With the 2017 PokerStars Championship Caribbean now in the books, we can now look forward to the rest of the year. In recent years, many of the top performers in the Bahamas have went on to have a monster year in live tournaments.
Looking forward to the rest of the year, here are a few top performers from the PSCB that could have a killer year in 2017.
Jason Koon had a career year in 2016 capped by winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. His $2.89 million in earnings last year doubled his career best.
Koon has only cashed in one event this year, but he’s already enjoying his second best year ever after taking down the $100k Super High Roller. That victory earned him $1.65 million, the largest score of his career.
Scoring such a massive score to kick off the year will certainly bolster his confidence and will make him a threat throughout the season. Don’t be surprised to see him break through for his first major live title or take down some insane Super High Roller like the $250k Challenge at Aussie Millions or the Super High Roller Bowl.
Charlie Carrel has been on an insane run since the end of October and that has continued in the early part of 2017. He made six final tables in the last two months of 2016, winning once and earning three six-figure scores.
He continued his hot streak at the PSC Bahamas with a runner-up finish in the $100k Super High Roller for $1.19 million. On the last day of the series, he made another final table and finished 3rd in a $10k NL Turbo Six-Max for another $68k.
2nd for 1.2mil 🙂 Congrats to Jason. First time I have played with him and he is already one of my favourite people in poker!— Charlie Carrel (@CharlieCarrel) January 9, 2017
With $1.26 million in earnings already this year, he may destroy his career best of $2.12 million from 2016.
Daniel Dvoress cashed three times at the 2016 PCA, including final tables in the $100k and $50k High Rollers. He then went on to have the best year of his live career, earning over 1.18 million.
Dvoress already has collected $769k in earnings in 2017 after cashing four times in the PSC Bahamas. He finished 4th in $100k Super High Roller and 8th in the $50k Single Day. Dvoress also finished 12th in the $25k PSC High Roller.
This Canadian may not be as well known as some of the other players on this list, but he quickly approaching $3 million in live earnings and is poised to have a monster year in 2017.
Back in 2014, many wondered whether Dan Colman’s was going to be a legitimate threat on the tournament circuit or if he would be the ultimate flash in the pan. The last two years have proven that he’s no fluke with earnings of $1.85 and $1.3 million.
Colman is already on pace for another awesome year after earning $1.11 million in the Bahamas. He finished 59th in the PSC Bahamas Main Event and made the final table of both the $100k Super High Roller and the $50k Single-Day High Roller.
At this pace, Colman could have another killer year but it is hard to imagine him doing anything close to what he accomplished in 2014.
Mustapha Kanit is one of the poster children for starting the year off right in the Bahamas. The last three years he has kicked off the year with strong finishes at the PCA and has won between $1.5 and $2.8 million each year. Each time he has bested his previous “career year.”
It appears he is well on his way to repeating history in 2017. Kanit cashed five times at the PSC Bahamas with four final tables and a runner up finish in the $50k Single-Day High Roller won by Bryn Kenny.
Kanit has already amassed $791k in earnings this year, which is already his fourth largest single-year total of his live tournament career.
Back in 2014, Mike Leah kicked off a career year by winning a $5k NL Turbo at the PCA. He went on to win over $2.12 million that along with his first two WSOP Circuit rings and his first WSOP bracelet.
Leah cashed five times at the PSC Bahamas this year with three final tables and one victory. That victory came in one of the final events, the $10k NL Turbo Super Knockout. He earned $52k for the win and revealed on Twitter that he also scored $25k in knockouts.
That victory apparently “saved his trip” but based on past history, it could be the start of a killer year for one of the most well-rounded pros in the game.
No player won more at the 2017 PSC Bahamas than Bryn Kenney. He cashed six times with five final table and two victories for $1.76 million.
Both of his victory came in the span of a week after he took down the $50k Single-Day High Roller and the $25k NL Shot Clock Event.
He also finished 7th in the $100k Super High Roller. Kenney won the same event in 2016.
Kenney’s earnings have been steadily going up each of the last three years. Last year, he had a career year with $5.2 million in live earnings.
His strong start may be the precursor to another monster year. He presently sits with $13.67 million in live earnings and is 20th on the All-Time Money List.
If he happens to pull out yet another career year in 2017, he may catapult himself to the Top 10.