Joe McKeehen Makes Final Table of PCA $100k Super High RollerJanuary 8, 2016 4:08 pm
Prior to being crowned the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe McKeehen would ordinarily enter tournaments with buy-ins lower than $2,000. Of course there were the odd exceptions, such as the $10,000 needed to compete in the Main Event, but these were very rare occurrences indeed. Since winning $7,683,346 in Las Vegas, however, the 24 year-old pro has decided to extend his scope somewhat, and in December entered the $25,000 Aria High Roller XXI, eventually finishing in 5th place for a $35,520 payday.
The same month, McKeehen also entered the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8, but failed to make any ground, and as he explained at the time:
“I was definitely a little nervous. But once the cards get in the air, it’s poker. You’re just playing poker against good players. It’s cool to test yourself against the best in the world.”
Undaunted, McKeehen has subsequently kicked-off 2016 by once again entering a huge buy-in event, in this case the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and unlike his last forage in December, has managed to progress all the way through to the tournament’s final table of six. Already McKeehen has locked up $360,060 for making it thus far, but if he manages to take down the title, he would end up pocketing an impressive $1,687,800 for his efforts.
Ahead of the PCA Super High Roller, McKeehen said that if he enjoyed “a little success in this” then he would consider entering some more of these type tournaments in the future, otherwise he would be “laying low for the most part.” As the third biggest stack at the final table, McKeehen now has the opportunity to progress handsomely up the pay scale, with each step higher bringing him a step closer to a career-changing move in which he may become a more permanent visitor to the high roller poker scene.
PCA $100k Super High Roller:
1 Bryn Kenney 3,820,000
2 Ankush Mandavia 3,360,000
3 Joe McKeehen 2,805,000
4 David Peters 2,085,000
5 Isaac Haxton 1,395,000
6 Mustapha Kanit 1,030,000