PCA-2018: Christopher Kruk Wins the $25,000 High Roller
Perhaps, it was one of the most memorable comebacks in modern poker history. Christopher Kruk managed to defeat Jonathan Jaffe and became the winner of the $25,000 tournament, one of the last competitions in the PCA-2018 program. There were 144 entries in the tournament, and the first prize was no less than $836,350.
Before the heads-up, Jaffe had an overwhelming preponderance of chips and was confidently increasing it. At one point, there were only 7 big blinds out of 180 on the Kruk stack. All poker players know the expression “A chip and a chair”, referring to Jack Straus’s success story in the WSOP-1982 main tournament. In this case, Christopher actually repeated the feat of the legendary champion – several doubles allowed him to continue the fight for the title.
After that, Kruk slowly and surely began to close the gap. Then, having caught the second pair on the river and getting paid, he broke out ahead. A few minutes later, Jaffe bluffed most of his stack. Kruk called him off with top pair and held a dominating chip lead. In fact, this predetermined the outcome of the final duel. In the final hand, Jonathan was all in with 4 of Spades, 4 of Hearts, but ran into J of Spades, J of Clubs of Christopher. None of the five community cards did not help Jaffe, and the title went to Kruk.
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