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PCA 2019: Pierre Calamusa Bags Chip Lead on Day 2 of the Main Event With 79 Players Remaining

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  • Arpit Jain January 14, 2019
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The picturesque Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island, Bahamas is currently the epitome of poker action with the ongoing PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2019 $10,300 Main Event.

With late registrations open till the start of play on Day 2, 23 new entries helped take the total field size to 865 entries (623 unique entries + 242 re-entries) making for a staggering $8,390,500 in prize money. This year, a total of 56 nationalities were represented in the Main Event with USA being the most represented country with 189 entries.

The top 127 players will finish in the money with the Main Event champion set to take home the $1,567,100 winner’s prize along with the exclusive Main Event trophy.

After six 90-minute levels on Day 2, only 79 players were left standing and leading them all is Frenchman Pierre Calamusa who bagged a massive stack of 1,500,000 (250 big blinds). Trailing Calamusa and the only other player in the seven-figure club is Spaniard Vicent Bosca with 1,138,000 in chips.

Other big stacks in the running include Enrico Camosci (980,000), Matthias Eibinger (894,000), Pavel Veksler (808,000), Brian Altman (746,000) and Joao Simao (734,000).

The Indian challenge at the event ended on Day 2 with the elimination of Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal.


Day 2 Recap

Starting the day as the chip leader was Alexander Kharkov (350,500), followed by Joey Weissman (267,000), Joao Simao (251,200), Brian Altman (236,100) and Rainer Kempe (214,200).

Spain’s Adrian Mateos ran out of luck early on where he came out on the losing end of a coin flip with pocket tens to Guilherme Cheveau Paes Campos’ ace-king suited. Campos hit trip aces on the board that knocked out Mateos.

Among the other notables who busted before the money bubble were Rainer Kempe, Ole Schemion, Steffen Sontheimer, Brian Yoon, defending champion Maria Lampropulos, Dan Shak, Cary Katz, Chris Hunichen, Mustapha Kanit, Dietrich Fast, Joe McKeehen, Sylvain Loosli, Jake Cody, Steve O’Dywer, Nick Petrangelo, Joao Vieira, Liv Boeree, Pete Chen, Manig Loese and Ramin Hajiyev.

The Red Spade was well represented on Day 2 by Andre Akkari (143,200), Barry Greenstein (71,100), Jake Cody (67,800), Liv Boeree (64,800), Daniel Negreanu (56,700), Jeff Gross (53,300), Aditya Agarwal (52,800) and Randy Lew (43,500). The brigade suffered several casualties with Agarwal, Negreanu, Gross, Cody, Boeree, and Greenstein, all missing the money bus.

Negreanu was on the feature table, and was eliminated by Felipe Pantoja, who flopped three-of-a-kind and Negreanu couldn`t get there with the nut flush draw.

The money bubble round came with it`s fair share of drama as the hand-for-hand play commenced two places away from the money and in the very first hand itself, four-all-in-calls were made.

Kristen Bicknell and Matt Glantz doubled up while Stanley Lee and Luc Greenwood hit the rail and just like that the remaining 127 players locked in a $17,620 min-cash.

Post the bubble, the pace of eliminations picked up with several heavy hitters falling out and the list included names like Carlos Hey (80th for $20,980), Kristen Bicknell (82nd for $20,980), Davidi Kitai (94th for $20,980), Ivan Luca (97th for $18,460), Shaun Deeb (115th for $18,460), Joe Cada (121st for $17,620), Brynn Kenny (123rd for $17,620), Niall Farrell (124th for $17,620), and Sam Grafton (127th for $17,620).

Pierre Calamusa
Pierre Calamusa

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 2

  1. Pierre Calamusa – 1,500,000
  2. Vicent Bosca – 1,138,000
  3. Enrico Camosci – 980,000
  4. Matthias Eibinger – 894,000
  5. Pavel Veksler – 808,000
  6. Brian Altman – 746,000
  7. Joao Simao – 734,000
  8. Franz Ditz – 732,000
  9. Eder Takashi Murata – 619,000
  10. Scott Clements – 591,000

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