Dia 1a Terminado
Dia 1a Terminado
The first of two starting days of the $1,100 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure National saw one man claiming the spotlights: Uri Reichenstein. The German, who finished runner-up to Sebastien Malec in the EPT13 Barcelona Main Event, went on a tear and amassed 642,000 when the dust had settled, quite ahead of his nearest challengers Eric Baldwin (470,000) and Lawrence Bayley (416,000) who rounded out the top three.
One of the key hands to Reichenstein's sizable lead came late in the night. While already holding the chip lead at that point, Reichenstein distanced himself from the pack by winning a big flip against Sergi Reixach. After a raise from Florian Duta on the button, the Spaniard three-bet from the small blind with ace-queen. Reichenstein four-bet shoved pocket sixes from the big blind, putting both opponents to the test, and Reixach called it off to create a near 100 big blind pot. The sixes held up to make Reichenstein the only player to cross the half million mark.
A total of 516 entries were made on Day 1, 77 of them survived, scored a Bahama flag and will return for Day 2. Behind Reichenstein, Baldwin, and Bayley, Antoine Saout (322,000), Dragos Trofimov (309,000), Calvin Anderson (297,000), Xixiang Luo (297,000), Pierre Calamusa (250,000), and Matas Cimbolas (240,000) also had strong showings and booked themselves a spot at the top of the counts.
Day 1a was scheduled to play until the bubble would burst, and eventually, three players ended up busting in the same hand while being two off the money. Daniel Strelitz, David Korn, and Vicent Bosca all chopped the min-cash, although exact amount will be decided once Day 1b has concluded and the total prize pool has been announced.
Other players that failed to make the money included defending champion Maria Konnikova, who busted out in level 14 and went to try her luck in Day 1b. Niall Farrell, Chris Moorman, Steven van Zadelhoff, Jack Sinclair, Randy Lew, Celina Lin, Sam Grafton, and Manig Loeser also bowed out during the first starting flight.
All survivors from Day 1a and 1b will return on Friday, January 11 at noon local time. Levels will be extended and play is scheduled to continue until a winner has been crowned, which promises a long day. PokerNews will be right back on the floor to cover all the action as the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure reaches the halfway point.
|Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira||336,000||336,000|
|Carlos Garcia Sarmiento||211,000||151,000|
|Victor Zabukas Begara||182,000||182,000|
|Diego Palma Valencia||162,000||162,000|
Shortly into level 17, the bubble burst on Day 1a of the $1,100 PCA National in a hand that had three players bust to bring all remaining players into the money.
Vicent Bosca was first to bust in an unknown showdown, followed by Daniel Strelitz. Strelitz was at risk after calling off a shove in the big blind from Lawrence Bayley, who had him covered on the button. Strelitz was all in for around 120,000.
The spectators, including Chris Moorman, gathered to see the flop fall. The "ooh's" and "aah's" swelled on the turn, but the river did Strelitz in and he was gone.
At another table, David Korn was forced all in from the big blind. Pierre Calamusa raised it up with the and Korn held , or "jacko-queeno" as announced by floorman Shawn.
There was no "jacko" nor a "queeno" on a board and Korn also missed out on Day 2. Bosca, Korn, and Strelitz will chop the min-cash that will be decided as soon as the total prize pool has been announced.
The remaining 77 players bagged for the night and will be in the money when play resumes on Friday. An end-of-day recap follows later.
The remaining 80 players are on a 15-minute break.
With hand-for-hand already installed three before the money, play has slowed down to a crawl as a result. After several long-dragging hands with no all-in-and-a-call, it was Jack Sinclair who open-shoved for 115,000 in the small blind. Jeffrey Blenkarn instantly called from the big blind.
Sinclair remained behind on a and was out of chips.
"Well, guess I can still enter 1b," he chuckled.
Brian Altman was preflop all in against Harpreet Padda and had him slightly covered.
The board didn't bring any help to Altman and after counting out 74,500 he was left with a mere two big blinds.
Three more players need to go before the money is reached.