Dia 1 Terminado
Dia 1 Terminado
An action-packed Day 1 at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party Festival has come to an end. The $10,300 MILLIONS High Roller has reached its conclusion with no shortage of notable names moving on to Day 2. Francois Billard managed to bag the largest stack when all was said and done, nearly reaching the 4 million chip mark.
Billard will return with 3,899,000 tomorrow and will start the day as the chip leader. Throughout the day, Billard held on to an average stack until he got involved in a massive pot with Sam Trickett. Trickett flopped a full house on the flop with pocket fives, but Billard rivered a larger full house, holding . That pot vaulted Billard over the 3 million chip mark and he continued to roll through the last level of play.
To date, Billard has over $1.5 million in career tournament earnings with his largest cash coming back in 2014 when the EPT stopped in Prague. Earlier this year, he finished second in another $10,300 event in Barcelona for $297,911. Billard will be looking to move up one more place to reach the top of the podium here in Punta Cana.
There were only two other players to bag a stack over 3 million at day's end and they were fellow Canadian, Daniel Dvoress (3,496,000), and Michael Watson (3,076,000). Other notables to find a bag include Mustapha Kanit (2,779,000), Sergio Aido (2,224,000), Rainer Kempe (2,141,000), Ryan Riess (1,158,000), and partypoker ambassador Kristen Bicknell (553,000).
It wasn't all smiles for everyone as Tom Marchese, Niall Farrell, and Steve O'Dwyer all fell short on two bullets fired today. Matt Kirk was the first elimination of the day, lasting less than an hour when he flopped a set but ran into a bigger set of Sean Winter. On the other hand, Bryn Kenney busted in the last few hands of the night but will surely be back tomorrow to try his luck again.
With a total of 67 entries on the day, the tournament will need to attract at least 33 more in order to reach the $1,000,000 guaranteed prizepool. Late registration will remain open for 4 more levels on Day 2, and there are still unlimited re-entries. Of those 67 entries today, 43 will be returning tomorrow for another eight levels of play starting at 12:00 P.M. local time.
Day 2 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|12||4||Seth Davies||United States||747,000||31|
|12||8||Jake Schindler||United States||1,885,000||79|
|13||1||Martyn Frey||United Kingdom||2,874,000||120|
|13||4||Sean Winter||United States||1,387,000||58|
|13||6||Barry Hutter||United States||2,202,000||92|
|14||8||Dmitry Makarov||Russian Federation||2,550,000||106|
|15||1||Jonathan Little||United States||702,000||29|
|15||4||Carlos Chadha||United States||403,000||17|
|15||6||Gal Yifrach||United States||2,310,000||96|
|15||7||Chris Hunichen||United States||772,000||32|
|16||4||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||478,000||20|
|16||5||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||1,709,000||71|
|17||7||Pablo Joaquin Melogno Cabrera||Uruguay||713,000||30|
|18||1||David Peters||United States||924,000||39|
|19||2||Ryan Riess||United States||1,158,000||48|
|19||6||Michael Zhang||United Kingdom||1,690,000||70|
Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the updates from the event.
|Benjamin Pollak||partypoker Sponsored Pro||1,832,000||-218,000|
The remaining 43 players have bagged and tagged for the day and will return tomorrow at 12:00 P.M. local time. A full recap and chip counts will be posted shortly.
The action was folded around to Steffen Sontheimer in the small blind who limped in. Daniel Dvoress was in the big blind and raised to 60,000, only to have Sontheimer push all in for just over 400,000. The two players laughed and Dvoress made the call.
The board ran out and Sontheimer's ace-high held on despite Dvoress picking up a straight and flush draw on the turn.
The board read with a little over 300,000 in the pot already. Sam Trickett checked from under the gun to Francois Billard in the hijack. Billard bet 100,000 and Trickett check-raised to 410,000. Billard made the call and they were off to the river.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Trickett shipped all in. Billard snapped him off and Trickett tabled for a full house. Billard rolled over for a bigger full house on the river. The chips were counted and Billard had 1.05 million, leaving Trickett with just over ten big blinds.
Trickett stood up from his seat and shouted throughout the room, "Drinks!" With only 30 minutes left to play on Day 1, most of the players have a drink in their hand, gearing up for the Punta Cana nightlife.
Four players went to the flop of and an all-out raising war ensued. The action was checked to Mustapha Kanit in middle position who bet 65,000. Benjamin Pollak called on the button and Kristen Bicknell check-raised to 215,000. The big blind folded and Kanit re-raised to 550,000. Pollak pushed all in for 632,000 and both Bicknell and Kanit called.
The main pot had just over 2.0 million chips in the middle with action pending on the side pot. The paired the board on the turn and both Bicknell and Kanit checked. The on the river double-paired the board and both players checked again. All three hands had to be shown and Pollak was the first to turn his over. He showed for a straight and Bicknell held for a missed flush draw. Kanit finally turned over and Pollak's straight held up to earn him the pot.
|Benjamin Pollak||partypoker Sponsored Pro||2,050,000||1,565,000|
|Kristen Bicknell||partypoker Ambassador||850,000||-1,010,000|
Sean Winter raised to 38,000 from the cutoff and Stefan Schillhabel called from the button. The flop came and Winter led out for 42,000. Schillhabel made the call and the paired the board on the turn.
Winter fired again for 200,000 and Schillhabel still called. The river was the and Winter bet for the third time. He reached back for 520,000 and Schillhabel was put to the test. He counted out his chips, which was around 840,000, and then shoved all in. Winter let out a big huff and put his hand behind his head. For only 300,000 chips more, Winter folded and Schillhabel scooped a big pot.
The board read and Martyn Frey checked from the cutoff. Niall Farrell was on the button and bet 250,000 into a pot of around 300,000 already. Frey made the call and the completed the board.
Frey checked again and Farrell pushed all in. Frey instantly called and turned over for quad tens. Farrell reluctantly had to show his cards as it was an all in and showed . The stacks were counted and Frey had Farrell covered, eliminating him for the second time today.