Dia 2b Terminado
Dia 2b Terminado
Senthuran Vijayaratnam just has to hope he has saved up some of his run good in the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $5,300 Main Event for something beyond a Day 2.
A day after he put in a great showing in Day 2a at Baha Mar Resort, bagging north of 16 million for a top-five stack, Vijayaratnam one-upped himself on Day 2b. Knowing he needed to play some high-variance poker and push any edge he could find since only his best stack would play on Day 3, Vijayaratnam steamrolled the competition en route to bagging 29,060,000.
That count puts him about 10 million clear of everyone else, a huge number with blinds set to head to 60,000/120,000/120,000.
The player on Day 2b who got closest to Vijayaratnam — close being a relative term in this case — was none other than super high roller veteran and partypoker pro Jason Koon. He put 19,685,000 in the bag. The run came at remarkable speed considering Koon was grinding a short stack for several hours leading up to the final stages. Then, his stack didn't just double but multiplied every time the PokerNews team took note of it.
"I register late, I make some hands," Koon said with a smile.
While bagging such a massive stack won't quite take the sting out of missing the money in the $250,000 Super High Roller Championship, winning this for $1.5 million* would surely make him forget all about it and he's put himself in about as good a position as he could hope for thus far.
Several other notables bagged eight figures, including Sam Panzica (14,535,000), Paul Tedeschi (14,035,000), Daniel Strelitz (13,310,000), Marc MacDonnell (12,500,000) and Adam Owen (12,325,000).
The most notable tournament milestone of the event thus far hit on Day 2b as registration finally ended after three starting flights and two late-registration periods on Day 2s. While the event did come up short of the $10 million guarantee with 1,815 total entries, it didn't miss by the massive number many expected, overlaying by a little under $1 million.
A total of 123 players advanced from Day 2b, and they'll join the 170 who bagged Day 2a for a field of 291 (two players bagged twice), as everyone will finally be playing in the same room for the first time. Most of those players will receive a payout as 223* are scheduled to make the money.
Come back to PokerNews at noon on Thursday for continued coverage of this tournament as the money bubble bursts and the latter stages of the event commence.
*An earlier version of this incorrectly stated 239 would be paid and $1.4 million was for first
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||19,865,000||1,865,000|
Nadya Magnus had a bet of 3 million in front of her, roughly the size of the pot, on the button with on the felt. Alex Foxen was deep in the tank, and Matt Stout expressed his annoyance with the length of the hand after some time.
"A poker hand should not take eight minutes," he said.
"It's a big bet," Chris Hunichen offered. "Big pot."
"You can call clock," Kenny Nguyen said. "Should we call clock, Alex?"
Foxen just kept thinking silently for a couple of minutes until the clock was called. Eventually he folded.
Players will be bagging after four more hands.
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||18,000,000||13,000,000|
Senthuran Vijayaratnam raised on the button and called a three-bet to 910,000 from big blind Tom Hall. On the flop. Hall checked it over to Vijayaratnam, who jammed for about 7 million effective. Hall immediately folded.
At another table, Erik Seidel got his last 1.4 million in from the big blind over a button open. The opener immediately called with and Seidel needed to catch with . Catch he did as the flop came ace-high and the board ran out clean for the legend.
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||5,000,000||2,650,000|
After a raise to 180,000 and a call, Anthony Spinella jammed from the big blind for about 1.6 million. The opener thought awhile and then stuck in a call and the third player mucked.
The board ran out and Spinella collected a double.
"We're back," he announced.
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||2,350,000||-200,000|
|Jason Koon||partypoker Ambassador||2,550,000||1,700,000|
Rich Alsup got his last 1.5 million in preflop with but was way behind the of an opponent. The flop was a good one for him but no further help emerged.
At another table, Aram Zobian limped in the cutoff and Leon Tsoukernik made it 200,000 on the button. Zobian popped it to 400,000 and Tsoukernik quickly called with about 650,000 back. That went in after Zobian checked the flop and Zobian quickly called with . Tsoukernik had and failed to improve on the turn and river.
At that same table, Allen Kessler also went bust, tweeting that he'd lost his remaining chips to Jeremy Ausmus with kings against queens.