Portuguese poker pro takes down the PokerStars PCA Main Event for $1.3 million
By Bob Garcia
Michel Dattani scores his biggest pot to date in the $10,300 poker tournament
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) has always been seen as one of the biggest live poker tournaments. When the Main Event takes place, the number of participants is massive, making its pot total in the millions. This latest edition has come to an end, and when all the action was done, Portugal’s Michel Dattani was sitting in front with all the chips in his possession. Having pocketed $1.3 million for his stellar performance, the pro will undoubtedly remember this day as the juiciest win of his career.
For more than 15 years, Dattani has been seen on the professional poker scene achieving remarkable results. However, before he was credited with this seven-figure sum, his largest winnings had been approximately $123,000. While his good results have brought him significant recognition throughout his career, he had never won a tournament as important as the PCA.
The PCA continues to grow and this year’s edition was no exception. After attracting nearly 890 participants with a $10,300 buy-in, the prize pool expanded to $8.6 million. No matter where they were from, players from all over the world flocked to the Bahamas in search of this great payday. At the end of the day, the action was down to two players from Portugal.
Dattani may not be one of the most accomplished pros of recent times, but many on Americas Cardroom may have seen him in the 40+ Main Events he has participated in. He has never made it past Day 3 before, but it looks like this year was the definitive year for the big star, knocking out a challenging field of players like Maria Ho, Jason Mercier and Lex Veldhuis.