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2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$10,000 Main Event

Day 1a completed

Posted 01-08-2013 01:47 GMT-4
$10,000 Main Event
Day 1a completed

Lobzhanidze Takes Charge; Leads Day 1a Field

• Level 9: 400-800, 100 ante
Maxim Lobzhanidze Leads Day 1a
Maxim Lobzhanidze Leads Day 1a

After nine grueling levels of poker on Monday, Day 1a of the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event is officially in the books. After bagging and tagging for the night, Maxim Lobzhanidze emerged as the leader of the returning 162 players. He bagged up 248,900 in chips. Following closely on his heels are Gilbert Diaz (215,900) and Darren Elias (191,000).

A total of 320 players came out to play in the first flight of play. Compared to the turnout in 2012, which sported a 418-player Day 1a, there was a significant decrease in attendance — 23.445% to be exact. This could be partially due to the Open-Face Chinese Poker tournament that occurred on the other side of the room today, drawing many big names to action. Regardless of any reason, Day 1b is expected to have a much larger field.

Several notable players have been able to rise above the stiff competition in this event and earn themselves solid stacks going into Day 2. Among those returning are Paul Volpe (186,200), Bolivar Palacios (142,000), Scott Clements (102,000), Brian Altman (84,200), Sam Grafton (71,900), Chris Moorman (70,500), Ville Wahlbeck (46,300), 2012 PCA Main Event fourth-place finisher Xuan Liu (42,500) and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada (34,000).

Calvin Anderson had a tremendous showing during play on Day 1a, and he will be returning on Day 2 sporting a stack of 159,000. We caught a hand during the first level of play where Anderson was heads up with an opponent on a board that read {2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{J-Clubs}. Anderson moved out a bet of 8,000 chips into a pot of roughly 12,000. His opponent flung out a call, and Anderson rolled over the {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a flopped full house. He dragged in that massive pot early and went on to trend upward for the rest of the day.

While Anderson and others thrived on the felt, others saw their PCA Main Event come to a relatively quick conclusion. Names like Joseph Cheong, Barry Greenstein Chad Brown, Jean-Robert Bellande, Adam Levy, Marcel Luske, Lex Veldhuis, Faraz Jaka and Randy Lew all fell before the end of the final level. Still, there are plenty of side events to dabble in and of course the amazing beaches of the Bahamas to enjoy.

Day 1b will kick off at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island at 12:00 EST tomorrow. The field of Day 1b plans to include the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Selbst, Victor Ramdin, Brandon Cantu and Shaun Deeb, among many others, so be sure to stay tuned. Your loyal servants here at PokerNews will be on hand to provide you all of the latest updates from the tournament floor. Until tomorrow!

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Some of the Bigger Stacks

Gilbert Diaz 215,000 -5,000
Maxim Lobzhanidze 205,000 35,000
Darren Elias 180,000 65,000
Paul Volpe 160,000 20,000
Calvin Anderson 155,000 -8,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj 150,000 -12,000
Yann Dion 133,000 44,000

Diaz Busts Another

Gilbert Diaz has been on a roll all day long, and it just ocntinued as he picked up two aces to bust another player.

Hoyt Corkins opened with a min-raise to 1,600 from middle position before a player in the cutoff seat reraised all in for approximately 13,500. Diaz reraised all in from the small blind with his massive stack to put the pressure on Corkins, but eventually Corkins folded.

Diaz showed the {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and was crushing his opponent's {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}.

On the flop, the {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} gave Diaz top set and put his opponent further out the door. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and river the {2-Diamonds}. Diaz won the pot with top set and moved his stack to 220,000 in chips.

Gilbert Diaz 220,000 27,000
Hoyt Corkins 34,000 7,500

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Moorman Put to the Test

With about 23,000 in the pot and the board reading {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Chris Moorman's bet of 7,800 was called by an opponent. The {9-Diamonds} fell on the turn and Moorman bet 19,500, only to see his opponent shove for 76,100.

Moorman mulled it over for about 90 seconds before his opponent called the clock. As soon as the 10-second countdown began, Moorman gave up his hand.

Chris Moorman 62,000 -33,000

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