Poker player Rainer Kempe won the $50,000 Single Day High Roller event at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) which took place at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Kempe went on to defeat 2018 GPI POY Alex Foxen in a heads-up match to win the event and take home a whopping $908,100 in prize money.
Kempe Collects Over $1 Million From PCA High Roller Events
Kempe was brimming with confidence coming into the $50,000 High Roller event as he had earlier taken fourth place at the first high roller event which was the $25k Single Day High Roller. He received $177, 380 for his fourth place finished and took his combined winnings from the two PCA high roller events to over a million dollars.
The German poker pro has had a fantastic start to his 2019 as his first place finish at the $50,000 Super High Roller turned out to be high third biggest payout in his career which has now boosted his overall career earnings to over $18.3 million.
As many as 64 players entered the $50,000 Super High Roller and 29 of them re-entered, making the prize pool swell to $3,104,640. Nine players were sure to win a minimum of $90,040. Among the finalists were Jason Koon, Stephen Chidwik, Bill Perkins, Daniel Dvoress, Steffen Sontheimer, Christoph Vogelsang, and Evan Mathis.
Alex Foxen continued his good run in 2019 and pushed Kempe hard during the final playoff. However, Kempe held his nerve and came out on top which left Foxen in second place and a payout of $651,980. Brit Stephen Chidwick finished in third place and took home $423,780 for his efforts.
Kempe Will Take Massive Confidence From This Victory
While Kempe is very happy with his $1 million plus payout from these two high roller events, he will also be brimming with confidence knowing he took out some of the top poker pros in the game.
Among the participants were well-known poker pros such as Joe McKeehen, Dominik Nitsche, Jean-Noel Thorel, Nick Petrangelo, Isaac Haxton, and Timothy Adams. By the time the two final tables were established, all these players had folded and left the game. While Foxen eliminated Sontheimer from the game, Kempe defeated Mikita Badziakouski.
Foxen had a great run and he went on to eliminate Vogelsang, Dvoress, and Chidwick from the table. For a brief period of time, the chip lead was with Chidwick, but he lost most of his chips to Kempe. In the end it came down to Kempe and Foxen but it took Kempe just ten minutes to get the better off Foxen and finish in first place.
The German poker pro will now take this confidence into the rest of the year and is sure to play more high stakes poker and add to his bankroll. Given the quality of high stakes poker action scheduled for 2019, it is quite possible for Kempe to pull of another million dollar tournament payout before the end of this year.