Nick “FU_15” Maimone fought tooth and nail to earn his first-place finish at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller, eliminating every single player at the final table to eventually take home a prize of just under $1 million. Maimone survived 225 entrants, only nine of whom walked away in the money.
This win more than doubles Maimon’s lifetime earnings (previously $881,218). Primarily for his online play, Maimone also finished 87th in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event for $4,120 and fifth in the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Turbo Bounty.
Play started slowly when the final nine returned for the last day of play. No one was eliminated for two hours, but it was worth the wait. Eventually, a mammoth three-way pot developed between Anton Astapau, Ben Heath, and Maimone. All three players held pairs, but Maimone’s jacks sent the other two packing.
Chance Kornuth was sent him home in seventh when he held the lowest hand in another three-way pot.
Andrey Zaichenko then ran a weak ace into Maimone’s A, J, finishing sixth.
Brian Yoon was eliminated soon after in fifth.
The next ouster came when Josh Beckley, runner up at the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, went in on a pot with Maimone and Sean Winter. The trio checked the flop (8♤, K♤, A♢) and when a Q♤ came on the turn, Maimone bet, Beckley called, and Winter folded. The river showed a 10♤, making four spades on the board. Beckley revealed an Ace-high flush before Maimone shocked the world with a J♤, 9♤ for a straight flush.
Dario Sammartino was eliminated in third place not too long after.
The last hand came after Maimone built up a significant lead; he held an A♧, K♧ against Winter’s K♢, 10♧. There was no flop help for Winter (3♢, 3♧ 9♢) and the rest of the board (Q♧, 9♧) gave Maimone another flush to lock up the win.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: David Singleton, Creative Commons.)
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