If you can pry your eyes away from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event for just a few moments (or four minutes, according to the PokerStars Blog’s ‘time to read’ algorithm), we’d like to tell you about some exciting news from the $3K PCA Mystery Bounty.
You might have seen us dip into this event yesterday when Mike Jozoff took the single bounty token he possessed and then pulled the sole Platinum Pass prize up for grabs. That means he’s now freerolling his way into the PokerStars Players Championship (if you haven’t been following, Jozoff has been running scorching hot here in the Bahamas).
But we’re going to take another dip because when play resumed this morning for the third and final day, there was still a $100K bounty prize up on the board, and the likes of David Peters, Andy “bowieeffect” Wilson, and EPT Prague final tablist Petar Kalev remaining in the field.
ONE MINUTE TO DRAW
Action was paused in the PCA Mystery Bounty as we entered the poker room. That’s because Luc Lafontaine had just busted with an all-in-pre-A♠ 10♣ against Sebastian Aube’s K♣ K♦ . That took the field down to 15 and the floor stopped the clock and drew for the final two tables.
One player, the current chip leader Kayhan Mokri, decided to put the one minute he had to good use.
(The past 12 months have been exceptional for Mokri, who hails from Norway. Back in August he reached the final table of the EPT Barcelona Main Event, finishing sixth for €334,480–the largest score of his career.)
Anyway. He had three bounty tokens burning a hole in the large chip stack they rested on, so he ran up to the box and exchanged them for three mysterious black envelopes.
Contained inside them are a variety of prizes. Most of them would be worth $1,000, the minimum, but there was also one $100K prize remaining among the 35 surviving envelopes.
Here’s a look at what was left:
$100K – 1
$40K – 1
$1K – 31
$1K and draw again – 2
There was no going back now. Mokri had his three in hand.
“The usual,” Mokri said with a sigh after peeking at his first envelope: $1,000.
He repeated the sentiment on the second, which also contained a grand.
But the third and final envelope in his haul proved to be the game changer.
THE BIG BOUNTY WINNERS
Not only did Mokri hold the chip lead, he also deflated his opponents by ridding them of the chance to bank an extra $100K.
“Thank you so much,” he told the crowd of well-wishers flocking to see what all the fuss was about. “But I’ve got to get back, we’re re-drawing!”
As he ran back to his seat, Mokri shared the news with his still-hopeful tablemates, giving Wilson–currently the second biggest stack–a commiserative pat on the back.
Still, at least there’s still a $40K envelope waiting in the wings.
Here’s a look at what they’re playing for in the $3K PCA Mystery Bounty:
Yesterday it was the aforementioned Sebastian Aube who had the Midas touch, finding the first of the two $100K envelopes among the then much bigger pile. He’s still in with a shot of taking down the tournament, too.
Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford–who took down his first PokerStars high roller earlier this week with victory in the $50K 7-handed for $436K–had extra reason to celebrate when he pulled the $25K prize.
Follow live updates from the $3K Mystery Bounty on Poker News.