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Jiachen Gong Rides Late Double to Day 1b Lead

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Jiachen Gong
Jiachen Gong

Day 1b of PokerStars Championship Panama $5,300 Main Event saw a strong turnout of 259 players show up at Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino to push the two-day total to 362 runners.

In a fitting end to a day that saw a number of Canadians take turns near the top of the chip counts, Jiachen Gong ended up with the chip lead when he bagged 154,300, putting him barely ahead of American pro Caufman Talley (150,300).

PositionPlayerChip Count
1Jiachen Gong154,300
2Caufman Talley150,300
3Kamal Bittar146,700
4Pablo Fernandez133,700
5Sergey Lebedev132,600

Gong played a massive pot at the end of the night, just after the six-hand countdown was announced. Fellow Canadian Patrick Serda, who spent a good portion of the day as one of the leaders, had what looked like a reraise to 6,000 in front of him in the hijack at 400/800. Gong had the button and put in another raise to 13,800. Serda called, and a king-high flop hit the felt.

Serda check-called a bet, check-called another bet on the turn, and checked when another king fell on the river. Gong moved all in for 40,000 into a pot of about 75,000, and Serda quickly called with king-jack. However, Gong held ace-king for a superior kicker with trips, and he dragged a huge pot to barely finish as the chip leader.

Caufmann Talley, meanwhile, doubled up early when he won a pot worth over 50,000, getting aces in on a seven-high flop against a player who held queens. He then hit a couple of boats and had opposing players build pots for him, helping him on the way to his second-place finish for the day.

Some other players who made it through included Sergey Lebedev (132,600), Mark Radoja (107,000), Jason Wheeler (105,8000, Ari Engel (70,000), Michael Rocco (57,300), Ben Heath (43,100) and Team PokerStars Pro players Jake Cody (36,100) and PokerStars Team Online Jaime Staples (4,700).

Dzmitry Urbanovich, Pratyush Buddiga, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Fabrizio Gonzalez and PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos were among those eliminated during the course of play.

Ramos got tens in on an all-baby board against the queens of Luc Greenwood, who bagged 56,700.

There were 127 players in total making it through, and they'll join up with the 43 survivors from Day 1a to create a Day 2 field on Thursday of at least 170. Registration remains open until the start of play, so that number still has the potential to increase.

As always, PokerNews will be bringing all of the live updates for the event, so be sure to come back and keep tabs on the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event.

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End of Day 1b Chip Counts

• Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Jiachen Gong ca 154,300 -700
Caufman Talley us 150,300 -700
Kamal Bittar PY 146,700 146,700
Pablo Fernandez es 133,700 36,700
Sergey Lebedev ru 132,600 -2,400
Oleg Vasylchenko ua 129,900 129,900
Fernando Karam br 129,700 129,700
Norberto Korn ar 127,600 127,600
Tomas Altamirando PA 126,400 126,400
Erling Voje NO 123,400 -3,600
Alberto Meran Matias do 122,900 122,900
Rafael Moraes br 121,300 15,300
Dmitry Ponomarev RU 118,000 118,000
Denis Timofeev ru 112,400 112,400
Pavel Veksler ua 109,000 109,000
Jonathan Abdellatif be 107,700 107,700
Mark Radoja ca 107,000 12,000
Erik Cajelais ca 106,700 65,700
Jose Gonzales ar 106,000 106,000
Jason Wheeler us 105,800 800
Luis Perez ve 103,300 103,300
Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic PA 101,000 101,000
Juan Burguillos Camacho VE 100,000 100,000
Michael Lech us 99,200 99,200
Adrian Gruber GB 97,100 97,100

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Ugly River Costs Serda Heaps

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Patrick Serda had what looked like a three-bet to 6,000 in front of him preflop in the hijack, and Jiachen Gong had made it 13,800 to go on the button. Serda called, and {8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{k-Spades} flopped. Serda check-called 10,500, then did the same for 16,500 on the {6-Diamonds}. On the {k-Clubs} river, Serda checked a final time. Gong shoved all in for 40,000, and Serda snap-called.

Gong showed {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} for trips. A sickened Serda showed down {k-}{j-} before mucking.

Jiachen Gong ca 155,000 110,000
Patrick Serda ca 33,000 -92,000

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Another Boat for Talley

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante

A player in early position bet 7,600 on a board of {j-Clubs}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, and Caufman Talley called from middle position. The river was a {10-Clubs} and the first player tanked awhile and checked. Talley checked back and got shown {k-}{q-} for king-high. Talley tabled {j-Spades}{8-Spades} for a full house and scooped the pot.

Caufman Talley us 151,000 60,500

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Allain Loses a Flip

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante

A player opened on the button but then saw two quick shoves behind him. He got out of the way to leave Adrien Allain and his {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} up against a player with {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The board bricked out for Allain, and he's back down to about 10,000.

Adrien Allain fr 10,300 -26,200

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Alvarado Dubs

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante

JC Alvarado put in his last 10,700 from early position. Action folded to a player in the hijack, who folded out everyone else with a reshove.

Alvarado: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Hijack: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

A flop of {7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{k-Hearts} was exactly what Alvarado wanted to see. The {9-Spades} turn gave him some pause but an {8-Diamonds} river kept him best.

JC Alvarado mx 26,500 11,500

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Counts Towards the End of the Night

• Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Sergey Lebedev ru 135,000
Erling Voje NO 127,000
Mark Radoja ca 125,000 -5,400
Patrick Serda ca 125,000 -15,000
Jason Wheeler us 105,000 10,000
Tobias Peters nl 75,000 34,000
Andrew Chen ca 65,000 23,000
Eric Wasylenko ca 58,000 -12,000
Michael Rocco us 57,000 -8,000
Aymon Hata gb 55,000 7,000
Ben Heath gb 52,000 37,000
Luc Greenwood ca 50,000 -5,000
Harpreet Gill ca 48,000 11,000
Ari Engel ca 45,000 -20,000
Erik Cajelais ca 41,000 -17,000
Martin Finger de 30,000 -14,500
Tyler Kenney us 25,000 -17,000
Jake Cody gb 25,000
Jaime Staples ca 9,000 -21,000

Rocco Hits the River

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Two players limped, and a player in the small blind jammed for 13,200. Michael Rocco considered his options in the big and then reshipped, chasing the others away.

Rocco: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Small blind: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}

The race went to Rocco as he found a ten on the river: {8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{10-Spades}.

Michael Rocco us 65,000 24,200

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Allain Doubles, Urbanovich Not So Fortunate

mnuwwarah • Nível 8: 400-800, 100 ante
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Dzmitry Urbanovich

Adrien Allain got his last 10,200 in on a board of {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades}. An opponent with {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} put him at risk, but {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} was good for the Frenchman, and he dodged the five-outer on the river.

At another table, short-stacked Dzmitry Urbanovich was not so lucky and went bust.

Adrien Allain fr 36,500 36,500
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl Eliminado

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