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The Main Event has always been the biggest highlight of the LIVE Caribbean Poker Party and this year graced one of the best in the history of the event. The Main Event, which concluded the Punta Cana poker series hosted a total of 1,061 players each of whom paid the $5,300 buy-in thus resulting in a prize pool of a whopping $5,145,850 – about 111 of the 1,061 players managed to accrue some earnings from this huge prize pool. However, it was Sam Greenwoods win that drew a lot of attention after he successfully outlasted the field to emerge first in the highly contested poker games.

Generally, last week was a great week for Sam Greenwood – he managed to make it to three major final tables at 2017’s Poker Party Festival that was held at the Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The Canadian poker pro began the Caribbean Poker Party week in the $10,300 High Roller which was a third-place finish. He then followed this up with a second-place finish in the $25,500 Super High Roller. Normally, most players usually call it a day after such a win – not Greenwood! He began the final day of the festival with a great chip lead dropping down to a few big blinds (2.5 big blinds to be precise) in the course of the game. Regardless, Greenwood recouped quickly to face off in a heads-up play with Russian poker pro Andrey Shatilov.

“It was just crazy; I don’t think I have ever run this good. I won so many all ins and I’m happy with how well I played. In the high rollers, it was more of a steady climb but in the main, I was all in so many times,” Greenwood said after his win.

Coming into the main event, Greenwood pocketed $366,850 and will receive an additional $1,000,000 when he jets out of the Dominican Republic. This win marks the second-largest one of his career following closely behind the $1,023,701 that he pocketed after finishing second in the EPT13 Barcelona €50K Super High Roller which was won by Fedor Holz in 2016.

Andrey Shatilov also walks away with a great deal of poker pro pride after giving Greenwood a run his money and pocketing a neat sum of $650,000. Like Greenwood, Shatilov kicked off the final table by eliminating some of his opponents which then propelled him into a rather massive chip lead. He then remained resilient and held on till he got to the heads-up with Greenwood where both players dueled diligently for a win but Greenwood outsmarted him one way or the other to emerge the winner. Despite being in the runner’s up position, this particular payday goes down as his second largest – the largest being his third-place finish for $684, 876 in Barcelona in 2016.