Katchalov beats Negreanu to PCA High Roller title

Katchalov beats Negreanu to PCA High Roller title

Monday, 10 January 2011

The first big money tournament of 2011 has been decided with Eugene Katchalov bagging a whopping $1.5m after taking down the PCA Super High Roller event in the Bahamas over the weekend.

The Ukrainian-born pro sealed the title after defeating Daniel Negreanu heads up. The pair went into two-handed play almost even in chip but Katchalov won a couple of big pots to take control before sealing the win after spiking a set of fours that crushed Kid Poker's pocket fives.

"It brought back memories of my first big win back in 2007... but this is a very prestigious title" said the winner.

Katchalov's PCA win is the latest addition to an impressive tournament CV that already included a WPT title, WSOP final tables and a deep run at this year's EPT London High Roller Event. His earnings are now nearing the $6m mark, a fine return for a professional career that spans just six years.

Negreanu earned $1m for his second place finish, enough to push him ahead of Phil Ivey at the top of the All Time Money List.

The final payouts were as follows:

1. Eugene Katchalov, United States, $1,500,000
2. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, $1,000,000
3. Bryn Kenney, United States, $643,000
4. Nick Schulman, United States, $400,000
5. Humberto Brenes, Costa Rica, $200,000

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