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PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event reaches final day

11 January 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo is still in the lead as the PCA main event goes into its final day tomorrow. The 24-year-old PokerStars qualifier from New York has more than 10 million. In second place is fellow online pro Tyler "puffinmypurp" Reiman who has 9,350,000.

D'Angelo has been a professional poker player for three years and has already had some very impressive results. Last night he rushed straight from the Atlantis Resort Imperial Ballroom - where the PCA is being played - to Aura nightclub where he was due at a special gala reception for PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker champions. D'Angelo won two WCOOP events this year - only the third player in WCOOP history to do so.

Among the 24 players who started Day 5 today but are now out was EPT founder John Duthie. He was the last surviving member of Team PokerStars Pro and was in good shape until his Aces were cracked Tyler Reiman's QQ. Reiman hit a Q on the flop to take nearly all Duthie's five million chips in the biggest pot of the tournament.

Many players today were probably nursing massive hangovers after enthusiastic celebrating at the PokerStars party last night. Celebrities such as Slash, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, England footballer Teddy Sheringham, the 2008 Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole and tennis legend Boris Becker mingled with over a thousand PokerStars players and their guests at the lavish do which included a performance by R&B star Kelly Rowland.

At the time of writing this, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso was heads-up in the PCA $1k Ladies event - and looking likely to win the $24k first prize. A total of 91 women took part in the event including 33 who won their seats - and trip to the Bahamas - online with PokerStars. Apart from the WSOP Ladies Event (which men can enter), this is the biggest ladies event that has ever been held. The EPT London Ladies winner Dagmara Aleksandrowicz from Poland also competed as well as Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad.

The PCA main event final starts tomorrow at noon and will be covered live by the EPTLive's great webcast team. Tune into to follow the action; for blog reports, visit the PokerStars blog.


Ryan D'Angelo, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 10,090,000
Tyler Reiman, USA, PokerStars player, 9,350,000
Barry Shulman, USA, 6,805,000
Harrison Gimbel, USA, 6,000,000
Thomas Koral, USA, PokerStars player, 5,370,000
Benjamin Zamani, USA, PokerStars qualifier, 3,700,000
Zachary Goldberg, USA, PokerStars player, 2,340,000
Aage Ravn, Norway, PokerStars qualifier, 1,690,000


Seat 1: Zac Goldberg, 21, New York, USA - PokerStars player - 2,340,000 chips
Like nearly everyone at this year's PCA final table, Goldberg plays a lot of online player although not full time as he's currently studying finance at the University of Arizona. He started playing poker aged 16 in home games with friends. He says he loves playing live tournaments although he prefers playing cash games when he's online. He bought in to the PCA with PokerStars and said it's the first time he has ever bought in directly into a major live event. He hasn't had any big live results but came second in a $160 tourney with a $15k guarantee.

Seat 2: Ryan "G0lfa" D'Angelo, 24, Binghamton, New York - PokerStars qualifier - 10,090,000 chips
D'Angelo has been a professional poker player for three years and has already had some very impressive results. He is only the third player in WCOOP history to win two events in one series and picked up his bracelets at a gala reception just last night for winning $300,000 in the 8-game and $422,100 in the mixed pot limit hold'em/ pot limit Omaha in the 2009 WCOOP. D'Angelo has played EPTs but the PCA marks his first cash in a $10k tournament. His best live result came at the World Series in 2008, where he came third in the $2,000 NLHE tournament, the bracelet eventually won by Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes. D'Angelo was down to 5,000 early on in the tournament, and was all-in at one point. But he rallied and bagged up 90,000 that night. Then came a roller coaster day two before things began to get better and better. "I've been running ridiculous," said D'Angelo. "Coin flips, hitting flops, everything. It's been up, up, up from day two."

Seat 3: Aage Ravn, 24, from Narvik, Norway - PokerStars qualifier - 1,690,000 chips
It might not be that warm in the Bahamas right now but in Norway, it's -20°C - another good reason for Ravn to be here at the PCA and not back home in Narvik. The 24-year-old IT consultant won his trip to the Bahamas in a $100 re-buy satellite on PokerStars and immediately set about selling a percentage of any winnings by posting up appeals on a Norwegian poker forum. He managed to sell 20% of himself over the Christmas holidays including 2% to Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden who told him: "You had better make it count!" Now guaranteed to win at least $201,300, Ravn has certainly done that. This is only his second major tournament. The first he played was a side event at EPT4 Copenhagen which he won for $40k.

Seat 4: Tom Koral, 26 from Chicago, Illinois - PokerStars player - 5,370,000 chips.
Koral's been playing poker for over six years. He initially deposited $75 online and managed to turn that into six figures within a year. He hasn't looked back since and has recorded a winning year each year since. He now has over $600,000 in live tournament winnings but the $201,300 he's guaranteed at the PCA marks his best individual performance, surpassing the $126,120 he picked up for a second place finish at a WSOP circuit event. Koral plays tournaments just for fun and can normally be found sitting at the Omaha Hi/Low or mixed games tables online. Winning here would be fantastic for him but his main poker goal is to win a WSOP bracelet. With 13 cashes and two final table appearances already, this seems a realistic ambition. Away from the table Tom likes to travel and play golf. His family were here with him but have already flown home. His girlfriend will be flying in to support him tomorrow.

Seat 5: Harrison Gimbel, 19, from Jupiter, Florida - 6,000,000 chips
Gimbel won his seat into the PCA main event in a $1,000 live satellite the day before the tourney began. Moneywise, this is already his best result to date but he says he won a bunch of online tourneys and in June he took down the 2009 Florida State Poker Championships at Isle Casino in Pompano Beach for $67,860. His most recent deep run online was snagging around $40k for a sixth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million. If he manages to win the PCA, he will be the youngest ever champion in the tournament's seven year history. He started playing poker when he was 13, tagging along to home games with his older brother. Gimbel had been planning to study business at the University of Alabama from September but he got sick in the first few weeks, reckoned he couldn't catch up and decided to focus full time on poker.

Seat 6: Barry Shulman, 63, Las Vegas, USA - 6,805,000 chips
Before October this year, former real estate developer Shulman was probably best known as the owner of CardPlayer magazine and being the father of poker pro Jeff who - at the time - was one of the WSOP main event finalists. Then came the World Series of Poker Europe event in London which Shulman sensationally won after beating Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up. That gave Shulman a £801,603 payday with son Jeff adding to the family coffers in November by coming 5th in the WSOP for $ 1,953,452. Before London, Shulman's best result had been the Bellagio Five Diamond Classic in 2003 for 234,798. Since buying CardPlayer 11 years ago, the Shulmans have managed to up circulation to 60,000 and website visits from 800 a day to 16,000.

Seat 7: Benjamin "xthesteinx" Zamani, 23, Boca Raton, Florida - PokerStars qualifier - 3,700,000 chips
Zamani is a 23 year-old, full-time poker pro who started playing poker in high school with his friends. He only plays only No Limit Holdem tournaments but when he plays cash he likes to play Pot Limit Omaha. Zamani has had numerous wins online and has played around 50 live poker tournaments. His best result to date was coming tenth in a $5k WSOP tournament last year.

Seat 8: Tyler "puffinmypurp" Reiman, 21, Morton, Illinois - PokerStars qualifier - 9,350,000 chips
Tyler Reiman is the player who ended Team PokerStars Pro's dreams of making the PCA final table when he beat Duthie's pocket Aces with QQ and a Q on the flop. The massive 10 million pot gave Reiman an edge he never relinquished and he heads into the final in second place. Reiman also cashed at last year's PCA - 132nd place for $12,500 as well as the Season 5 EPT London event where he came 29th for £13,052. He turned 21 in March so played ten events at the WSOP in the summer but failed to make the. He's well-known online and has a string of good tournament results including $104,000 for winning a $1k event with some 400+ runners.

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