2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$25,000 PCA PLO High Roller
Tage: 2

Dylan Smith Wins $25,000 PCA PLO High Roller ($364,440)

Level 24 : Blinds 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Dylan Smith
Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith secured his biggest ever live tournament cash as he took down a field of 44 runners to win his first PokerStars Trophy and the $364,440 first-place prize in the $25,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Pot Limit Omaha High Roller at the gorgeous Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.

It was a long bubble as seven players fought for six payouts but play quickened after the bursting of the bubble. Shaun Deeb (4th- $121,500) and Jeremy Ausmus (3rd- $163,750) fell in back-to-back hands to get the tournament to heads-up.

German Oliver Weis was Smith's opponent but it was a quick heads-up affair as Smith went into the battle with a two-to-one chip lead. Weis would not double up as Smith would win and take down the trophy in less than ten hands.

$25,000 PCA PLO High Roller Final Table Results

 1Dylan SmithUnited States$364,440
 2Oliver WeisGermany$237,700
 3Jeremy AusmusUnited States$163,750
 4Shaun DeebUnited States$121,500
 5Andriy LyubovetskiyUkraine$95,100
 6Joni JouhkimainenFinland$73,950

Winner's Reaction

Smith has started 2023 on a heater having taken down another PLO High Roller trophy just two weeks ago in Florida for $ 91,960. Smith is mainly a PLO player with his last four recorded cashes on the Hendon Mob database all being in PLO tournaments. With this win Smith has achieved his first ever six-figure tournament score.

Despite his recent tournament success Smith told PokerNews that he is primary a PLO cash game player where he plays high stakes PLO online for stakes as high as 200/400. Smith said when he first started playing poker, he focused on No Limit Hold'em but moved in with a really good PLO player which encouraged him to switch his focus to the PLO streets.

Smith was joined on his rail by Jake Schwartz, who himself has near $4,000,000 in live tournament earnings, as he rode his way to victory. Smith said he will be playing the $25,000 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship tomorrow as well as other events on the schedule as he hopes to continue his 2023 run good.

Action of the Day

The day started with Ausmus as the chip leader and two tables as ten players returned for Day 2. The final table bubble didn't last long as Andrew Pantling was taken out by Andriy Lyubovetskiy as Pantling called off for his tournament life when Lyubovetskiy check raised all in on the turn.

Lyubovetskiy was propelled into the chip lead when he took out Adam Hendrix as his pocket kings couldn't hold against the Ukrainian.

Andriy Lyubovetskiy was Chip Leader for much of the Day
Andriy Lyubovetskiy was Chip Leader for much of the Day

Seven-handed play lasted for several hours as play slowed on a huge $73,950 money bubble. Deeb was short but managed to survive to avoid being the bubble boy. Eventually John Zable was the unfortunate bubble boy as his queens couldn't hold against Joni Jouhkimainen.

Action dramatically quicken after the bubble burst and Jouhkimainen soon followed Zable in hitting the rail as he got involved in a three-way all-in against Deeb and Ausmus. Deeb managed to triple up which put him in the chip lead as four-handed play commenced.

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

Smith managed to become chip leader for the first time in the day when he moved all in on the flop in a three-bet pot against Deeb. Deeb called butSmith was the one able to double up. Deeb would then be eliminated as Deeb got all in with kings against Smith's aces to be eliminated from the tournament. Ausmus followed suit the very next hand as Smith took out another victim which put him in good stead for victory as he started his heads-up battle against Oliver Weis.

Smith went into heads-up in a dominant position and managed to secure the victory quickly as Smith called Weis's four-bet all-in to take the tournament victory as the American rivered a flush to secure his first six-figure live tournament score.

That concluded the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of the $25,000 PCA PLO High Roller. Be sure to check out the team's coverage of other events here in The Bahamas including the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship which kicks off tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time.

Tags: Adam HendrixAndrew PantlingAndriy LyubovetskiyDylan SmithJake SchwartzJeremy AusmusJohn ZableJoni JouhkimainenOliver WeisShaun Deeb