Chino Rheem Adds PCA Main Event Title to Impressive Poker Portfolio

Chino Rheem came, saw, and conquered the PCA Main Event, bulldozing his way to the title through a stacked final table

Chino Rheem dominated the six-handed final table of the 2019 PCA Main Event from start to end. He sent all his five opponents to the rail to accumulate a massive chip stack and eventually claim the title and the first-place prize of more than $1.5 million.

Rheem has thus added another major poker accomplishment to his ever-growing poker portfolio. The player is member of the elite club of three-time WPT Main Tour Main Event champions. And it should be noted that the California-based grinder actually rose to prominence last decade when he became part of the original WSOP Main Event November Nine.

Now Rheem boasts another serious poker success – a title from the PCA Main Event. The player worked hard for the title and that hard work paid more than well.

Rheem entered the final day of this year’s edition of the PCA Main Event as the chip leader and he never relinquished his advantage. His natural ability to read every situation at the table, pick bluffs, take advantage of his opponents’ weaknesses, and fold when necessary, he bulldozed his way through the final table of the prestigious tournament until it was just him and the PokerStars trophy.

Indeed Rheem dominated action, but entering the final day of the Main Event, he had some really tough opponents to overcome.

Final Day Recap

The last day of the tournament was played yesterday at the Imperial Ballroom of Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. A field of 865 entries, including 94 re-entries, had been whittled down to just six players, Rheem leading the way with 7.55 million in chips.

His fellow US poker pro Brian Altman was the first victim of Rheem’s terrific run. Altman walked out in sixth place, good for $297,020 in prize money. Spain’s Vincent Bosca finished fifth for $396,880, thus failing to bring another major PCA title to his homeland after his fellow countryman Ramon Colillas took down the PokerStars Players Championship a few days ago.

Pavel Veksler and Scott Wellenbach were the next two players to hit the rail after unsuccessful confrontations with the eventual champ. Veksler took home $503,440 for his fourth-place finish, while Wellenbach collected $671,240.

Daniel Strelitz remained Rheem’s final opponent. Heads-up did not last long as Rheem had a massive advantage over Strelitz and did not give his rival even the slightest chance to narrow the huge gap.

The moment of triumph came when the two players went all in, Rheem holding pocket fives to Strelitz’s ace-deuce suited. A blank board brought no hope for Strelitz and the player walked away in second place, collecting a consolation prize of $951,480.

With his latest cash, Rheem’s live tournament earnings now exceed $10 million. And his poker record now includes a victory in the PCA Main Event, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the poker calendar.

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