Nick Maimone runs it up to lead PSC Bahamas Main Event, Dan Colman second

January 10, 2017

Two days down and four to go in the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas, where 125 remain with a chance to hoist the first ever Main Event trophy. Nick Maimone enjoys the headline-earning title as end-of-night chip leader, a nice bit of recognition, to be sure, although everyone’s eyes remain on Saturday’s ultimate prize.

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Nick Maimone: All smiles today

Maimone finished the night with 689,000. Dan Colman, thanks in part to rivering quads against Christoph Vogelsang’s aces-full, finished in second place with 620,000.

You can find full chip counts here.

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Dan Colman

The start of Day 2 meant the end of late registration, and after the last few joined there were 738 entrants all told, creating a $3,376,712 prize pool to be divided among the top 143 finishers, with first place $480,012.

With a little less than half the starting field beginning the day, there was much work to be done to reach the cash, and players set to that task in earnest from the get-go. Indeed, why don’t we divide our story of the day into three alliterative categories — busts, big stacks, and the bubble.

Early knockouts included Keven Stammen, Team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody and Andre Akkari, Eddy Sabat, Steve O’Dwyer, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Andre Zaichenko, Bill Perkins, and last night’s $50,000 Single-Day High Roller winner Bryn Kenney.

David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Dvoress, Isaac Haxton, and Mustapha Kanit were among the formidable fallen as the day wore on, with PokerStars Sports Star Fatima Moreira de Melo and Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, and Felipe Ramos also failing to make it through the day.

Things finally broke bad for Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul, who gamely battled through much of the day before succumbing in a hand versus Dan Colman when Paul’s ace-nine couldn’t hold against queen-ten.

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Paul before the fall

Meanwhile the two biggest stacks to start the day — James Juvancic and Andrew Ryan — clashed and Ryan took over the lead for a while. Chance Kornuth surged upwards as well, with red spade sporter Jason Mercier, Dan Colman, and eventually Nick Maimone — last year’s $25,000 High Roller champion here at the Atlantis — all ascending to the top of the counts.

Things screeched to a halt shortly after the final level began, however, with the last hour of play taken up by hand-for-hand play. Tom Thomas finally fell in 145th when his pocket kings failed him versus Donys Rojas’s ace-queen, then another half-hour passed before there were three all-ins at once. Two made it through, but Noah Boeken did not, his pocket tens failing to hold when Tom Janssens made a runner-runner wheel with ace-five.

They’re all in the money, now, though still wading through the min-cashes. More waves of money-making will start the day tomorrow.

Meanwhile check below for the blow-by-blow of an exciting Day 2, and return tomorrow at 12 noon as we continue to find out together who will be earning the hardware in Paradise. –MH

Day 2 coverage archive

8:35pm: Mossa loving the bubble up sweat
Level 14- Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Rather than being anxious while he waited for his fate, Nick Mossa was loving waiting to find out if he would bubble.

After Noah Boeken was confirmed out, and he knew he was at least chopping 143rd place, he said, “Oh, this is exciting! Good luck Barry!”

He was referring to Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein who was his opponent in the hand. Mossa had raised from the hijack and Greenstein had defended his big blinds. The flop came 3♦A♥4♦ and Greenstein led out and called when Mossa shoved for 26,000.

Greenstein: J♦10♦
Mossa: A♣K♣

The board ran out 5♠4♥ and Mossa relaxed back into his seating knowing he wouldn’t be chopping a min cash. –MC

8:30pm: Noah broken on the bubble
Level 14- Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

It took around 45 minutes of bubble play, but the remaining 143 players are now in the money due to the misfortune of Noah Boeken. Facing a raise from Tom Janssens, Boeken pushed in his last 15,800 from the big blind with pocket tens.

Boeken: 10♠10♣
Janssens: A♣5♠

The board looked good for Boeken all the way through the turn…Q♥4♣8♣2♦

And you probably know what happened next. The 3♣ hit the river, the crowd went “Ohhhhhhhhh!” and Boeken was gone in 144th place. –BW

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Tough luck on the bubble

8:25pm: Bubble up for De Mario
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 400)

As the bubble burst on table two Massimo De Mario was all-in on Table 6 waiting for his turn to show his cards having shoved for 20,500 and getting a call from Scott Stewart in the big blind. This had been the fun table during hand for hand, with Jason Mercier buying a round of drinks for everyone.

De Mario: A♣A♠
Stewart: K♣Q♦

True to form it was a hand not without a little fun.

The flop came 7♠6♦6♥ which was pretty uneventful but the K♠ turn got an “Ohhh” from everyone watching. An even bigger one came on the Q♥ river before the surprise turned to laughter when it dawned that the two sixes on the board ensured a double up for De Mario. – SB

8:20pm: No stress on Table Mercier
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Tense bubble? Nah. Time for a beer.

8:15pm: Will this bubble burst?
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

There’s now only 22 minutes left on the clock and an interminable hand-for-hand period of play under way. There are some short stacks out there, but people are clinging on. The word from the tournament staff is that we will end Day 2 when the clock runs to the end whether or not the bubble has burst. That leaves us with the prospect of starting tomorrow with the bubble to burst as the first order of business. — HS

8pm: Ace on the river costs Thomas
Level 14- Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Tom Thomas, who went deep in this tournament in the past, was the soft bubble boy after his kings were cracked. He had to endure the wait as his all-in hand was the third of three to be called in the room, and the other two all-in players managed to stay alive with double ups.

He had three-bet all-in for 29,500 from the small blind after Donys Rojas had opened from UTG+1. Call.

Thomas: K♦K♠
Rojas: A♣Q♥

The board ran 4♣10♣3♥5♠A♥ to pair Rojas’ ace on the river. The groans could be heard all around the room. Thomas styled his defeat out with a smile and then made a swift exit. The tournament moved onto the pure bubble stage. –MC

7:55pm: The inevitable slowdown
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

They have been playing hand-for-hand for about 20 minutes now. They have seen one hand. This could take a while.

7:37pm: Medic!
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

A first double up–these are called “bubble-ups”–of the hand-for-hand period. It was Nenad Medic all-in for 59,600, called by William Batista.

Medic: A♥K♣
Batista: J♣J♠

After the waiting, and the explaining why cards were kept face down (to avoid players at other tables gaining an advantage) the board came K♠6♣A♣5♠9♦ to earn Medic a bubble up. Still 145 players remaining. – SB

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7:25pm: Clock paused
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

They are two players off the money and the clock is paused. They will restart the clock, along with hand-for-hand play, imminently. — HS

7:24pm: Tanking or thinking?
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

At this stage in the tournament, you always get a few people who try and tank their way into the money cradling a short stack. However, I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt instead of labelling them a time waster.

Take Tom Thomas for example. After Sylvain Loosli opened for 6,500 on the button, Diego Gomez made it 20,500 from the small blind. It was on Thomas in the big, and with 38,000 he contemplated his decision.

And did so for a while. A good few minutes. He would eventually fold, as did Loosli, but I had to know…was this tank a one-off?

In the very next hand, it folded to Gomez on the button and he made it 6,500. Thomas let his hand go straight away. But I think I need one more hand to know for sure.

In the very next hand after that, it folded to Gomez in the cutoff and he made it 6,500 again. Thomas’ cards couldn’t have hit the muck quicker.

You know what? I like this Thomas guy. He’s all right. –JS

7:23pm: New chip leader on the bubble
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

We’re just a couple busts off the money. Here’s how it looks at the top of the leader board. –BW

Name Country Chips
Nick Maimone Honduras 480,000
Andrew Ryan USA 400,000
Aleksei Opalikhin Russia 400,000
Dan Colman USA 390,000
Rex Clinkscales USA 360,000
Pedro Baptista Martinho Cabeca Portugal 350,000
James Juvancic USA 330,000
Damien Steel Canada 326,000
Rodrigo Cordoba Argentina 300,000
James Martyn Canada 292,000
Chance Kornuth USA 290,000

7:22pm: Greenstein has no need to stall
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

There are 146 players left – three off the money – and due to the amount of stalling in the room, hand-for-hand play will commence when one more player busts.

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein is not one of those players stalling. A player would be ridiculed for doing so with a nickname like “The Bear”. We witnessed him raising and taking twice in one orbit, both times getting the raise through. He showed pocket nines the first time, that helped set up the image for the second raise. The Team PokerStars Pro moved up to 115,000 and is in great shape to make the money. –MC


Barry Greenstein: Bear-ing in on the money

7:21pm: Baumann over Greenwood
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Gaelle Baumann was just potentially at risk of going out three spots shy of the money in a hand versus Luc Greenwood.

With the board showing 8♦5♣Q♠7♠Q♦, Greenwood led with a river bet and Baumann shoved all-in over the top, and after tanking for a while Greenwood let his hand go.

Baumann bounces up around 140,000 thanks to that hand while Greenwood has 168,000. –MH

7:20pm: Colman making it look easy
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Even Daniel Colman seemed surprised to win the hand in such a fashion against John Engledow. Colman kept betting and Engledow kept calling, right up to the point that Colman revealed king-three, having flopped trip kings. Whatever Engledow had was not enough. Colman now has close to 500,000. – SB


Dan Colman: Easy game

7:15pm: Decision time for Mattern
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Arnaud Mattern had bet at least the flop and river on a board of 3♣10♠6♣2♥4♦ only for Mike McDonald, calling so far, to shove behind Mattern’s river bet of 12,200.

Mattern now had the decision to make and spent more than five minutes in the tank knowing that he was calling for his tournament life. As he sat and ran through that choice at least four other tables featured all-ins called (although it appears only one resulted in an eliminations).

Mattern apologized for the time he was taking, to which Nacho Barbero, one of the short stacks at the table, went out of his way to say was fine by him.

Eventually Mattern folded. He drops to around 43,000. – SB

7:12pm: Put the ornaments back in their place
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

If you’re a relative of any of the following and have been rearranging the mantelpiece to make room for a big trophy, don’t bother. Here are the latest eliminations:

Vojtech Horut, Brian Cunningham, Kou Vang, Antonio Della Sciucca, Benny Chen, Marco Caza, Vanessa Kade, Aaron Paul, Nicola Basile, Rafael Golka.

(Actually, I take that back about Basile. He already won the PokerStars Championship National event this week.) — HS

7:11pm: Bonomo on the bubble
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (ante 500)

Down to 146 — three from the cash now — and the short stacks continue to eye that upper right hand corner of the tournament clock to see the number of players remaining.

One short stack not overly concerned about the impending bubble situation is Justin Bonomo. He just open-raised all in from the button and earned the blinds and antes, increasing his stack to just under 40,000. –MH


Justin Bonomo: Happy on the bubble

7:10pm: Staples’ snowmen
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

PokerStars Team Online’s Jaime Staples has just increased his stack significantly. I suppose it’s not too hard to do when you flop the second nuts.

Picking up the action on an 8♥4♣4♦ flop, Staples checked it to his sole opponent in the hand, Mukul Pahuja. He checked it back and the turn came the 3♦, which prompted Staples to lead out for 7,000. Call.

The 7♣ completed the board and Staples increased his bet-size a fair bit, making it 45,000 to go. Pahuja thought for a while before making the call, only for Staples to turn over the 8♣8♠ for a flopped boat. Pahuja could only muck and count his remaining 43,000, while thanks to his three snowmen Staples is up to 171,000 now. –JS

7:05pm: Six to the money and one minute to act
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

With a few minutes left in Level 13, they’re down to 149 players which is six eliminations away from the cash.

Unsurprisingly, the action is slowing down as the short stacks are all cognizant of the situation. The clock has been called a few times of late, including twice in a single hand pre-flop at one table. –MH

7pm: Golka races away
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Rafael Golka lost the el classico of races to depart just shy of a Caribbean cash.

He was down to 26,000 when he made his move down UTG+1. The action folded all the way round to Yakov Onuchin in the big blind who made a quick call after looking at his holding.

Onuchin: A♣K♥
Golka: Q♣Q♠

The board ran 3♦4♥K♥4♣4♠ to make Golka a full house. He moved up to 125,000. –MC

6:55pm: Katchalov in trouble
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Eugene Katchalov is on the brink of elimination six off the money. On a flop of J♣2♣Q♣ Katchalov had bet 15,000 before Czeslaw Szerszen shoved for 95,900, marginally less than what Katchalov had behind.

Katchalov thought about it, then decided, calling with A♠A♦. Szerszen though had flopped a set with J♥J♠.

Katchalov is down to 13,000 while Szerszen moves up to 235,000. – SB

6:50pm: Paul takes a bad beat to bust
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

“Oh god, that was brutal!” said Aaron Paul after Dan Colman got lucky to eliminate him.

Colman was sat UTG+1 and called a 5k raise from the player to his right. Paul was in the cutoff and squeezed all-in for 25,800. The original raiser folded and Colman went into the tank. The two shared a smile and then Paul said, “Nice!” when Colman eventually called.

Colman: Q♥10♦
Paul: A♣9♥


Aaron Paul, once on TV, now on the rail

The board ran J♠J♥K♠A♦2♠. You can guess which street Paul said the line from above. The two shook hands and Colman moved up to 385,000 as a result. –MC

6:45pm: Backdoor cover for Mercier ousts Cunningham
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

While an announcement is being made over the public address system regarding the upcoming 3-on-3 basketball event involving Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, the talk at Mercier’s table is entirely about football. Specifically betting on football.

It’s all point spreads, over/unders, backdoor covers… wait a minute, there’s an open from Mercier to 5,200 from the hijack seat.

Anyway, there was a minute to go and it looked like the under was a lock when… hold on, there’s Brian Cunningham reraising all in from the button for 33,700 total.

Hold on a second. Let’s think about this one.

When the action returned to him, Mercier took about a minute to consider things before deciding to call the reraise, showing 9♦8♦ while Cunningham had K♠10♣.

The 5♣K♣6♠ flop felt like a two-touchdown lead for Cunningham, with the 4♥ turn carrying things safely forward to the two-minute warning for him.

Then came the river, a Hail Mary 7♦ to give Mercier a winning straight, and Cunningham departs without cashing a ticket.

Mercier is up to 290,000 now, which means he can call just about any play he wants for the time being. –MH

6:43pm: Cold hard Steel
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Gaelle Baumann, Ryan Riess and Damien Steel checked the flop of Q♠10♥7♣ for the A♠ turn card. Baumann checked, Riess bet 6,800 and Steel called, leaving Baumann to step out of the way.

The river card was the J♦. Riess bet another 10,400 but Steel wasn’t going anywhere. Instead he raised to 35,000 getting an immediate fold from Riess in response. – SB

6:42pm: The anti-tanker becomes the driver
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

What do you call a person who drives a tank?

That’s currently my latest Google search. You see, anyone who witnessed Cliff Josephy’s feuds with Will Kassouf at the WSOP last summer know that the man known as JohnnyBax doesn’t like tanking. And yet in this latest hand, it was Josephy himself who was forced into the tank. Hence my Google search; I wanted a clever headline.

I didn’t get one. The driver of a tank is called…the driver.


Cliff “The Driver” Josephy

Anyway. The hand in question began with a 5,500 open from Diego Gomez UTG+1, which folded to Venezuela’s Donys Rojas in the cutoff. He then three-bet to 16,500, and it then folded to Josephy in the big blind. He four-bet up to 40,000, and Gomez started thinking. A minute or so went by as he stared as Josephy, then across to Rojas, then back to Josephy. Eventually, he let it go.

Over to Rojas, he wasted no time five-bet jamming all-in for 101,000. That put Josephy in a tricky spot, and here’s where his tanking began. He took a couple of minutes to ponder, but in the end he threw his hand away.

“I had jacks,” said Gomez, seemingly explaining to Josephy why he took so long.

“You did? I had jacks too,” Josephy replied.

Rojas then put both their minds at ease by revealing he had pocket kings. He pulled in the pot and is up to around 150,000, while Gomez has 154,000 and Josephy has 185,000. –JS

6:41pm: McDonald shoves on Barbero
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

The cameras were gathered around the table featuring Mike McDonald and Nacho Barbero. The reason? A board of A♠4♣J♣J♦, a bet by Barbero of 10,500, and the McDonald death stare in action.


Nacho Barbero: Instant fold

The result of the death stare was a shove from McDonald, and an immediate fold from Barbero. – SB


Mike McDonald: That’s not a death stare

6:38pm: So near
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

But yet so far. All of the following have been eliminated in the past 30 minutes, missing the money:

Nick Petrangelo, Milcho Angelov, Fabrizio Gonzalez, Vitaly Tevis, Christoph Vogelsang, Thomas Lefort, Adrian Gruber, Jonathan Eger, Edward Mandel, David Ward, Andre Schneider, Daniel Koop.

6:35pm: Score one for Florian
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Florian Haiduc just used Q♣Q♠ to send Antonio Della Sciucca railward after A♠Q♦ failed him.

The board? 7♥5♠J♦10♣4♦. Queens win. Haiduc is up to 242,000. –MH

6:30pm: It’s hard to make a pair in this game…
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

…therefore you should think twice about folding one, no matter how small. Than plan worked out okay for Ami Alibay, although he only had to call a flop bet.

Kevin Andriamahefa opened to 5,600 from the hijack and Alibay peeled from the big blind. The flop came J♣2♥4♥ and Andriamahefa continued for 6,500. Alibay check-called before the K♦3♥ turn and river were checked through. Alibay opened 6♥4♥ and moved up to 265,000 after Andriamahefa mucked to drop to 171,000. –MC

6:25pm: Riess on a roll
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Not much entertainment from a hand between Luc Greenwood and Ryan Riess, at least not after the flop.

Greenwood opened for 5,500 on the button, which Riess, who began the day with 10,000 (and now has more than 100,000), called from the big blind.

Then that flop I mentioned 3♣8♥7♥. That was checked. So was the A♣ turn. And the 9♣ river.

“Queen-high” announced Riess, prompting Greenwood to turn over his 5♦K♥. – SB

6:20pm: Petrangelo put on the rail
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Nick Petrangelo is out. We must confess the circumstances of his exit will have to remain somewhat vague, but both Chance Kornuth and James Martyn seem to be in especially good spirits after what may well have been a multi-way situation.

In any case, what’s past is past. Petrangelo is gone, Kornuth has 250,000, and Martyn 210,000. –MH

6:15pm: Staples flying
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

What about Jaime Staples? I hear you ask. Over to you, Jaime:

6:10pm: Snippets from around the room
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

– Adrian Mateos has moved up to 245,000 after he check-raised Pratyush Buddiga off a hand. They had made it to a 7♠K♥3♦ flop with 11,000 in the middle. Mateos check-raised Buddiga’s 5,500 bet up to 19,000. The latter folded to drop to 127,000.

– Gaelle Bauman is getting short (down to 60,000) after she also folded to a flop raise. She led for 5,000 on a 4♠7♣J♦ flop but folded after Andre Crooks raised to 13,500.

– Lucas Greenwood has passed 200k after he made aces-up. He and Mitchell Towner had made it to the turn where the board read J♥10♥A♥5♦. Towner bet 5,500 and called when Greenwood check-raised him up to 19,000. Both players checked the 6♥ river and Greenwood’s A♠10♠ bettered Towner’s A♦9♣. –MC

6:08pm: Kaverman captures Gonzalez
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

Fabrizio Gonzalez found himself caught in a nasty check-calling loop versus Byron Kaverman just now, and it ended with Gonzalez spinning right out of the event.

We pick up the action on the turn with the board K♦4♠Q♥5♣ and after a long time in the tank Gonzalez check-calling Kaverman’s 17,500 bet, leaving himself just about 15,000 behind.

The 4♦ river card was met with another check from Gonzalez, and acting with uncharacteristic alacrity Kaverman put enough chips forward to cover what Gonzalez had left.

Gonzalez thought for several minutes, then the clock was called. He rechecked his cards, shook his head as though not too happy with what he saw, counted out his chips again, and finally called.

Kaverman tabled A♥A♦, better than Gonzalez’s J♠J♦, and the field was reduced by one more.

Kaverman has about 180,000 now. –MH

6:05pm: Colman folds to Pinkman
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

And by Pinkman, I’m referring to Jesse Pinkman, or Aaron Paul, if you like. Dan Colman opened to 5,000 in the hijack and it folded to Paul on the button. With just 33,600 in front of him, Paul moved all-in and it folded back to Colman.

A crowd of Paul’s minders and TV cameras gathered as Colman asked for a count. It wasn’t much to his 180,000 stack, but in the end he let his hand go and Paul raked in the pot. Yeah! More chips, b**ch! –JS

6:03pm: Top chips
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

As the bubble approaches, here are some of the top stacks in the field. –BW

Name Country Chips
Andrew Ryan USA 447,000
Rodrigo Cordoba Argentina 300,000
Nick Maimone Honduras 300,000
Dan Colman USA 290,000
James Juvancic USA 280,000
Adrian Mateos Spain 280,000
James Martyn Canada 260,000
Valentin Messina France 260,000
Pascal Lefrancois Canada 260,000
Jaime Staples Canada 240,000
Jason Mercier USA 235,000
Mike McDonald Canada 220,000


James Juvancic: Last night’s leader still strong

6:01pm: Late-night bubble?
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

There are only 160 players left and with 143 due to be paid, there’s a good chance we will hit the money tonight. Equally, we might not. The race is on. Here’s the full payout schedule, by the way.

6pm: And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (ante 400)

If you thought being a member of the floor staff was a bit samey think again. Even after years in the business you get called to answer a question you’ve never been asked before, like this one a short while ago.

“How many drinks am I allowed to have on the table?”

What you also don’t know is that the answer is probably made up.

“Well… one?” came the reply.

Which seemed reasonable given the player in question had three water bottles lined up behind his chips, and spilling one would cause all kinds of problems.

I’m not sure why the question needed to be answered, or even asked for that matter, but there you have it. Two bottles were (grumpily) removed from the table. – SB

5:50pm: Oooof…sorry Christoph
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

If you didn’t catch the live stream on the land hand of the level, you missed Dan Colman rivering quad deuces against Christoph Vogelsang…which was only made more interesting by the fact that Vogelsang has aces full of deuces. Vogelsang is still alive, but barely. –BW

5:45pm: Last two levels
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (400 ante)

The remaining 168 players are coming back from the break and will attempt to play two more levels before the end of the day. This little group will steal a march on them to the restaurants. They are out:

Victor Figueroa, Ema Zajmovic, Nadal Santiago, Alex DiFelice, Pregrag Bukovec , David Bokor, Ignacio Lopera, John Gulino, Corey Hochman, David Friendship, Angel Penalver, Jason Koon, Urban Nilsson, Walter Treccarichi, Jaanus Telvar, Agustin Williams Heresi, Serge Cantin. — HS

5:29pm: Where you from?



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5:30pm: Petrangelo on the up
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Players are on a 20-minute break, but here’s one from just before the klaxon sounded:

Nick Petrangelo and Chance Kornuth haven’t stopped chatting since the latter got moved to his table, but they had to when they found themselves in a pot together. Petrangelo had opened to 4,500 and got a call from Kornuth on the button, only for Rasmus Glaesel to squeeze it up to 17,000. Both called.


Nick Petrangelo: In a moment of silence

The flop came 5♦Q♦2♦ and Glaesel didn’t rush, fidgeting and peeling back his cards. He eventually made a c-bet of 26,000, which Petrangelo called with not much fuss. Kornuth let it go.

Heads-up to the turn, it fell the 2♥. “You started with 130,000?” asked Glaesel.

“Yep,” came the reply.

He then checked it and Petrangelo checked back. The river was the 8♣ and Glaesel seemed to be having a hard time getting comfy. He was squirming in his seat a little, and when he checked Petrangelo insta-checked too. Glaesel showed the A♣K♣ for ace high, which was no good against Petrangelo’s J♦J♠. That increases Petrangelo to 188,000, and drops Glaesel to 93,000. –JS

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5:28pm: Andrew Ryan leads at break
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

As we head into the second break of the day, Andrew Ryan, who came into today second place in chips, will hold the chip lead with around 447,000 in front of him. Full counts are on the chip-count page.–BW

5:26pm: Big names, small pot, big blind winner
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Diego Gomez won a small battle of the blinds versus Sylvain Loosli to move up to 150,000.

The two players took to an 8♣J♣3♥ flop where Loosli led for 2,500. Gomez called and both players checked the 7♥J♠ turn and river through. Loosli opened 6♣7♣ and dropped down to 280,000 after the Spaniard opened 8♠5♦. –MC

5:25pm: We need to talk about Kevin
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

There comes a time in every young man’s life where he has to have a sit down and be told…how things go. Y’know, birds and the bees type stuff. So, Team Online’s Kevin Martin, let’s have a chat.

This here is live poker. You don’t have to act instantly like you do online. Things move slowly here.

We’re joking of course; a bit of speedy play is always welcome, and we just saw some from Martin, even if the hand didn’t go his way. After Benny Chen opened to 4,500, Martin instantly raised to 12,500 from the small blind when it folded to him. And I do mean instantly.

However, Chen wasn’t done and raised it up to 26,000, which got an equally quick fold. Martin has 90,000 now, while Chen increases a little to 121,000. –JS

5:20pm: Valentin not Messinaround
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

A four-way pot on Justin Bonomo’s table saw him in position on the button to see a flop fall 8♣7♥9♥. All checked around to the magenta-haired one who fired a bet of 8,000, and after the blinds got out only the Frenchman Valentin Messina stuck around with a call.

Both checked the board-pairing 8♠ turn, then after the 2♣ fell on the river Messina bet 13,000 and Bonomo quickly called.

Messina tabled 9♦8♦, having turned a full house, and Bonomo mucked. Bonomo has right about 120,000 now while Messina is up close to 260,000. –MH

5:15pm: Martyn halts Petrangelo
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

The general consensus is that Nick Petrangelo has been in beast mode for a while now. That was the impression I got watching him for a short while. He opened two pots, both from early position, and got no takers both times.

Also at this table though was Day 1A chip leader James Martyn, formerly of a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and now in a pressed shirt and polished shoes. He looks the part and he’s certainly playing the part.

He just took two pots against Petrangelo. If Martyn is on new ground in an event like this, it’s not showing.

In the first hand Martyn opened for 4,500 under the gun, which the button, and then Petrangelo all the way back in the big blind, called for a flop of Q♠7♣10♥. Petrangelo checked to Martyn who bet another 6,200. That was called (the button backed out). Then Martyn’s 9,500 on the 3♦ turn card. Petrangelo went to his chips, then had a change of heart, folding his hand.

A hand later the two went sparring again.

Five players saw a flop, all calling Rasmus Glaesel’s bet of 4,500 from middle position, including Petrangelo and Martyn in the blinds.

The flop came J♥3♠K♦ which was checked all round. On the 8♦ turn Petrangelo checked to Martyn who bet 8,700. That got a fold from Glaesel and a call from Pedro Cavalieri in the cutoff. Then they all watched Petrangelo start to compile a raise – like watching the something coming your way and knowing you can’t jump out of the way in time.

Petrangelo’s raise was to 36,500, but curiously Martyn was ready with his call within ten seconds. Not surprisingly Cavalieri got out of the way before the Q♥ river card, which Petrangelo and Martyn both checked.

Petrangelo: K♣8♣
Martyn: (with a slightly triumphant flick) 3♣3♥

Martyn’s efforts take his stack up to 335,000. Petrangelo meanwhile drops to 125,000. – SB

5:10pm: Figueroa doubles Foxen then busts
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Victor Figueroa doubled up William Foxen, was left short, and then busted the very next hand.

Foxen was down to 35,800 when he open-shoved from the cutoff. Figueroa was in the small blind and tank-called.

Figueroa: J♦J♠
Foxen: A♦Q♠

The board ran 6♦3♦2♥3♥7♦.

That left Figueroa with just 6,400 and they went in the very next hand. He picked up two callers including Patrick Vos. The flop fell J♦4♣7♠ and Vos got it heads-up by betting 5,000. He opened J♦9♦ which was ahead of Figueroa’s K♠10♥ and the board ran out 3♦2♥. –MC

5:05pm: Harder’s hand holds, Hochman hits highway
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Corey Hochman’s day is done after getting his last chips in on a 3♣9♦4♠ board holding K♥J♠, having to find help versus Christian Harder’s 7♠7♥, and watching the 6♦ turn and Q♠ river fail to improve his hand.

Harder is up to 152,000. –MH

5pm: Ramos gone
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Felipe Ramos never managed to make a recovery at his new table. He was down to 12,100 when he made his move all-in from under the gun. He watched as one fold came after another until Andre Crooks looked down at a monster in the big blind and called.

Crooks: Q♥Q♠
Ramos: 8♥4♥

Ramos rested his hand on Crooks’ arms and said, with a deadpan voice, “Sorry.”

The ploy didn’t work as the board ran 9♦9♠10♠10♦2♣ to send the Team PokerStars Pro on his way. –MC

4:56pm: Lights out
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

We now have fewer than 200 players left. In recent moments it’s been lights out for David MacNeil, Justin Liberto, Collee Fabian, Sameer Aljanedi, Daniel Negreanu, Cristian-Andrei Folescu, Maurice Hawkins and Morris Dadoun. — HS

4:56pm: Mercier in the ascendency
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

I arrived late to this hand to find four cards on the board and about 40,000 in the middle. Nadal Santiago was in the cutoff and had checked on a board of K♦A♣2♠8♦. Jason Mercier was next to him on the button, riffling, and about to bet 23,500.


Jason Mercier drops in on Richard Seymour earlier

This gave the decision back to Santiago, who had about 65,000 behind, while Mercier had more like 130,000. He called and watched the river card come J♠. Neither player showed any inclination to bet it. Mercier showed A♦Q♥ which was enough to put Santiago form showing his hand.

Santiago drops to 41,000 while Mercier moves up to 235,000. — SB

4:55pm: Kanit’s flush after last night, but his flush here is no good
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

It’s only been a little over 13 hours since Mustapha Kanit finished second to Bryn Kenney in last night’s $50K high roller, in which he added $695K to his career earnings. However, they say that money can’t buy you happiness, and happiness – as we all know – is having a big stack in the PSC Bahamas Main Event.

The Italian (who is sat right next to one of his railbirds from last night, Walter Treccarichi), was heads-up in a pot against Mike McDonald. The board showed the Q♠2♣9♣ flop and Q♣ turn, and Kanit had checked it to Timex. The Canadian bet 18,000 into a roughly 60,000 pot, and Kanit was more than a minute into his thinking process.

Another 60 seconds or so went by before he announced “All-in”, and McDonald tossed in a calling chip instantly. He had the goods with the Q♦9♦ for a full house, which didn’t quite have Kanit’s 10♣8♣ drawing dead. There was only one card in the deck that could Kanit: the J♣ for a straight flush.


Mike McDonald: Dodging one out

Instead it came the K♣ and Kanit dropped right down to 7,000. He’d bust shortly after, while McDonald is up to 210,000 now. –JS

4:50pm: Kevin Martin never loses
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Kevin Martin just go his last 50,000 all-in versus Pascal Lefrancois, and it looked like this.

Martin: A♠K♠
Lefrancois: 9♣9♠

“I’m sorry, but I never lose with ace-king,” Martin said. And he seemed as close to serious as he could’ve been.


Pascal Lefrancois: Pair no good

Yet here came the dealer laying out 3♥3♣7♣2♥.

Who says he never loses with ace-king?

River: K♦.

Martin was then up out of his chair, zipping around the table, and speaking in a voice just above a stage whisper.

“I love ace-king,” he said halfway around the table. “It’s the Main Event! It’s the Main Event!”


Kevin Martin: Never loses with Ace-King

Martin doubled to around 100,000. LeFrancois was still fine with a 200,000 stack.–BW

4:45pm: Online hand alert!
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

A hand just played out on the feature table that is pretty solid evidence that it doesn’t “only happen online”. It was queens against kings against aces and even Aaron Paul needed to take a photo of it on his cellphone.


It was Matthew Aquino with the queens, Angel Penalver with kings and Thomas Muehlemann with the aces. The aces held up but Aquino had the biggest stack, so he survives.

Yeah, yeah, if it had been you with the aces, there would have been a queen on the flop. We’ve heard it. Not in real life, though. — HS

4:45pm: Seymour satisfies his liability
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

As a 12-year National Football League veteran with an illustrious career — winning three Super Bowls, being named to the Pro Bowl seven times — Richard Seymour probably knows a little something about money management. The NFL pays a decent salary, especially to the game’s elite, meaning he’s likely had some experience with the many obligations that come with earning such a living.

As a defensive end Seymour accumulated nearly 500 tackles during his career. So far in this event he’s accumulated an above average number of chips, too, although suffered a small setback in a hand just now versus Michael Zuckerman.

After Seymour raised from late position with A♥Q♥, Zuckerman three-bet pushed a small stack from the small blind with A♠2♠ and Seymour called, then three spades by the turn gave Zuckerman the hand.

“You know what I call that?” said Seymour as he paid what Zuckerman was owed. “Paying taxes. I don’t mind paying taxes now and then.”

Even after taking care of that tax burden, Seymour has plenty left over as he now has 187,000. –MH

4:40pm: Ramos doubles Weinman
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

On the last hand before the “table of death” was broken, Daniel Weinman managed to double up through Felipe Ramos.

We picked the action on the turn with a board reading 6♥2♦K♣Q♣. Ramos bet 5,000 from UTG+1 and tank-called after Weinman check-raised to 16,200 from the big blind. The 8♣ completed the board and Weinman moved all-in for 30,100.

A floorman was there with chip trays in his hands, waiting for thee hand to end. Ramos kept him waiting for another minute before he called with K♥5♥, which was no good against Weinman’s A♠A♦. The Brazilian will take 21,000 to his new table. –MC

4:38pm: Selbst sunk
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (ante 300)

Looks like Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst will be hitting the links (as noted below), as she just lost the last of her short stack in a hand versus Allen Kessler.

We only arrived for the end-of-hand scooping — of chips by Kessler, and of cards by the dealer.

Regarding the latter, the dealer moved quickly, but it looked as though Selbst had A♥8♥, Kessler J♠J♣, and the board came 7♠5♣2♣Q♦5♠. Meanwhile chip-wise Kessler is up around 120,000 at present. –MH

4:35pm: Fairways
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Sergio Garcia is a fixture in the Bahamas in January and has made deep runs in the PCA before. This time he didn’t make the money in the Main Event (he just ran his finger across his throat when asked how he got on) but has hopped in a $1,000 six-max side event.

He has also found some time to come over and chat to Vanessa Selbst and arrange what sounds like a pretty tasty four-ball for later in the week. Selbst looked at her short stack ruefully and said she thinks she’ll be available for it.

Garcia also greeted Chance Kornuth, who wasn’t invited to the golf but probably would be able to make it anyway. He has a ton of chips — about 200,000 — and isn’t booking anything for the rest of the week.


Chance Kornuth: Stacked

As the conversation was under way, Kornuth played a pot against Kevin Andriamahefa. Kornuth lost it, but it won’t have cost him too much.

Kornuth opened to 3,600 from UTG+1 and Andriamahefa called in the big blind. The saw a flop of A♥3♦2♦ and Andriamahefa check-called Kornuth’s bet of 4,000.

They then checked the 9♠ turn, before Andriamahefa bet 8,000 at the 2♠ river. Andriamahefa showed A♣8♥ and Kornuth mucked. — HS

4:32pm: Payout information

Tournament organizers have released the payout information. Out of the $1,931,752 prize pool, the final table players will make this much cash:


4:30pm: A hand (caught in the cookie jar)
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Daniel Negreanu was looking relaxed; it’s hard not to be when you’ve got your head plumped on a massage pillow and the knots in your back are being eradicated. And yet he only had 14 big blinds. Luckily, I was around when he made his move.

Marcin Kapkowski had come in for a raise to 3,600. Then Brian Cunningham had a cunning plan; he three-bet it up to 8,500. When it folded to Negreanu, he slid in his 23,400 stack and in return received an all-in triangle. Kapkowski let his hand go quickly, and Cunningham…well, he didn’t do anything really.

“A-ha! Yes!” said Negreanu, to his next door neighbour Francois Billard. “I think I’ve caught his hand in the cookie jar here.”

He had indeed. Cunningham eventually made a sheepish call and showed his A♦6♦, which was behind the A♣K♣ of the Team PokerStars Pro.


Daniel Negreanu was all-in, now all-out

But the Poker Gods were on hand to remove Cunningham’s hand from said cookie jar. The 7♥9♦4♠ flop was perfectly safe, but the 6♥ turn left Negreanu drawing thin. He couldn’t find a king on the Q♣ river, and that meant the end of Kid Poker. Cunningham increased to 140,000.

“Good luck guys,” Negreanu said with a sigh, which I think was both related to him busting, and having his relaxing massage rudely interrupted. –JS

4:20pm: Epistemological blogging
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

There are always at least two stories for every poker hand — the story of what can be seen and heard, and the story of what cannot.

We here at the PokerStars Blog make it a rule (generally) to confine ourselves to reporting the former. After all, while we can be inventive at times, we’re not mind readers. And like all humans, we’re limited by our senses.

Sometimes, though, the players let us in on what we can’t see or hear, and as dutiful chroniclers we like to pass that along as well when we can.

Just now came a hand that saw Cristian-Andrei Folescu’s Main Event come to an end after his 10♠10♣ failed to hold against the A♣K♣ of Hendrik Latz thanks to an ace on the flop. Latz is stacking a healthy 212,000 now.

That’s the observable. Now for the rest.

“I had three-four, in case you’re interested,” said Jonathan Eger, sitting to Latz’s left. Latz grinned and nodded in response.

“King-queen,” volunteered Michael Bills, following the lead of telling what he’d had.

“Pocket nines,” then intoned Igor Gamayunov, as though it were a bidding war. “You fold that?” said a dubious Latz, and Gamayunov referred to how he’d been under the gun, then pointed across the table at Latz.

“I look in your eyes,” he smiled, and Latz laughed, noting he must’ve given the strength of his hand away.

And that’s what happened on that hand, as far as we were able to tell. –MH

4:15pm: Players now on the rail
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

The flood of eliminations continues with the following players headed for the rail: Robert Mizrachi, Isaac Haxton, Victor Ramdin, Michael Nugent, Konstantinos Nanos, Stefan Peukert, John Theofilopoulos, Morten Halvorsen, Andreas Frohn, Rafael Da Silva, and Jorma Nuutinen. — SB

4:05pm: Dadoun downed
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

The dream is over for Morris Dadoun. The 84-year-old never managed to turn his short stack around and fell to Davidi Kitai.

Morris_Dadoun_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Morris Dadoun

He only had a few thousand left by the end and when he moved all-in from the small blind he picked up three callers. The board ran K♠7♦3♣4♠5♠ with no more chips going in until the river when Kitai led for 5,000. The other two players folded.

Dadoun: K♣7♠ for two pair.
Kitai: 5♣6♠ for a straight.

“Goodbye all.” said Dadoun. “Always on the river!” –MC

4pm: The Petrangelo-down on the latest Ramos hand
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos is sitting directly opposite Nick Petrangelo (on a table that also features Sam Chartier) and the two just tangled.

Picking up the action on a 10♦3♠7♣ flop, Ramos checked from the big blind position, and Petrangelo put in what was likely a c-bet worth 3,600. Ramos then check-raised it up to 11,000, but that didn’t shake the American. He called pretty quickly.

When the Q♠ turn came Ramos continued down aggression street with a 16,300 bet. Again, Petrangelo called quickly to see the 4♦ river. Now both checked almost instantly, and Ramos flipped his 8♠9♦ to show a busted up-and-down straight draw. Petrangelo took it down with the J♠J♣ and is up to 135,000, while Ramos dips to 90,000. –JS

3:55pm: Circumspection after the flop
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

How do you play ace-king or ace-queen in a three-bet pot when you miss the flop, turn, and river? Well, in this particular hand involving Mukul Pahuja and Justin Ouimette, the answer is very cautiously.

It was Pahuja raising to 3,500, Ouimette making it 9,100, and Pahuja calling preflop. Pahuja check-called a bet of 9,000 after the 10♦8♠10♥ flop, but neither wanted anything to do with betting after the 8♦ turn and 4♥ river.

Two pair on the board meant a chopped pot after Pahuja tabled A♠Q♠ and Ouimette A♣K♦. Somewhat fittingly, both sit with just about identical stacks of 125,000 after that skirmish. –MH

3:50pm: More eliminations
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

A long list of more eliminations: Pierre Neuville, Gleb Tremzin, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Max Lykov, Flavio Gonzalo, Chun Tat Lee, Lauren Monosson, Richard Proudfoot, Patrick Serda, Bodo Sides, James Hughes, Jhon Monroy, Pablo Fernandez, Jessica Dawley, Fabio Sousa, Fabio Pereira, Maciej Seweryn, Dmitry Ponomarev, James, Frangoulidis, Joshua Waters, Adam Grigor, Carsten Jeppesen, Bulat Bikmetov, Tom Lutz, Javier Zapatero, Edward Holyoke, Shawn Labrecque, Mamed Mamedov, Gregory Roberts, and Marco Lang. — SB

3:45pm: Dadoun down to the dangerzone
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

One of our favourites from this event, the wily old-timer Morris Dadoun, is having a hard time of it right now; although not that you’d know it. He was still all smiles when he caught this blogger taking an interest in chip stack, which currently sits at just 19,500.

He got down to that amount after losing this small pot. Nico Schwarz opened to 3,500, and it folded to Dadoun who decided to defend his big blind. The dealer spread a 6♠10♦5♥ flop which both checked, taking us the to the 5♣ turn.

At this point Dadoun shimmied like he was going to reach for betting chips, but he quickly changed his mind and checked. Schwarz then made a delayed c-bet of 3,600, and Dadoun gave it up. –JS

3:40pm: Chip leaders clash in massive pot
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

We were out doing a round of chip counts when we discovered two of the top stacks from the day had ended up at each other’s table. James Juvancic and Andrew Ryan had started Day 2 as the top two stacks in the field.

Andrew_Ryan_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Andrew Ryan

It was a sore spot for Ryan. Up until the last moments of Day 1, he felt sure he’d been the leader, only to be pipped by Juvancic at the last moment. There was no doubt a clash was coming, and boy did it.

When we arrived, the turn had come, and the board read: 9♦Q♥6♠10♦. Czeslaw Szerszen was the first to act and had led at the pot for 21,000. After one call in the middle, Juvancic put in a big raise to 81,000.

James_Juvancic_Andrew_Ryan_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17James Juvancic and Andrew Ryan

Here’s where we needed a little more information about what had happened up to this point, but from what we could glean, there had been a raise and three-bet pre-flop not no action on the flop. It looked for half a second like Juvancic’s raise might take it down.

That’s when Ryan just called the 81,000.

The raise covered Szerszen who called in between, but it got rid of the other player still in the hand.

The river brought the 2♣. Ryan was first to act.

“All-in,” he announced.

Juvancic was the only one left with any chips, and he was tortured. Here he was, the chip leader at the beginning of the day. Now, less than four hours before the start of play, he was being forced to make a decision for his tournament life.

“Do you have me covered?” he asked Ryan.

Ryan was honest. “I don’t know. You have a lot,” he said.

“Can I have an exact count?” Juvancic asked.

The number was 142,400. It was enough to take his entire stack. He simply didn’t know what to do.

Why? Well, he would later claim to have had a set, and based on the pre-flop action, he just couldn’t find a hand that would fit Ryan’s range that would beat him. Still, Juvancic just couldn’t call it off. He folded.

Turns out, Ryan’s range included that one hand: K♣J♣. So, as it happened, did Szerszen’s. He had K♥J♥.

Juvancic looked both tortured and relieved. He was down to 170,000. Meanwhile Szerszen won his portion of the pot to stack up 150,000. Ryan was mildly annoyed he had to chop it up, but he’s back on 300,000 now and looking good for the chip lead.–BW

3:35pm: Boeken breaks Peukert
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Stefan Peukert cried out from one of the tables along the wall, and after stepping over to investigate the cause of the pain was immediately clear.

Peukert was all in with 9♥9♦ and in dire straits against Noah Boeken’s J♣J♥. The flop then brought a nine, but there was a jack along with it, coming 9♠6♥J♦ to reduce Peukert’s outs to one.

The turn was the 2♦ and river the 5♣, and Peukert was sunk. Boeken is at 125,000 now. –MH

3:30pm: Good luck getting drawn at this table
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

We were feeling sorry for Dorian Rios Pavon for being stuck at the Felipe Ramos/Victor Ramdin table until his Hendon Mob profile told us he’s won nearly $1.15 million in the live poker arena. Now we feel sorry for the player that’ll take the spare seat at the table. To highlight that fact, check how much all of them have won over their careers:

Dorian Rios Pavon – $1.15m
Felipe Ramos – £1.31m
Justin Bonomo – $13.5m
Sam Chartier – $2.78m
Victor Ramdin – $4.03m
Nick Petrangelo – $5.95m
Daniel Weinman – $1.3m

A couple of hands from the table:

Ramdin opened from UTG+1 and was called by Ramos and Bonomo in the blinds. All three checked the 10♣2♣8♣ flop before Ramos led out for 3,200 on the J♣ turn. Only Ramdin called and both players checked the 4♦ river. Ramos opened 5♣4♣ for a flopped flush but Ramdin had it beat with 9♣9♦.

Ramdin raised to 4,000 the very next hand and was called by Petrangelo before Weinman squeezed all-in for 44,800. Both opponents folded. –MC

3:30pm: Kessler calls, collects
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

With around 12,000 in the middle and the board reading 3♥9♥3♣, Vanessa Selbst (big blind) checked, Dominique Moseley (under the gun) bet 4,500, and Allen Kessler (UTG+1) called. Selbst then check-raised to 12,600, forcing a fold from Moseley but Kessler stuck around with a call.

The turn was the 6♦ and both players checked. The river then brought the 4♥ and a deliberate check from Selbst, after which Kessler quickly bet 16,000. Selbst thought a short while and called, and Kessler turned over 9♠9♦ for a full house and collected the pot.

Kessler is up over 80,000 now while Selbst sits with 46,000. –MH

3:25pm: Three betting across the universe
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

With the blinds having recently increased, every pot is worth having now. During three recent reporters’ hovers, three pots featured late position raises and three-bets.

On the first, Bradley Marsh opened 3,200 and Thomas Lefort three-bet from the cutoff. Even that wasn’t enough for Stig Moen, who saw a chance to jam from the big blind for about 40,000 and won.

Then, on another table, Diego Gomez opened to 3,300 from the cutoff Alexis Gavin three-bet the button. Action folded back to Gomez who mucked.

Over the other side of the room, Lawrence Greenberg opened to 3,500 from the cutoff and Ihor Klymenko three-bet his button. But this time Greenberg called and they saw a flop. It was 9♥10♠7♥ and they both checked. The turn was the 2♥ and Greenberg’s bet of 11,500 was enough to persuade Klymenko to let it go.

That’s how you do it. — HS

3:20pm: Nick Fires Bulat
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

It was a small hand for Nick Petrangelo, but a big one for Bulat Bikmetov.

Bikmetov was all in for less than a big blind from middle position, and after Petrangelo raised behind him everyone else scattered. It was Bikmetov’s K♥7♠ versus Petrangelo’s A♠9♦, and the 3♦J♥2♦4♥Q♦ runout meant it would be the last hand Bikmetov played in the Main Event.

Petrangelo will be playing several more, though, as he has a comfortable 125,000. –MH

3:15pm: Jasons of the world unite
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Jason Koon’s table broke just after the break, sending the first big winner of this Championship over to Jason Mercier’s table.

If Koon had hoped to fly incognito for a while, the hopes were dashed when a new table-mate said, “Did you win the $100K?” Koon confirmed that yes, he did, to which his inquisitor responded with the inevitable: “How much?”

Jason_Koon_Harry_Ratchford_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Jason Koon and Harry Ratchford

Second best to flying under the radar is flying boldly in someone’s face and Koon happily said, “One point six.” (That’s million, folks.) But Koon then sent a message to Mercier when he added, “Just trying to be the fourth-best Jason.”

Mercier, presumably considered to be in the top three Jasons, laughed. Who else is there? Somerville? Les? Ah, and Jason Alexander, of course. — HS

3:10pm: Martin hits the river to survive
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Kevin Martin found a good spot to squeeze all-in, but needed lady luck to stay in the tournament.

Marcin Kreft had opened to 4,000 from UTG+1 and picked up two callers before the Team PokerStars Pro Online member moved all-in for 24,700 from the big blind. Kreft made the call and that was enough to scare off the other two players.

Martin: A♥10♣
Kreft: A♦Q♥

The board ran J♣A♣4♠2♠10♠ to make Martin two pair. –MC

3:05pm: Recent eliminations
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Bryn Kenney, David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Dvoress, Felix Bleiker, Christopher George, Sean Jazayeri, Ryan Yu, Mario Koen, Upeshka DeSilva, Sergiu Prodan, Lars Pettersson, Remon Beukema, Roman Shugaylo, Houman Baiany, and Marius Moczygemba. – SB

3pm: Back from the break
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (ante 200)

Play continues into Level 11.

2:40pm: Break time in the Main

After the first two levels of the day players are on a 20 minute break. In the meantime check out the latest selected chip counts.

2:35pm: Negreanu facing the tough and the talkative
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Daniel Negreanu makes no secret of his enjoyment of playing against tough opposition. The Team PokerStars Pro seems to relish pitting his wits against the aggressive, the sneaky, the daring…and the Russians.

All of that is packaged up in the man to his immediate left today: Maxim Lykov, who won the only EPT Main Event held in Ukraine. After a recent pot between the two, Negreanu said, “Finally you had something” hinting that the two of them may have clashed once or twice before when Lykov had less than premium holdings.

This particular pot was at the turn with about 16,000 in the middle. Negreanu was in the small blind and Lykov the big, suggesting this was a battle of the blinds that had become bloated. Negreanu checked and Lykov bet 7,500. Negreanu called.

The 10♣ completed the board and both players checked. Negreanu turned over A♥9♣ and had turned a straight. I didn’t see Lykov’s cards, but Negreanu maybe did because he said, “Aces against ace-nine,” when asked by his neighbour. Then, “Finally you had something.”

Lykov chuckled but said nothing further.

Negreanu has about 77,000 now, to Lykov’s 40,000, but they’re nowhere close to the chip lead on what is a dangerous table. Mohsin Charania, who is also a former EPT champion, has 180,000. Francois Billard has 150,000 as does Michael Vela.

Vela is about as talkative as Negreanu, which should please both of them, although his latest comment was more a lament of what might have been. In the pot following the Negreanu/Lykov hand, Vela was one of three players who went to a flop.

Vela limped from the hijack, Billard raised to 4,000 from the cutoff and Charania called in the big blind. Vela paid the extra.

The flop brought the 2♣10♣K♦ and all three players checked. Then the 6♠ came on the turn. Charania bet 7,200 and only Billard called.

The 5♦ completed the board and both players checked. Charania turned over A♦2♦ and Billard slowly began the process of checking his cards prior to mucking them.

“Don’t tell me the deuce is good,” Vela pleaded. “Don’t tell me the deuce is good. I had two threes.”

The deuce was good. Billard completed the muck.–HS

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2:30pm: Colman can’t beat a set
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Double PSC Bahamas High Roller finalist Dan Colman has dropped to 42,000 after he paid two streets to Martin Raus who had flopped a set.

Raus opened from middle position and Colman defended his big blind. The flop spread 9♦2♣10♠ and Colman check-called 3,200. Raus had another 9,600 called on the 5♦ turn before both players checked the Q♦ river. Colman was about to open his hand but Raus got there first – showing 2♦2♣ – allowing Colman to muck. –MC

2:25pm: Looking for a hero
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Ami Alibay was moved to Team PokerStars Pro Online member Jaime Staples’s table a bit earlier, and the pair have been engaged in conversation ever since.

Just now they got involved in a pot versus one another, with a “let’s do this” from Staples as the flop was being delivered suggesting some fireworks to come.

Alas the pair checked down two streets, then Alibay had to fold to a Staples river bet.

“Trying to be a hero,” said Alibay before letting his hand go, the reference being the closest thing to heroics one could witness.

That said, Alibay has been a hero otherwise today, tripling his stack up to 245,000. Staples now has 135,000. –MH

2:20pm: Short stories
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

– Daniel Negreanu has moved up to around 70,000. He led (from the small blind) for 17,500 and got Max Lykov (BB) and Michael Vela (CO) to fold. The board read Q♦Q♠10♣J♦7♠.

Daniel_Negreanu_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Moving up: Daniel Negreanu

– Aggression worked for Pratyush Buddiga to see his stack rise to 50,000. He raised to 2,500 from the cutoff before betting 3,000 on the 5♣2♥Q♦ flop and 8,000 on the 5♠ turn. He was called in two pots but both opponents were believers by the turn and folded.

– As the player with an all-in hand, you never want a sweat. Ignacio Lopera, who only bought in this morning, got his 12,600 stack in with Q♦Q♠ and was called by an opponent holding 7♦7♣. The window card was a queen and the hand was over by the turn. Nice. –MC

2:15pm: More fallers
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

More players are departing the Main Event. They include Aliaksei Boika, Andrey Zaichenko, Ramin Hajiyev, Raymond Dehkharghani, David Bernstein, Robby Westrom, Ian Modder, Anthony Newman, Allen Farris, Jonathan Borenstein, Marcin Kreft, Nabih Zaczac, Garrett Greer, and Pavel Machac. — SB

2:10pm: Chip counts
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Here are some selected chip counts from the field.

2:05pm: Ramos versus the world
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

It doesn’t get any easier on Felipe Ramos’s table. He’s looked to his left and seen Justin Bonomo and Sam Chartier all day so far, and now when he looks down the other end of the table he’ll see Nick Petrangelo as well as Victor Ramdin.

Still, Ramos has more chips than all of them and is still content to get involved. Here’s a tiny pot he won, hardly relevant in the grand scheme of things, but an excuse to please our Brazilian fans.

Felipe_Ramos_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Felipe Ramos

Ramos raised to 2,500 from the cutoff and Bonomo called on the button as well as Bulat Bikmetov in the big blind. They all checked the flop of J♣J♦Q♦ and then also checked the turn of 4♥. Then after the 9♣ came on the turn, Bikmetov checked and Ramos bet 9♣. Both opponents folded. — HS

1:55pm: Bryn can’t win
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Bryn Kenney is out, his bustout hand just now reported to us by PokerStars LIVE Media Coordinator Jan Kores.

Per Kores, Kenney was all in with a short stack behind king-six offsuit, and had the misfortune of running into two callers, one of whom had king-jack, the other pocket sixes.

Bryn_Kenney_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17No double for Bryn Kenney

How bad does Kenney run?

Kenney is just a little over half a day removed from winning the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $50,000 Single Re-Entry late last night, topping a 69-entry field to win a cool $969,075.

But Kores was quick to offer some perspective.

“Kenney’s profit is down five thousand dollars over the last 12 hours,” noted Kores. –MH

1:50pm: Fortuitous Chance
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

“Good day for you so far,” said Allen Kessler to Chance Kornuth just after the latter knocked out Christopher George.

Very fortuitous,” grinned Kornuth in response.

George had gotten the last of his stack in behind 4♥4♠ and run into Kornuth’s J♠J♦, and the better pair held to bump Kornuth up around 210,000.

It has been a good level-and-a-half for Kornuth, who started today with 62,300 after only playing the last level last night. If things remain fortuitous for him the next several days, Chance may have a chance at bettering his third-place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event two years ago. –MH

1:45pm: kroko-dill dispensed
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

It’s been a bad few minutes for people who made their names through illegal drugs. No, that’s actually not just the most tenuous link between two separate poker hands on two different tables, it’s actually a pretty excellent way of combining hand histories of big pots featuring Aaron Paul and Andrey Zaichenko, which left them short (Paul) and out (Zaichenko).

First Paul, who found widespread fame as the meth-cooking Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. He was looking at a board of 6♣4♠8♥J♣Q♣ and facing a bet of 18,000 from Jan Jacobs. Paul called for almost exactly half his stack and Jacobs tabled K♣4♣ for the flush. A dispirited Paul showed A♣J♠ for second pair and a blocker to the nuts. But it wasn’t good enough. Paul now has only 17,900.

Aaron_Paul_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Running bad?: Aaron Paul

Not far away sat Zaichenko, who is best known online as “kroko-dill”. Although that’s the Russian word for “crocodile”, it’s also the street name for desomorphine, so this is a name actually made from illegal drugs. This really is a brilliant bit of linking here. I’m impressing myself.

Anyway, Zaichenko is now out of this tournament. He raised to 2,700 from the hijack and Nadal Santiago three-bet from the button, making it 6,400 to go. Zaichenko moved all in for about 29,000 and Santiago called.

Zaichenko: J♥10♥
Santiago: A♦K♦

There was a ten on the flop, but an ace on the turn and Zaichenko didn’t recover. This blog now reverts to a drug-free zone. — HS

1:40pm: Ratchford feeling the music and the poker
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

Harry Rachford managed what his friend and colleague Kevin Hart couldn’t do – make Day 2. He’ll be motivated to do well too after one of their entourage needled him on Day 1A, saying he was just giving money away in this field. The comedian/writer/actor has been enjoying a good day, adding 40,000 to his stack worth 130,000 at last count.

He was in a pot with Houman Baiany and 13,000 chips lay in the middle by the time the board rested as 2♣J♦8♥10♣6♥. Rachford led for 7,500 from the big blind then bopped and mimed away to whatever music he was listening to, while Baiany tanked on the button. The call came and Rachford opened 9♥7♦ for a straight, prompting Baiany to muck. –MC

1:35pm: Latest eliminations
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

The latest eliminations include Elio Fox, Thomas Gabriel, Niels Dekker, Mihail Tudor, Iurii Boiko, Patrick Vos, Robert Edelstein, Luke Blindert, Sebastian Huppertz, Alejandro Martin, Jorge Ribeiro, Lucas Simonato, Farhod Turakulov, Nico Schwarz, Ricardo Ramos, Joao Alberto, and Pawel Zielony. – SB

1:30pm: Less than 300 remain
Level 10 – Blinds 600/1,200 (ante 200)

The total number of players left has dipped below 300 now, with both Agustin Williams Heresi and Jhon Rua Monroy still among them.

Heresi was all in with a short stack behind K♠K♣ versus Jan Jacobs’s A♥Q♣. “Double it,” asked Heresi of the dealer, who promptly delivered an eight-high board to do just that.

Meanwhile Monroy was at risk with A♣10♣ versus David Eldridge’s Q♠Q♥, and an ace on the turn saved him. Monroy pulled out his phone to take a picture afterwards, and surprised the table when he didn’t aim downwards but straight ahead.

He wasn’t taking a picture of the board — rather, he was snapping one of the dealer who delivered it. –MH

1:26pm: Selbst on the double
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Vanessa Selbst has some ammo to fight with now after she doubled up through Daniel Weinman.

The latter opened to 2,200 from the button and called after the Team PokerStars Pro three-bet all-in for 8,800 from the big blind.

Selbet: A♦Q♣
Weinman: 10♠9♠

The board ran 4♠A♣2♦6♣8♥ to make Selbst top pair. –MC

1:20pm: Above average table
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

The Day 2 redraw resulted in Table 38 being a bit tougher than the average table today, with no less than three participants in the $100,000 Super High Roller among the eight seated over there.

Fabrizio Gonzalez (124,000) is faring the best of that trio at the moment, although both Adrian Mateos (115,000), and Byron Kaverman (108,000) are well above the average stack at the moment (about 70,000). –MH

1:18pm: Team Pros balancing ranges
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Ordinarily, you’d say that Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu need no introduction. However, as we saw yesterday, there was at least one player in the field who had no idea who Selbst was.

Today is another day and on the basis of two recent hands, which took place simultaneously on neighbouring tables and featured both of the Team PokerStars Pros, it seems they are both in company today who do know their reputations.

That’s arguably the only way to explain how Selbst managed to value bet a pair of sixes on a board of 6♠2♦4♠4♥9♠ and get paid off–she had been in the big blind and bet 6,600 into a pot of 10,900. Scott Stewart called and mucked upon seeing Selbst’s K♠6♣.

At almost the same time, Negreanu won three pots in succession, raising from UTG+1 and under the gun and picking up blinds and antes, then calling from the big blind after a 2,100 open from the cutoff.

They saw and checked a flop of 3♣8♣K♦. Then checked a turn of A♦ and checked a river of J♠. “Three threes?” Negreanu said and showed his 3♦3♥. “I guess you didn’t have much looking at that board. Or maybe just enough that you could check back.”

So Negreanu checks three times after flopping a set and Selsbt value-bets second pair on a paired board? Consider the ranges balanced. — HS

1:15pm: Trivedi leaves himself short
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Smit Trivedi dropped down to 13,500 after he was forced to fold in a three-way hand.

He opened from early position, and was called by Gaelle Baumann (button) and Pascal Lefrancois (SB). Trivedi continued for 4,000 on a Q♥A♠6♥ flop and was called by both opponents, Lefrancois taking a long time to check-call. Baumann ducked out of the way on the 4♦ turn as Trivedi fired again, for 8,000. He only had 13,500 back and folded (while smiling) after Lefrancois check-raised him all-in.

That put the Canadian up to 130,000. Baumann dropped to 96,000. –MC

1:10pm: Avoiding the Bear trap
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

David Bernstein just entered to start Day 2, and here near the end of the day’s first level found himself battling over a pot with Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein.

The pair made it to the turn with board showing 9♥A♣2♣8♥, and after Greenstein checked Bernstein checked behind. Bernstein had been tempted to bet there, as he’d reveal once the hand was over, but resisted.

The river was the K♣, and when Greenstein tossed out a single blue 5,000 chip Bernstein called right away. Greenstein tabled 9♣9♦ for a flopped set of nines, and Bernstein mucked.

“Good check on the turn,” said Greenstein as he collected the pot, and that’s when Bernstein revealed his temptation.

Bernstein remains at the 30,000-chip starting stack while Greenstein is playing 82,000. –MH

1:07pm: Recent eliminations
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Four more players have made their way to the rail. Sergi Escote is joined by Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Steve O’Dwyer, and Eddy Sabat. – SB

1:05pm: A.A. stopped by A-A
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari’s PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event run is over.

The Brazilian started the day on the short side with just 23,700, his end coming abruptly here in the day’s first level after running into an opponent’s A♥A♦. –MH

1:01pm: Sabat swatted down
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

After Nicola Basile opened for 2,200, Eddy Sabat reraised all in for 7,300 and when it folded back to Basile he called.

“I don’t have much,” said Sabat as he opened 6♦6♠. “I don’t either,” said Basile while showing A♠2♠.

Basile’s not-so-much proved better in the end after a completed board of A♣J♦K♠4♠7♥, and Sabat wished the table well before departing.

A late entry here at the start of Day 2, Basile is already up to 65,000. –MH

1pm: More eliminations
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

More players have departed the Main Event: Mark Dietrich, Matthew Dietrich, Steven Mesrop, Kerry Shears, Team Pro Andre Akkari, Jeffrey Smith, Michael Rocco, Bill Perkins, Koray Aldemir, Andrew Barton, Dave Desanghere, Derek Scheinman, and Nathan Randall Hall. – SB

12:57pm: Kanitting it up
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Arriving sometime after the preflop battling between Kliment Tarmakov and Mustapha Kanit had already been engaged, Kanit was sitting with a total of 6,600 worth of bets in front of his seat in the hijack and contemplating what to do after Tarmakov had pushed for 33,000 total from the small blind.

The mustachioed one thought for a short while before choosing the nittier of his options and folding. He preserves his 78,000 while Tarmakov now bumps up close to 45,000. –MH

12:55pm: Aaron Paul survives Vogelsang, doubles
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Christoph Vogelsang opened for a raise and got calls in two places, one of which belonged to Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. After a flop of 10♦5♦A♣, Vogelsang checked, and Paul came out betting to 2,600. The player in the middle folded, but Vogelsang came along for the ride.

Christoph_Vogelsang_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Christoph Vogelsang alongside Aaron Paul

The turn brought the 6♣. Vogelsang checked once again, opening the door to a 5,000 bet from Paul. Once again, Vogelsang called. The dealer pulled off the K♣ on the river. Vogelsang checked a third time. Paul saw no other option but to put in his last 20,300.

Just about that time, the TV crew showed up with their cameras and microphones.

“All the cameras,” Vogelsang said. “I shouldn’t make a bad play now.”

Vogelsang, as is his wont, went in the tank, after a minute remarking, “Without the cameras, I would have already called.”

After another minute passed, someone called the clock and Vogelsang had a minute left to act. He waited until he had less than ten seconds left before making the call.

Paul quick turned over A♥K♦ for two pair. Vogelsang briefly flashed A♠8♣ before turning his cards facedown. Paul is now back up to around 70,000. Vogelsang has about 90,000. –BW

12:52pm: Bonomo sucks out on Chartier in cooler
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

It doesn’t matter how tough your opponents are, aces versus kings becomes about the cards and not the players.

Justin Bonomo opened to 2,500 from middle position before Sam Chartier three-bet to 6,800 from the next seat. Bonomo came back with a four-bet to 18,500 and snap-called all-in for 62,600 after Chartier jammed.

Bonomo: K♦K♣
Chartier: A♥A♦

The board ran K♥6♦8♣5♦10♥ to make Bonomo top set. Chartier took the beat well and dropped to 60,000. –MC

12:50pm: Twitchers showdown
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Did you feel it? Did you sense the disturbance in the Twitch-osphere?

For the opening 30 minutes of today’s action, the PokerStars Team Pro Online duo of Jaime Staples and Kevin Martin were seated alongside one another, a table draw that would have garnered about 3.87 billion Twitch viewers had someone figure out a way to bring two desktop computers wired with streaming capacity to the Imperial Ballroom.

But they didn’t. And their table has now broken so that’s the end of that.

However, Staples won the final pot they played on that table, calling a bet of 2,000 on the river with the board reading 8♠9♥2♥J♠6♦. Staples showed J♥K♥ and that beat his opponent’s 10♣9♣.

“Very impressive, Mr Staples,” Martin said.

“I don’t know what to say,” Staples said back, surely for the first time in his life. “It’s been a pleasure, Kevin,” he added, shaking hands.

“It’s been fun,” Martin said.

Kevin_Martin_Jamie_Staples_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Kevin Martin and Jaime Staples

They noticed the television cameras that had appeared to witness this touching moment. “Are we on?” Staples said. The producer told him that they would be.

“I won a pot, just for the record, off Kevin,” Staples said.

Pictures or it didn’t happen, Jaime. You of all people should know that. — HS

12:45pm: The order of things
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Plotting is important when creating a compelling, suspense-filled narrative, as demonstrated just now in another early afternoon all-in confrontation.

Likith Govindaiah was all in and at risk with K♦K♣ versus Elio Fox’s A♣Q♥, and survived the ordeal after the board came 5♠K♥6♦, then J♣, then A♥. That set on the flop made things fairly ho-hum thereafter, even with the gutshot draw for Fox following the turn.

Jason Koon then playfully swapped the ace and king on the board.

“Let’s reverse the order… make it a little more fun,” he said and the table chuckled.

Govindaiah was glad to do without the extra drama, and he survives with 36,000 while Fox is down to 8,500. –MH

12:40pm: Recent eliminations
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

The following players have now busted the Main Event: Keven Stammen, Laurie Tournier, Tyler Hancock, Jake Cody, Denis Sisanbaev, Semin Topalovic, Jan Rusnak, Joseph VanPinxteren, Ayan Kuchukov, Nicholas Palma, and Miliam Tafaj.

12:35pm: Neuville taunts Perkins
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Bill Perkins, John Dibella and Pierre Neuville had built a pot of 19,500 pre-flop with Perkins in the big blind and Dibella and Neuville in early position. Perkins only joined this event this morning and has 23,500 of his 30,000 starting stack still left.

The flop was the J♦2♣K♦ and Perkins checked. Dibella checked too and Neuville moved all-in for 25,900. That covered Perkins, but was about half of what Dibella had.

Perkins seemed very interested in a call. Very interested indeed. But faced with the prospect of playing a 20-minute long Main Event if he called here and lost, he eventually let his hand go. Dibella also quickly folded.

Neuville had another look at his hand and opted to show his opponents one card. It was the Q♥. He’s a sly old fox is Pierre Neuville. — HS

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12:30pm: Not playing favorites
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

After an Ami Alibay open, it folded to Sean Jazayeri in the cutoff who reraise-pushed his 22,000 or so, prompting a short think and fold from Chris Moneymaker on the button.

The blinds got out and Alibay considered.

“This is my favorite hand… other than aces,” he explained before finally folding while showing his Q♥10♥.

“I thought you said queen-seven was your favorite hand,” said Jazayeri.

“That’s my favorite special hand,” said Alibay by way of non-exactly-clarifying clarification.

Meanwhile Moneymaker revealed he’d folded ace-queen, which I think we all can agree is nobody’s favorite hand. Or favorite special hand, either. –MH

12:25pm: Ramdin all-in at tough table
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Victor Ramdin has been drawn at a tough table today, but has already made great progress, moving up to 45,000 from a 13,500 starting point. You’ll also find another PokerStars Team Pro there in the shape of Felipe Ramos, along with Justin Bonomo and Sam Chartier.

Ramdin raised from the button and bet a 3♥J♦K♦ flop. Dorian Rios Pavon defended his big blind and check-raised the flop. Ramdin called and both players checked the 10♠ turn before Pavon led for 9,000 on the 7♦ river. Ramdin shoved for a few thousand more and Pavon snap-folded. –MC

12:20pm: A double for Moreira de Melo. It’s enough to make you cry
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

Fatima Moreira de Melo was one of several Red Spades who took part in a “Breakfast with the Pros” discussion in the Imperial Ballroom this morning. Rumour has it, she cried.

But there’s no weeping for the PokerStars SportStar in the opening level of the day today. Far from it. Despite still wearing the microphone from the chat this morning–and with a member of the TV crew hovering behind her to take it off–she has scored an early double up through Steven Kerr.

Fatima_Moreira_De_Melo_PCB2017_MED2_10JAN17Fatima Moreira de Melo

There was 6,600 in the pot pre-flop with Moreira de Melo likely having raised from under the gun and Kerr calling on the button. The flop brought the Q♣9♠6♣ and Moreira de Melo bet 3,100.

Kerr made all the moves of a man about to call, but then raised to 7,000. Moreira de Melo made all the moves of a woman about to call, but then three-bet to 18,100. She had only about 24,000 behind.

Kerr called, which took them to the 10♥ on the turn. Moreira de Melo now moved all-in, for what was quickly determined to be 23,500. Kerr called.

Moreira de Melo turned over K♣J♣. She hit one of her numerous outs on the turn to beat Kerr’s K♦Q♠. The 8♦ on the river was a blank.

That puts Moreira de Melo up to around 80,000. Time to turn off the waterworks. — HS

12:15pm: Koon keeps his seat
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

With the board showing 9♦J♠2♣10♥4♦ and about 13,000 in the middle, Jason Koon put his entire stack at risk — a little less than what was in the middle — and Harry Ratchford thought long and hard about it, looking as though he really wanted to take a shot at eliminated Koon.

Ratchford had to let his hand go, however, meaning the winner of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller continues to keep his seat. Koon has about 25,000 now, while Ratchford is at 75,000. –MH

12:10pm: The busts begin
Level 9 – Blinds 500/1,000 (ante 100)

With today’s late entries, the total field will be a bit over 700 players, and just about half of them are still in the hunt to start today’s Day 2.

That percentage is already starting to go down with the early busts during today’s initial hands.

Sean Posner came back to what was actually the shortest stack in the entire room with just 4,800 to start, and in one hand he’s already been eliminated.

Picking up 10♥10♦ on the first hand and going up against Anthony Newman’s A♣8♣, a board of A♥9♥9♠7♣4♠ gave Newman aces and game Posner freedom to do something else today. Newman meanwhile is still short himself with less than 20,000. –MH

12:03pm: New entries

As we ready ourselves for Day 2, here are the people who are entering for the first time just short of Day 2. –BW

Nicola Basile
Semin Topalovic
Nicolas Rochette
David Bernstein
Ignacio Lopera
Bill Perkins
Daniel Dvoress
Steven Mesrop
Maciej Seweryn
Jeffrey Cormier

11:30am: Welcome back to the Imperial Ballroom

Good morning all and welcome back to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Boy, paradise is tiring. After the two opening flights — each eight 75-minute levels — the field now combines into one. There will be 350 survivors coming back, plus however many players choose to register just before the start of play today, and we’ll tear through six 75-minute levels.

We have young and old, famous and as yet unheralded. This is the democracy of the poker tournament. We’ll follow them all here from start to finish.

It’s also the first day of the week that the webcast will be switched on. You can watch along with James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and Matt Broughton. They only have one table under their cameras’ gaze, however. We have all the rest.

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Take a look at the official website of PokerStars LIVE, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for the PokerStars Championship Bahamas and all other Festival and Championship events.

Also all the information is on the PokerStars LIVE App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the $5K Main Event: Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Martin Harris, Jack Stanton, Howard Swains and Brad Willis. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


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