Dan Shak, a high-stakes poker player who lived on the Philly Main Line, finished eighth earning almost $229,000 Monday night in the $100,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller tournament at the Atlantis Resort on Pardise Island in the Bahamas.
American poker pro Scott Seiver won the event and more than $2 million. Seiver beat another big-name American pro, David “Doc” Sands, heads-up to take the title. The event was the first of 41 tournaments taking place during PCA 2013.
Hedge fund CEO Greg Jensen, who came sixth, is donating his entire $286,200 prize to the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Seiver, 27, a New Yorker who now lives in Las Vegas, now has nearly $7 million in live tournament earnings. His biggest score before the PCA High Roller was in May 2011 when he won the $25,000 WPT Championship Event at the Bellagio for more than $1.6 million. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2008 for $755,891.
Sands snagged $1,259,320 for his runner-up finish – the biggest cash of his career.
American Nick Schulman bettered his 2011 fourth place by finishing third for $744,140 while EPT London High Roller champion Philipp Gruissem came fifth for $400,700.
Shak, who now spends much of his time in Las Vegas, was the runner-up in the event last year.
1. Scott Seiver
2. David Sands
3. Nick Schulman
4. Cary Katz
5. Philipp Gruissem
6. Greg Jensen
7. Vladimir Troyanovsky
8. Dan Shak