Former pocketfives world no.1 online tourney player Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen earned his biggest ever tourney cash earlier this week at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party after he took down a stacked field in the $25,500 Super High Roller event for $400,000.
It has been quite the year for Hunichen who has achieved a number of firsts; he came second in a WSOP $5k NL event for over $300k which at the time was his biggest ever score, he then went on to claim his first WCOOP title, taking down the $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max event for $53,537, and just last month he became only the fifth player in history to achieve $10m in online tourney cashes. Eclipsing his biggest ever score again and winning a prestigious live title is the perfect way for Hunichen to celebrate an excellent year’s work!
Coming into the final table of 6 Hunichen had it all to do as he sat second from bottom with just over 4m chips with leader, partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett leading the way with 11m.
Hunichen got off to a flyer, doubling up early on against German phenom Steffen Sontheimer when Hunichen’s flopped a Queen after he looked in danger for his tourney life when his preflop shove for 4.5m was called by Sontheimer who went in ahead with .
Trickett, however, was looking unstoppable as he took out Sontheimer is 6th place ($50,000) in a near 10m chip pot as his outlasted the German pro’s , before taking out Brazilian Rafael Moraes in 5th place in another near 10m chip pot as he tabled an almost identical . Moraes turned over but was only ahead until the flop gave Trickett two pairs to take his second scalp of the day. Moraes left with $75,000.
Above: Sam Trickett looked unstoppable early on as he eliminated the first two players at the final table to take a huge chip lead into four handed play
At this point Trickett held 22m of the 43m chips in play and looked to be cruising to victory. However, after attempting to push the table around a little too much he drained a few million chips before Hunichen, by this time down to just over 5m chips, woke up with pocket kings and was able to capitalise on a mis-timed preflop shove from Trickett who could only table . This took Trickett back down to 12.3m while Hunichen moved up to 10.8m.
With the blinds now at 200k/400k with a 400k ante there followed some wild changes in fortune for the remaining four players. First Trickett fell down to short-stack status with 6.5m chips after Sam Greenwood’s rivered a ten to double up against Trickett’s before he catapulted back into the lead shortly after the break when his flopped an ace against Adrian Mateos’s pocket 7’s.
No sooner had Trickett regained the lead than he was all but finished after a huge 3-way pot made Hunichen a huge chip leader. Mateos had shoved for just under 6m with before Trickett re-shoved with from the button. Unfortunately for both of them Hunichen woke up with and he managed to both eliminate Mateo in fourth ($110,000) and reduce Trickett to less than 3 big blinds.
Trickett was soon out, shoving his last 1.1m with . He was looked up by Hunichen with and a queen on the flop was all she wrote for the Brit who exited in third place, good for a $165,000 payday
Hunichen took a 3-1 chip lead over Greenwood into heads-up play and it didn’t take long for the match to conclude. Hunichen chipped away at Greenwood until the Canadian pro was down to just 10 big blinds, at which point he woke up with pocket 6’s and committed his chips to the pot. Hunichen called him down with , and was helped with a pretty sick run-out of to river an unlikely straight for the title. Greenwood earned $242,750 for his runner-up finish while Hunichen celebrated his biggest win to date and his first live win for three years.
Final Table Results – partypoker Caribbean Poker Party $25,500 Super High Roller
|1||Chris Hunichen||United States||$400,000|
|3||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||$165,000|