Day 1 ends at the PCA Main Event – Alexey Repik leads the way into Day 2

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    • #24923

      As Day 2 starts in the quest to find the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Champion of 2012 let’s take a look back over Days 1a and b or the $10,300 buy in event.

      The field, although still large enough to spread over two day 1’s was around 30% smaller than last year – perhaps not surprisingly in the aftermath of Black Friday and it’s extensive ramifications. However, the event still attracted a respectable 1,072 entrants creating a prize pool of $10,398,400 and a first prize of $2 million.

      Day 1a, always the less well attended of the starting days drew a field of 418 players who played through nine levels which effectively halved the field by the end of the days play.

      Some big names to fall in Day 1a include Chris Moneymaker, Isaac Haxton, Matt Glantz, Benny “toweliestar” Spindler and Theo Jorgensen.

      The day ended with Russian businessman Alexey Repik take a decent chip lead, ending the day nearly 30,000 ahead of his nearest competitor for Day 1a with over 220k chips (from a starting stack on 30,000).

      Russian businessman Alexey Repik

      Familiar names to make it out of Day 1a with chips to spare include; Victor Ramdin, Adam Levy, Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, Jordan Morgan, Hoyt Corkins, Tom Marchese and Randy “nanonoko” Lew.

      Day 1b was attended by 654 entrants, whittled down to 342 by the end of the days play. By the end of play UK player Alex Venovski was leading the way, bagging up 193,000 chips, still quite a way short of Repik’s total from day 1a.

      Joining Venovski at the top of the leader board is former November Niner, recent Epic Poker League Event winner and controversial “alleged” money borrowing degenerate David “Chino” Rheem who ended the day on 183,000 with PokerStars high stakes regular Phil “takechip” D’Autueil in fourth (from Day 1b’s leader board) with 171k chips.

      Other notables making progress to day 2 inlcude; Barry Greenstein, JP Kelly, Michael Mizrachi, Marcel Luske, David Benefield, Betrand “Elky” Grospellier, Humberto Brenes and Lex Veldhuis.

      Dumped out from Day 2 were recent high roller champion Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, WSOP Main Event Champ Pius Heinz, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Cliff Josephy, Martin Staszko and Jason Mercier.

      Day 2 is now well under way and we’ll be right back to you when the chips are bagged in anticipation of day 3.

    • #31671

      PCA Bahamas Main Event: “The Toilet” leads the way!

      Today it’s time for the third day of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on Bahamas. The player field has been narrowed down from 1072 to 195 players, and the chip leader is Faraz “The Toilet” Jaka, 2009-2010 WPT Player Of The Year, with 902,500 chips – quite impressive since he started Day 2 with only 129,500 chips.

      There are plenty of big names left. 2011 PCA winners Galen Hall and 2010 champ Harrison Gimbel, Luca Pagano, Barry Greenstein, Liv Boeree – just to mention a few. 160 of the remaining 195 players will receive a share from the massive prizepool. The winner will get stunning 2 million dollars, and the runner-up will get $1,275,000!

    • #31676
      Poker Guru

      Just 24 players remain with Farak “The Toilet” Jaka still in the lead!

      Team PokerGuru Dutch Pro “Ruben Visser” is still alive with 461K in chips.

      Remaining Players include :

      Alex Fitzgerald
      Phil D’Auteuil
      Anthony Gregg
      Byron Kaverman
      Sam Greenwood
      Kyle Julius
      Lee Goldman
      Martin Jacobson
      Maksim Semisoshenko
      John Dibella
      Mark Drover
      Daniel Schmieding
      David Bernstein
      Xuan Liu
      David Granados
      Daniel Shiff
      Alex Venovski
      Corey Burbick
      Ruben Visser
      David Peters
      Charles Furey
      Danny Chevalier
      Nikolaos Alafogiannis

    • #31688

      Team PokerGuru Dutch Pro “Ruben Visser” has made it to the top 8 in the PCA MAin Event.

      Here is an excerpt of the Final Blog post at PokerStars Blog Live Coverage:

      “Well, it’s been quite a day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the longest one we’ve had to endure this week. After nearly 13 hours of action, the final table has been set in the Main Event, and it will be Faraz Jaka who’s kept the yellow jersey, bagging up the biggest stack to lead the table into the finale. He’s got 6.47 million, but both Kyle Julius and Xuan Liu are within one big blind of overtaking him.

      The day began innocently enough with a measured and calm pace to the play. Slow, even. While the first three fell relatively quickly, the last 21 were in no mood to go home early. Hours passed and chip stacks began to draw closer to even, though, and in due course, the action picked up.

      Jaka took a big tumble midway through the day when his ace-king ran into pocket kings, but he didn’t appear rattled in the slightest. As the field shrunk, Jaka’s aggression continued to build, and he was pounding away at his table as they began to get short-handed with less than 16 players left. In the end, Jaka essentially doubled up with very few showdowns over the final levels of the night.

      Joining Jaka atop the counts are Kyle Julius and Xuan Liu, and it really was the three of them passing the chip lead around all day. Dutchman Ruben Visser did have his hands on the big stack for a short while, and his finishing count of 4.4 million puts him comfortably in fourth place and above the chip average.

      Thanks to that long day, the average stack has grown a bit short, and there are less than 300 big blinds in play to begin the final table. Anthony Gregg will begin on the shortest stack with less than ten of those big blinds, but you’d be a fool to count him out just yet. Those with sharp memories know the name from 2009 when Gregg made it all the way to heads-up in this event before falling to Poorya Nazari in the final duel. He’s got a shot at redemtion tomorrow, and there’s still plenty of fight left in him.

      The final table kicks off at 1:00pm tomorrow, but our coverage will begin at 1:40pm along with the live stream. Here’s a look at the lineup card:
      Seat Player Chips
      1 Mark Drover 1,430,000
      2 Anthony Gregg 1,160,000
      3 David Bernstein 1,960,000
      4 Ruben Visser 4,400,000
      5 Faraz Jaka 6,470,000
      6 John Dibella 3,465,000
      7 Xuan Liu 6,355,000
      8 Kyle Julius 6,450,000
      Thanks for sticking with us for the long session; we’ll see you back here tomorrow afternoon to crown our 2012 PCA Champion!”

    • #24924
      Poker Guru

      Final Results:

      Place Player Prize
      1 John Dibella 1,775,000
      2 Kyle Julius 1,500,000
      3 Faraz Jaka 755,000
      4 Xuan Liu 600,000
      5 Mark Drover 468,000
      6 Anthony Gregg 364,000
      7 David Bernstein 260,000
      8 Ruben Visser 156,400

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