Jack Salter Starts 2019 in Style, Winning $230,500 at the PCA
11 January 2019
PokerBrave (863 articles)

Poker is a game where confidence is key and one man full of confidence right now and someone who has laid the foundations for yet another successful year at the felt is Jack Salter.

Salter was one of 75 entries in the $25,000 Single Day High Roller at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in The Bahamas. The $1,800,750 prize pool was shared among the top 11 finishers with the champion earmarked to take home almost half a million dollars.

Jonathan Kamhazi was the unfortunate player to burst the bubble. Down to half a small blind, Kamhazi open-shoved with king-four of clubs from under the gun and Salter isolated him with a re-shove from late position with king-queen. Both players paired their king on the flop, but there was no further help for Kamhazi and the 11 surviving players locked up $45,020.

Winner of the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen was the first player to cash and he was joined on the rail by the legendary Erik Seidel who burst the final table bubble.

Final Table Set: Salter Starts Second-Last in Chips

It was not looking good for Salter as he entered the nine-handed final table eighth in chips although he managed to ladder two spots when Byron Kaverman and Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov busted in quick succession.

Our hero then doubled through Sean Winter with nine-eight of diamonds versus the dominating ace-eight courtesy of a nine on the flop and another on the river. Salter then put himself in contention for the title when he doubled again, this time through Steve O’Dwyer, winning a coinflip with king-jack against O’Dwyer’s pocket nines.

Stanley Choi and O’Dwyer then crashed out to leave only five players in the hunt for glory and those five became four when Argentina’s Ivan Luca’s short stacked shove with king-six fell foul to Rainer Kempe’s pair of tens in the hole.

Kempe could not put those chips to good use, first being caught bluffing by David Peters to leave himself with slightly more than eight big blinds and then busting out, at the hands of Peters, when his ace-four failed to stay ahead of Peters’ queen-nine.

Then came Salter’s exit hand. With blinds of 40,000/80,000 and a big blind ante of 80,000, Winter moved all-in with queen-three of hearts and Salter called off his 1,105,000 with queen-nine. Winter paired both his hole card before improving to a full house on the turn when the three of diamonds made an appearance. Salter caught a nine on the river, but it was a case of too little too late for the popular Brit and he made his way to the cashier’s cage to collect $230,500.

Winter would go on to eliminate Peters in second-place, resigning Peters to a $352,040 runner-up prize and to claim the $495,210 top prize for himself.

It was only a couple of days ago that Salter navigated his way into the money of the record-breaking PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC), falling in 78th place for $45,700.

Salter, who started the year third in the UK Global Poker Index rankings, now has more than $7.4 million in live poker tournament cashes.