players from all corners of the world, and it can be said that they are all familiar faces from PokerStars’ previous generation of live events. The six finalists will be led by high roller regular Benjamin Tollerene who will kick off Day 3 play with 2,914,000 in chips. Turkey’s Orpen Kisacikoglu will enter the event’s final stage second in chips with 1,689,000.
Steve O’Dwyer, who has won some of PokerStars’ largest buy-in events in recent years, Daniel Dvoress, Justin Bonomo, and Timothy Adams are the other four players left in contention.
As mention above, the winner will take home a hefty payout of over half a million dollars. Yet, the other finalists will not leave empty-handed. Each of the six hopefuls is guaranteed a minimum payout of $110,920.
The PokerStars Championship Panama drew 33 total entries, of whom 27 unique ones and six re-entries. The field generated a prize pool of $1,584,495 that, as already mentioned, will be awarded to the top six performers.