The 2017 Punta Cana Poker Classic is now in the books and players are returning home after a week-long poker celebration. And after a major final table deal, two players have the most reason to celebrate. Roberto Carvallo ultimately won the tournament after negotiating a final table deal with Jamin Stokes.
“The 2017 Punta Cana Poker Classic lived up to all expectations and we’re sad to say goodbye to old friends and new faces,” said Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “Stay tuned for future events, both land-based and at the online tables!”
This year’s Main Event attracted 382 entries, pumping up the $500,000 guarantee to a $573,000 prize pool. The final table played down to Stokes and Carvallo into the late hours on Sunday evening. The two ultimately negotiated a final table deal to each walk away with $97,590.
After back and forth play, the two made a final table deal and played one last hand, face up. Carvallo was dealt 3h, 10d with Stokes receiving 8d ,9c. The flop dropped 3c, 6d, and 2h, with the turn showing a 3s and 7h on the river. Carvallo won the final hand with a set of threes.
The popular Caribbean tournament has become a staple on the poker circuit, offering players the chance to enjoy poker in a gorgeous setting with all-inclusive perks including food, beverage, accommodations, golf and more.
Americas Cardroom, an online poker room allowing US players ,held satellites for the land-based tournament, awarding $4,900 packages that included the $1,650 Main Event buy-in, 5-star all-inclusive accommodations at the Melia Caribe Tropical, money for travel and more. The tournament attracted players from all over the world.
The 2017 Punta Cana Poker Classic final was live-streamed on a delay, complete with hole cards showing for those watching at home. The presence of Jeff Gross (Pokerstars Pro) and Bill Perkins as commentators added to the excitement.
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