Leonid Bilokur Wins PCA High Roller 2012January 16, 2012 12:18 pm
Russian pro Leonid Bilokur has won the 2012 PCA High Roller, after overcoming a field of 148 players over three days to lift the trophy, and collect the $1,134,930 first place prize.
As the final table of the $25,000 tournament got underway, Leonid Bilokur was lying 4th (1.139m) out of the eight finalists, with Jason Koon the chip leader (1.646m), Jonathan Duhamel (1.53m) in 2nd spot and Nicolas Fierro (1,181m) in 3rd. Also competing at the final table were Isaac Haxton (762k), Govert Metaal (545k), Michael Telker (397k) and a short-stacked Randy “nanonoko” Lew on just 197k.
Randy Lew then exited in 8th ($108,780) after running his A-K into the pocket aces of Jason Koon, while Mike Telker’s Kh-Qh shove failed to improve against Nicolas Fierro’s pocket tens and so he, exited next in 7th for $145,040.
Fierro (K-K) followed up by dispatching Govert Metaal (Ad-2d) in 6th ($181,300), but was himself the next to go in 5th ($217,560) holding pocket twos to Issac Haxton‘s pocket tens.
Shortly before that hand, Leonid Bilokur (J-J) with 53 big blinds had scored an important double up against Jason Koon with (A-K) to become the new chip leader.
Soon after, Jonathan Duhamel (K-K) eliminated Koon (Ah-4h) in 4th ($271,950), before picking-up A-J to dispatch Haxton (Kd-Qd) in 3rd ($380,730), to get the heads-up phase of the competition underway
Despite Duhamel holding a 5.43m to 1.96m chip lead, Leonid Bilokur proceeded full steam ahead and before long he had Duhamel all-in holding K-4 to his A-7. The board then ran out A-J-9-J-A to relegate Jonathan Duhamel to a runner-up finish worth $634,550, while the 37 year-old Russian was declared the $25,000 PCA High Roller Champion.
With his latest victory, Leonid Bilokur has now won over $1.5 million since his first live tournament cash in 2010.