2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas

$5,000 Main Event
Dias: 5

2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event Day 5: Mercier, Dibella and Riess All Eye Final Table of Six

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

The PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event began with 738 players, but today just 16 will return to action. They're all guaranteed $24,640 in prize money, but each have their eyes set on making the final table to stay in contention for the $480,012 first-place prize.

The man best positioned to make a run at it is Canada's Michael Gentili holds the chip lead with 3,708,000, which is over 150 big blinds. Gentili has $666,302 in live tournament earning, of which $494,797 came when he finished runner-up this past summer in the 2016 World Series of Poker Event 59: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

Gentili holds a healthy lead as his next closest competitor is Russia’s Aleksei Opalikhin, who sits with 2.084 million. Others returning to action are former PokerStars Big Game “Loose Cannon” Nadya Magnus (1.87 million), 2016 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Cliff Josephy (1.331 million), poker pro Christian Harder (1.305 million), 2012 PCA champ John Dibella (1.294 million), 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (371,000), and the short-stacked PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier (340,000).

Day 5 kicks off at Noon local time with action picking up in Level 23. Here's how things stack up:

TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Marcin KapkowskiPoland950,00040
12Michael BartholomewCanada877,00037
13Rodrigo CordobaArgentina1,777,00074
14Christian HarderUSA1,305,00054
15John DibellaUSA1,294,00054
16Jason MercierUSA340,00014
17Michael GentiliCanada3,708,000155
18Cliff JosephyUSA1,331,00055
21Pedro CabecaPortugal540,00023
22Aleksei OpalikhinRussia2,084,00086
23Nadya MagnusUSA1,870,00078
24Michael VelaUSA1,811,00075
25Ryan RiessUSA371,00015
26Allon AllisonCanada1,015,00042
27Alan ScheinUSA635,00026
28Rasmus GlæselDenmark1,319,00055