Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought together the surviving 500 players from both Day 1a and 1b today for five more levels of action-packed fun. After 7.5 hours of play, that field was whittled down to just 166. All of them are looking to make the money at the top 144, but the man best positioned to make it is chip leader Nicolas Godoy, who finished Day 2 with 724,200. He is followed by Darren Elias with 558,900 and Michael Mizrachi with 540,700.
Goboy got some of those chips in a hand he played against Day 1a chip leader Maxim Lobzhanidze. It happened when a player in early position opened to 4,000, Lobzhanidze three-bet to 11,000 in the cutoff seat, and Godoy four-bet to 23,000 from the big blind. The original raiser folded, Lobzhanidze five-bet to 41,000, Godoy six-bet to 65,000, and Lobzhanidze called. Both players checked the flop as well as the turn, and then Godoy led for 75,000 on river. Lobzhanidze called and Godoy tabled for a straight. Lobzhanidze, who finished the day with 121,300, flashed before mucking.
Long before that hand took place, Day 2 action kicked off as the sun passed over the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island at 12:00 PM EST. The biggest stack in the room belonged to Ashton Griffin, who actually joined the PokerNews Podcast prior to the start of play, but he had a rough go of it as he watched his stack dwindle to 123,900. Fortunately he was still able to make it through the day.
Among the hundreds of players eliminated were the legendary Phil Ivey; the woman who electrified last year's PCA by making the final table, Xuan Liu; 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; European Poker Tour Prague champ Ramzi Jelassi; online legend Chris Moorman; 2012 WSOP champion Greg Merson; last year's runner-up Kyle Julius; and the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.
The participation of the 18-time gold medalist was a special addition to an already prestigious tournament, but all good things come to an end as Phelps found out in the last level of the night. It was there that Phelps fell at the hands of Eddy Sabat.
It happened when Sabat, who informed PokerNews of the hand, opened for 4,800 and received a call from Phelps. The rest of the field got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the flop. Sabat led for 6,200, Phelps called, and then the dealer burned and turned the . Sabat checked, Phelps took the opportunity to bet 8,000, and Sabat called. When the completed the board on the river, Sabat moved all in and Phelps called off his stack with . Unfortunately for him, Sabat flipped for Broadway and Phelps' PCA came to an end.
Likewise, Day 2 was unkind to Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Alex Kravchenko, Richard Toth, Andre Akkari, Ville Wahlbeck, Joao Nunes, Boris Becker, Christian de Leon, Luca Pagano, Nacho Barbero, Liv Boeree, Ivan Demidov, Victor Ramdin, Pierre Neuville and Christophe de Meulder.
While many fell, an impressive contingent of notables managed to survive and punch their ticket to Day 3. They include Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov, Jake Cody, and George Lind III, as well as pros Shannon Shorr, Dwyte Pilgrim, Paul Volpe, Matt Waxman, Shawn Buchanan, Scott Clements, Owen Crowe, Fabian Quoss, Ty Reiman, Greg Mueller, Yann Dion and Mohsin Charania.
Day 3 will kick off at 12:00 EST, so stay tuned to PokerNews as the march to the money begins at the 2013 PCA Main Event!