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EPT Season #5: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

EPT, 2009-01-13, by Ozone

Apparently news of a global recession didn't reach the poker world. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure drew by far its largest field of all-time with 1,347 players. At $10,000 a head, the first place prize of $3,000,000 was the 10th largest such prize in the history of poker.

Poorya Nazari, a Canadian player with just a little over $50,000 in career winnings coming into this tournament, captured the massive prize. In second was Anthony Gregg who also came out of nowhere. The $1.7 million second place payday was added to Gregg's only other career cash of $8,000. Sticking with the theme of unknowns, German Benjamin Spindler finished 3rd for $1.1 million.

Brazilian Alexandre Gomes proved his win in a $2,000 buy-in event at last year's WSOP was no fluke; he finished 4th for $750,000. Arguably the best known player at the final table was American Kevin "BeLOWaBOVe" Saul who took 8th for $215,000.

In a $5,000 "second chance" event, reigning WSOP champion Peter Eastgate showed the world he's no one trick pony. He beat the entire field of 273 for a score of $343,000. German pro Florian Langmann took 2nd for $184,000. Ironically, Eastgate's fellow WSOP final table participants Darus Suharto and Dennis Phillips finished 13th and 17th, respectively.

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