2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$10,300 PCA Main Event
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2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

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A Winner Will be Crowned in the 2023 PCA $10,300 Main Event

Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

The conclusion of the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $10,300 Main Event awaits. Only six players out of an 889-entry strong field remain in contention and they are vying for the biggest slice of the $8,623,300 prize pool. All finalists at the luxurious Baha Mar Resort on The Bahamas have locked up $307,500 for their efforts with significant pay jumps on the horizon after each elimination.

A trio sits atop the leaderboard separated by a mere three big blind and Portugal's Pedro Neves leads the way with 6,205,000 in chips. He is closely followed by PokerStars online qualifier Alexandre Raymond (5,955,000) and Artur Martirosian (5,855,000).

The final table lineup is completed by the likes of Michel Dattani (4,000,000), Christoph Csik (3,905,000) and Jamil Wakil (755,000). Five of the six hopefuls have just shy of or more than the average of 44 big blinds and Wakil is the only one under immediate pressure.

Seat Draw for the Final Day

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Pedro NevesPortugal6,205,00062
2Christoph CsikUnited States3,905,00039
3Artur MartirosianRussia5,855,00059
4Alexandre RaymondCanada5,955,00060
5Jamil WakilCanada755,0008
6Michel DattaniPortugal4,000,00040

The live-streamed final day is set to recommence at 12:30 p.m. local time with 81:36 minutes left in Level 29 at blinds of 50,000-100,000 and a big blind ante of 100,000. There is a 30-second shot clock in play and the levels continue with a duration of 90 minutes upon restart. Once the tournament reaches the final three players or if a deal has been made, the clock will subsequently be halved on the following level.

Rising Russian star Martirosian, who currently resides in Mexico, could become the first player in history to win a Main Event title of PokerStars' marquee EPT and PCA tours. Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Mikalai Pobal are the only two players so far to have two EPT Main Event titles on their resume.

The thrilling conclusion of the 2023 PCA Main Event can be followed right here on PokerNews or on the PokerStars YouTube and Twitch channels. All updates for the final day will be published following the 30-minute security delay of the cards-up coverage.

Final Table Results and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $1,500,000
2  $1,000,000
3  $677,400
4  $519,600
5  $399,800
6  $307,500
7Alexandros KoloniasGreece$236,500
8Taylor PaurUnited States$181,900
9Jonathan LittleUnited States$139,900

Taguri: Alexandre RaymondArtur MartirosianChristoph CsikJamil WakilMichel DattaniMikalai PobalPedro NevesPokerStars Caribbean AdventureVictoria Coren-Mitchell

Seat 1: Pedro Neves (Portugal) - 6,205,000

Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves

Pedro Neves started playing poker when he was 18. In 2019, he made his first trip to Las Vegas and hoped to get more acquainted with live poker afterward. While Covid halted his plans, the 25-year-old returned to the live felt when the EPT came back in March 2022.

Since then, Neves has pushed his live winnings over $400,000 and earned his first six-figure payout (£111,270 for third place in the UKIPT High Roller at EPT London).

Neves said he played live for about three months last year and plans to dedicate four and a half months to doing it this year — and not just because he enjoys traveling.

“As I’m getting better at it, I start to like it more than online poker,” he said. Neves enjoys the complexity of live tournaments. “There’s more factors to it than online; you have to watch the whole table,” Neves said.

Now guaranteed to set his new career-best score again, Neves stays focused on his game, not the PCA Main Event milestones. That’s what his coach Joao Vieira advised him. “I need to be at my best and not worry about the rest,” Neves said.

It’s worked out for him so far, as the variance took his side on Day 5 when he peeled kings in two all-in pots, winning both to move near the top of the standings and increase his chance to become the first PCA winner from Portugal.

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Pedro Neves PT
Pedro Neves
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Taguri: Joao VieiraPedro Neves

Seat 2: Christoph Csik (United States) - 3,905,000

Christoph Csik
Christoph Csik

The PCA Main Event is the first tournament that has ever tempted Christoph Csik, 35, to play outside of the USA, where he is currently an itinerant live cash game pro. He has been “loving getting back into tournaments” recently, after nearly a decade of focusing on PLO cash games, from New Jersey to Maryland, via Las Vegas in the summers for the WSOP.

Finding himself in Florida before the PCA, he says he simply thought, “What the hell, why not?” and took a short hop flight to the Bahamas which seemed as good a poker destination as any. That spontaneity has paid off, as he has already topped his previous best tournament cash of $206,020, which accompanied a WSOPC Baltimore ring in 2015.

Csik determined that only a couple of mistakes preceded his appearance on the final table during the five-day run-up, where he has since “made a few”. He acknowledges that this pressure on every move is felt more keenly than in the cash games he frequents, as “every decision is so important in tournaments, especially at this stage, and considering how world class these players are.” However, he has enjoyed his most recent foray into the tournament circuit despite the pressures of a deep run in one of the most prestigious events of the poker calendar.

“I always knew I had the skill set, but the mindset is what most players struggle with,” he said, even as one eye appears to be on the upcoming $25,000 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship. “I’m here for the long haul.”

Taguri: Christoph Csik

Seat 3: Artur Martirosian (Russia) - 5,855,000

Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

You’d be forgiven for thinking Artur “Marathur1” Martirosian was older than he is. It feels like he’s been crushing both live and online for at least a decade, and with $4.6 million in live cashes and unknown millions won online, he has a poker résumé far older than his years.

At just 25, Martirosian has already reached the highest echelon of tournament poker–super high roller regular status–and has a chock-full trophy cabinet to show for his five years of playing professionally.

You’d also be right in assuming he isn’t Mexican. Martirosian currently lives in Playa Del Carmen, but it was in his hometown of Voronezh in southwestern Russia where he first discovered poker at 16.

He’s come a long way since. In March 2021 he took down his first European Poker Tour title, on home soil no less, winning EPT Sochi for $325K. He followed that up with an impressive $100K Super High Roller Bowl victory worth $1.4 million in August 2021 and most recently, he took down a €25K High Roller at EPT Barcelona for €540,990.

And that’s just his live poker accomplishments. Online he’s won just about everything including multiple Championship of Online Poker titles. He even won two WCOOP events in one night.

The guy is a beast, plain and simple, and whatever happens, it’s going to be fun watching him battle for his second PokerStars Main Event title.

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Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian

Taguri: Artur Martirosian

Seat 4: Alexandre Raymond (Canada) - 5,955,000

Alexandre Raymond
Alexandre Raymond

You might not be familiar with the name Alexandre Raymond just yet, but if you follow online poker–particularly the high stakes scene–then perhaps you’ll know him by his PokerStars screen name “aminolast”, where he regularly battles in the biggest tournaments running.

Raymond, 30, began playing poker during his first year of university back in 2013 when he was studying administration in finance. But it was only in 2019 that he really broke through, winning a big live tournament in Montreal near his home in Quebec City. The $60K score allowed him to move up in stakes.

He officially became a poker professional in June 2020 and since then has become a force to be reckoned with. He qualified for this event via a $530 online satellite.

But despite his confidence online, Raymond admits he still suffers from some butterflies in his stomach when he plays live.

“You feel like you’re naked when you’re not in front of a computer screen,” he explains. “As I’m less experienced live, I’m a bit more jittery than the typical pros, so I try to watch out for that.

“But I also think that some of the players underestimated me because there’s not much information about me out there.”

That’s about to change.

Jucător Fise Progres
Alexandre Raymond ca
Alexandre Raymond

Taguri: Alexandre Raymond

Seat 5: Jamil Wakil (Canada) - 755,000

Jamil Wakil
Jamil Wakil

Until August of last year, Jamil Wakil was still a recreational poker player, even though he had already won online titles in SCOOP, the Winter Series and Blowout Series on PokerStars, and had another six-figure score in a WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up. He plays online as “Jamil11” and is a crusher.

Having started working in a car wash at 14, he had progressed through roles at marquee firms such as Mercedes Benz and Johnson & Johnson to work in mutual funds for a major Canadian bank. The prestigious job made him financially secure but allowed him to play poker only in what little spare time he had. And last August, tired of watching his opponents get better through study and more time at the tables, he took the plunge and went pro.

After decent showings at EPT London last November, and Prague the following month, this run to the PCA Main Event final table has further underlined the wisdom of his decision. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It’s been an amazing run.”

Wakil is in the Bahamas with his girlfriend, Lisandra, but is being supported by friends and family back home in Toronto. He’s a huge sports fan, following the Toronto teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB and the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

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Jamil Wakil ca
Jamil Wakil

Taguri: Jamil Wakil

Seat 6: Michel Dattani (Portugal) - 4,000,000

Michel Dattani
Michel Dattani

By his own admission, Michel Dattani perhaps hasn’t had the impact in major live tournaments that his immense talents would suggest. But he says he has been winning every year since he took up the game aged 18, and has been “building something slowly”.

Dattani was a computer engineering student at a university in his native Porto when he first discovered poker, and continued his studies for three years. But he never worked in the industry in which he had trained; his poker career was already blossoming.

Originally an online cash game player, he latterly transitioned to tournaments and, as “FreeLancerZZ” on PokerStars, is much respected in every environment. He won a WCOOP title in 2016, and has numerous live tournament scores on the EPT and beyond.

He keeps himself occupied with multiple other business endeavors away from the tables too: he owns two restaurants, a gym, an events and a jewelry company.

An enormous cooler at the end of Day 4 catapulted him to the top of the overnight chip counts: he had aces and knocked out both Ramon Colillas and Elias Gutierrez, who had ace-king and pocket queens respectively.

He was then able to navigate through the penultimate day and arrives at the final table with 4 million chips, good for fourth place.

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Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
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Taguri: Elias GutierrezMichel DattaniRamon Colillas

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