2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas

$5,000 Main Event
Dias: 2

Nick Maimone Leads the Field Into Day 3

Nick Maimone
Nick Maimone

The 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event closed registration at the start of Day 2. The event attracted a total of 738 players with 699 of those registering on Day 1a and 1b and the remainder coming in before the start of play on Day 2. 28 players who won a ticket via a Spin & Go never showed up to play, but their buy-ins were added to the prize pool. With a total prize pool of $3,376,712, first place is paying $480,012 and a min cash is worth $7,260.

Aaron Paul headlined Day 1b and most of Day 2. He was, however, unable to find a bag at the end of the six levels. The Breaking Bad star was short and eventually got his remaining chips in the middle with ace-nine. Daniel Colman called with queen-ten and Paul was immediately on his feet to sweat the result of the hand. The flop and turn ran out an ace, king and two jacks; giving Colman the nut straight but Paul was live if he managed to find a way to make a full house on the river. The deuce was a brick, though, and Paul was sent to the rail with only nine spots to go until the bubble would burst.

Play ended at the end of Level 14, shortly after Noah Boeken was eliminated by Tom Janssens on the bubble. Janssens raised the cutoff and Boeken, a former EPT Copenhagen champion and Master Classics of Poker winner, jammed his remaining 15,800 all in from the big blind. Janssens called and tabled ace-five, while Boeken had the dominating pocket tens. Janssens smashed the river to make a straight, sending Boeken home in 144th place on the stone bubble.

Nick Maimone bagged the most chips at the end of the day with 689,000, with Daniel Colman close behind with 620,000. Maimone is no stranger to The Bahamas as he took second in a $5,000 event in 2015 and took down the $25,000 High Roller last year for just shy of a million dollars. Even though Maimone has just under two million in live recorded cashes, he has only a single recorded win. He'll look to book his second one later this week.

Other notable players to find a bag tonight include Pascal Lefrancois (484,500), Mike McDonald (436,000), Sylvain Loosli (374,000), Cliff Josephy (242,500), Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (281,000) and Barry Greenstein (95,000) and Team Online's Jaime Staples (211,500).

Familiar faces who made it to Day 2 but did not move on include William Kassouf, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Maria Ho, Mustafa Kanit, Jason Koon and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu and Victor Ramdin.

Day 3 fires up tomorrow at noon with 125 players returning to play another six levels on the road to crowning a winner in the first-ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Blinds will start at 2,000/4,000 when the players return. Stay with us here at PokerNews for more live coverage!

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Dorian Rios PavonVenezuela52,000
12Nacho BarberoArgentina77,500
13Will FaillaUnited States39,500
14Donys Ivan Agnelli RojasVenezuela175,000
15Jacques Der MegreditchianFrance84,000
16Thomas Bo MarkussenDenmark29,500
17Axat Tulsidas MawjiUnited Kingdom169,500
18Michael VelaUnited States440,500
21Dan HøidahlNorway33,500
22Bradley SniderUnited States29,000
23Allon AllisonCanada252,000
24Paul KnebelGermany31,000
25Scott StewartUnited States115,500
26Harrison GimbelUnited States204,000
27Sam ChartierCanada157,000
28Mike McDonaldCanada436,000
31Michael ZuckermanUnited States77,000
32Smit TrivediUnited Kingdom149,000
33Luke HawardUnited Kingdom8,000
34Arnaud MatternFrance27,500
35Valentin MessinaFrance302,500
36Thomas MuehlemannSwitzerland93,500
37Byron KavermanUnited States286,000
38Hendrik LatzGermany317,500
41Pascal LefrancoisCanada184,500
42Esther TaylorUnited States35,000
43Pablo MarizCanada41,000
44Kevin AndriamahefaCanada173,500
45Myung ShinUnited States204,000
46Stein Vegar RødsethNorway99,500
47Rasmus GlæselNorway322,000
48Nick MaimoneUnited States689,000
51Francois BillardCanada20,000
52Bradley MarshCanada126,500
53Fabio FreitasBrazil149,000
54Raul MartinezSpain186,000
55Pedro Baptista Martinho CabecaPortugal428,500
56Francisco BenitezUruguay188,500
57Benjamin PhilippsUnited Kingdom250,500
58Jeremey GraysonCanada50,000
61Czeslaw SzerszenUnited States145,500
62Murad AkhundovAzerbaijan224,500
63Michael BartholomewCanada46,500
64Yakov OnuchinRussia244,500
65Jason MercierUnited States281,500
66Brian EnglandUnited States72,500
67Robert ZipfGermany51,000
68Ronan GoreyIreland202,500
71Likith GovindaiahUnited States100,000
72Ramiro PetroneArgentina265,000
73Davidi KitaiBelgium44,000
74Diego GomezSpain152,500
75Bernard LeeUnited States35,500
76Tom JanssensBelgium229,500
77Steven KerrCanada22,000
78Erling VojeNorway49,500
81Mariano MartiradonnaItaly108,000
82Nenad MedicCanada97,500
84Massimo De MarioItaly128,000
85Benjamin Wittams-SmithUnited Kingdom25,000
86James MartynCanada210,000
87Kliment TarmakovCanada140,500
88James TianUnited States147,500
91Harry RatchfordUnited States22,000
92Jorge De Oliveira LopezPortugal90,000
93Nick MossaCanada62,500
94Chance KornuthUnited States97,500
95Ami AlibayCanada300,500
96Rex ClinkscalesUnited States428,500
97Marcin KapkowskiPoland274,000
98Aleksei OpalikhinRussia387,500
101Lucian VoigtGermany167,500
102Allen KesslerUnited States152,500
103Michael GentiliCanada190,000
104Nadezhda MagnusUnited States200,500
106John EngledowUnited Kingdom136,500
107Christian HarderUnited States232,000
108Jan KralikCzech Republic203,500
111Gaelle BaumannFrance217,500
113Erick Brenes CuadraCosta Rica68,000
114Eric SemelUnited States43,000
115Barry GreensteinUnited States95,000
116Florian HaiducRomania250,000
117Mikko TurtiainenFinland160,000
118Matthew WantmanUnited States92,000
121Gautam LillaneyJamaica155,000
122Marius CazacuRomania145,000
123Adrian MateosSpain204,500
124Paul FisherUnited States32,500
125Damien SteelCanada257,000
126Stig MoenNorway205,000
127Vincent MoscatiUnited States17,500
128Mattias PrioloSweden274,000
131John DibellaUnited States80,000
132Jackduyph DuongUnited States142,000
133Kyle ZechnerCanada113,500
134James JuvancicUnited States431,500
135Dan ColmanUnited States620,000
136Martin RausCanada19,500
137Patrick StaceyCayman Islands111,500
138Justin OuimetteCanada133,500
141Joaquin WalterUruguay125,000
142Sylvain LoosliFrance374,000
143Andrew RyanUnited States307,500
144Richard SeymourUnited States110,000
145Daniel WeinmanUnited States167,000
146Erik LemarquandCanada49,000
147Tony TranUnited States298,000
148Lucas GreenwoodCanada173,000
151Andjelko AndrejevicUnited States103,500
152Ryan RiessUnited States249,500
153Jaime StaplesCanada211,500
154Benoit GallandCanada39,000
155Cliff JosephyUnited States242,500
156Shawn BuchananCanada286,500
157Alan ScheinUnited States112,500
158Willliam Batista ArrudaBrazil360,000
161Stanislav MiroshkinRussia44,000
162Pedro Da Cunha Cavalieri DoroBrazil61,500
163Rodrigo CordobaArgentina364,500
164Michael ScarboroughUnited States108,000
165Michael BillsUnited States162,500
166Paul EphremsenUnited Kingdom182,500
167Pratyush BuddigaUnited States177,500
168Benjamin ZamaniUnited States81,000

Tags: Aaron PaulBarry GreensteinCliff JosephyDaniel ColmanDaniel NegreanuJaime StaplesJason KoonJason MercierMarc LadouceurMaria HoMike McDonaldMustapha KanitNick MaimoneNoah BoekenPascal LeFrancoisSylvain LoosliVanessa SelbstVictor RamdinWilliam Kassouf