PCA 2012 Main Event - John Dibella beats Kyle Julius in the Heads Up

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2012. January 14.
<strong>John Dibella</strong>, a satellite qualifier defeated <strong>Kyle Julius</strong> to win the <em>Main Event</em> of this year's <em>PCA</em>. The family man and day trader took home $1,775,000.
Day 6, the final day of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicked off with the remaining 8 players yesterday at 8 p.m CET, at the Atlantis Casino, Bahamas.

Seat 1: Mark Drover - 1.430.000
Seat 2: Anthony Gregg - 1.160.000
Seat 3: David Bernstein - 1.960.000
Seat 4: Ruben Visser - 4.400.000
Seat 5: Faraz Jaka - 6.470.000
Seat 6: John Dibella - 3.465.000
Seat 7: Xuan Liu - 6.355.000
Seat 8: Kyle Julius - 6.450.000


PCA 2012 Finalists
PCA 2012 Finalists

Ruben Visser was the first to be eliminated, he quickly lost his rather small stack, and in the end lost a flip against Julius.

Then David Bernstein had to go, and on the 33th blind level (20.000/100.000/200.000) the shortstack Anthony Gregg ran preflop all-in with 2.520.000 with {#}{#}T from hijack, only Xuan Liu called with {#}{#}Q on the neutral boardra Liu's better kicker held.

Mark Drover came in 5th, followed by Xuan Liu. Liu open shoved with {#}{#}7, Faraz Jaka sitting on a much larger stack called with {#}{#}6 and won with two pairs on the {#}{#}{#}{#}{#}2 board.

Faraz Jaka - 14.155.000
Kyle Julius - 11.670.000
John Dibella - 5.865.000


On the 35th blind level (40.000/150.000/300.000) Jaka lost a huge pot against Julius. Julius opened to 700.000, Jaka 3bet to {#}{#}J with 1.850.000, Julius 4bet to 3.095.000, Jaka, after thinking a bit went 5-bet all-in, Julius called all-in with 10.470.000 and showed {#}{#}K. The dealer dealt the {#}{#}{#}{#}{#}8 board, Julius took the pot with two pairs. Jaka was left with 1.350.000, he was eleminated shortly after this.

After Jaka's elimination, Dibella took a major pot with a full house, he started the heads-up as the chipleader.

John Dibella - 18.585.000
Kyle Julius - 13.105.000


Dibella cornered Juliust even more, on the 36 blind level (50.000/200.000/400.000) the final hand was dealt. Julius raised to 825.000 from the button with {#}{#}6, Dibella called with {#}{#}5. The flop came {#}{#}{#}3. Dibella checked, Julius bet to 725.000, Dibella quickly called. The turn came {#}8, both checked. On the {#}T river Dibella bet to 1.000.000, Julius, trying to represent a huge hand shoved. Dibella snap-called, and won the tournament.

John Dibella
John Dibella

The 43 year old amateur player, satellite qualifier and family guy's biggest tournament win was $16.000, it is now $1,775,000 (deal).

Final results:

1. John Dibella - $1.775.000
2. Kyle Julius - $1.500.000
3. Faraz Jaka - $755.000
4. Xuan Liu - $600.000
5. Mark Drover - $468.000
6. Anthony Gregg - $364.000
7. David Bernstein - $260.000
8. Ruben Visser - $156.400

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