Canadian Poorya Nazari wins $3 million at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

    ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Poorya Nazari from
Toronto, Canada, turned $700 into $3 million when he won the sixth PokerStars
Caribbean Adventure.
    The 22 year-old biochemistry graduate won his seat on PokerStars in a $33
triple turbo rebuy tournament, investing only $700 to win his trip to the
Caribbean and a seat in the PCA 'Festival of Poker' main event. He was one of
1,347 entrants in the $10k no limit hold 'em event - a number that smashed all
records for a poker tournament held outside the United States and created a
total prize pool of more than $12.5 million.
    Nazari, who graduated last month, admitted he was stunned by the win -
one of the biggest sporting prizes in the world. He said: "It was only today
that I started thinking about winning. At one point yesterday I was down to
virtually nothing but I got off to a good start today and at that point I
thought I might have a shot." Nazari, who has never been to Europe, has also a
won a seat in the EPT Grand Final which takes place in Monte Carlo, April 28 -
May 3.
    To see more of the PCA tournament please click here
    The record field at this year's PCA included 1,059 PokerStars players, of
whom 746, including Nazari, had won their seats online with PokerStars.
    Team PokerStars Pro Alexandre Gomes made the final table but was knocked
out in fourth place, earning $750,000. Among the stars in the tournament were
German tennis legend and PokerStars Ambassador Boris Becker as well as 26 Team
PokerStars Pros. The roll call of top players included last year's PCA
champion Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, former world champions Joe Hachem, Greg
Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, the multiple bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu and
sponsored PokerStars player Peter Eastgate, who became the youngest ever WSOP
world champion when he won $9 million in November. Other stars who took part
included Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari and Eli
    The Team PokerStars Pros Vicky Coren, Barry Greenstein, Marcin Horecki
and Tom McEvoy also cashed in the main event, alongside sponsored players
Kathy Liebert - 12th for $120,000 - and PokerStars Six players Ylon Schwartz
and Eastgate.
    Also sponsored into the event were PokerStars Six players Ivan Demidov,
Darus Suharto and Dennis Philips as well as the Norwegian star Johnny Lodden,
the American baseball legend Orel Hershiser and the Brazilian Indy stock car
racer Gualter Salles.
    Team PokerStars Pros had a great week during the PCA 'Festival of Poker'
with Grospellier, last year's PCA champion, taking home $433,000 for winning
the $25,000 PCA High Roller event and Hevad Khan winning the $2,000 side event
for $200,000. Eastgate followed up his cash in the main event by winning the
$5,000 event for $343,000.
    Other events this week included the Battleship tournament, won by Bahbak
"bigredAK" Oboodifor a $44,800 first prize, and the finals of the World Cup of
Poker, won by Germany.
    John Duthie, the Executive Producer of the European Poker
Tour, said: "The PCA is the first major poker event on the hectic 2009 poker
calendar and the recent worldwide financial crisis did nothing to deter more
than 1,300 people entering the $10,000 buy-in main event that smashed all
records for a poker tournament outside of the States."

    Final table/payouts:

          Name              Country    PokerStars status                   $
    1st   Poorya Nazari     Canada     PokerStars Qualifier        3,000,000
    2nd   Benny Spindler    Germany    PokerStars Player           1,700,000
    3rd   Tony Gregg        USA        PokerStars Player           1,100,000
    4th   Alexandre Gomes   Brazil     Team PokerStars Pro           750,000
    5th   Pieter Tielen     Holland    PokerStars Qualifier          550,000
    6th   Dustin Dirksen    USA        PokerStars Supernova Elite    400,000
    7th   Daniel Heimiller  USA                                      300,000
    8th   Kevin Saul        USA        PokerStars Qualifier          234,000

    For more information and a full schedule of PokerStars' tournaments, go


    PokerStars is the world's largest poker room with over 16 million members
worldwide, and more free-to-play tables than any other site. At
players learn how to play, and practice poker skills for free. As the premier
destination for the top players, with numerous tournaments running every day,
PokerStars is renowned for offering the best software and security in the
online poker world.
    -  Has dealt over 23 billion hands
    -  Has run more than 100 million poker tournaments
    -  Have had over 213,000 simultaneous players, and entered the Guinness
       Book of World Records as the first and only poker website to reach the
       160,000 simultaneous players mark
    PokerStars is the official sponsor of the: European Poker Tour
(, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour
(, Asia Pacific Poker Tour ( and The World Cup of
    PokerStars is the home of Team PokerStars Pro, a group of 29 veteran and
up-and-coming players from around the world who play online at PokerStars and
are sponsored by the site in international tournaments around the world. For
more information please visit

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