Nick Maimone Wins 2016 PCA High Roller for $996,480

Nick Maimone is known primarily for his online exploits, with the US pro having moved to Honduras and racking up a total of $6,608,968 playing under the screen name “Fu_15”. Maimone has also entered a number of live tournaments, too, and going into the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure had nine cashes to his name for $870,638.
The 2016 PCA certainly marks a high point in the 29 year-old’s live career, though, and after finishing the $5,300 NL 8-Handed Turbo Bounty in 5th for $10,580, he has now taken down the PCA $25k High Roller event for a massive $996,480 payday.
As one might expect, the PCA High Roller field of 173 was populated with some of the game’s top players, and together with 52 rebuys the prize pool soon swelled to $5,400,000. Amongst the notable names then finishing in one of the 31 paid money spots was Marvin Rettenmaier in 27th ($52,920), Faraz Jaka in 21st ($58,320), Jared Jaffee in 19th ($63,720), Gregory Merson in 13th ($88,020), and Jeff Gross in 12th ($88,020).
By the time the final table of nine had been reached on Day 3, Maimone had the fourth biggest chip stack. He then proceeded to eliminate every player from the table, before eventually taking a 4-to-3 chip advantage over Sean Winter into the final heads-up phase. The players subsequently divided the money $966,480 to $914,580 respectively, whilst leaving the remaining $30,000 and trophy for the winner.
Soon after, the deciding hand was played with Winter moving all-in preflop holding Kd-10c, only to run into the Ac-Kc of his opponent. The dealer then laid out a 9d-3d-3c-Qc-9c board to consign Winter to a runner-up finish worth $914,580, which eclipsed his previous best score to date of $562,772. Meanwhile, Nick Maimone was crowned the 2016 PCA $25,000 High Roller champion, and he later posed for the photographers with his expectant and delighted wife.
Final Table Results:
1 Nick Maimone $996,480
2 Sean Winter $914,580
3 Dario Sammartino $542,160
4 Josh Beckley $439,560
5 Brian Yoon $347,760
6 Andrey Zaichenko $264,060
7 Chance Kornuth $192,780
8 Ben Heath $116,640
9 Anton Astapau $116,640

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