Earlier this week, the World Poker Tour Caribbean attracted 191 entries to the Casino Royale in beautiful St. Maarten and created a prize pool of $592,864. On Friday, 32 players returned to battle it out for five more levels of play. At the end of that time, just 11 players remained. The man best positioned to capture the $145,000 first-place prize is Severin Schleser, though Tony Dunst (814,000), Bobby Oboodi (486,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (394,000) all stand in his way.
Here’s a look at the 11 remaining players:
According to the WPT live blog, action recommenced in Level 15 with the blinds at 1,500/3,000/500, and it didn’t take long for players to hit the rail. After Pim Van Wieringen and Grega Vozel were dispatched by Oboodi, Justin Zaki joined them on the rail in 30th place.
It happened when Zaki moved all in for 45,000 and Ferenc Riech offered him protection by moving all in over the top for roughly 60,000. The rest of the players folded and the cards were turned up.
Zaki held a decent pair, but much to his dismay Riech woke up with an even bigger one. The board ran out an uneventful and Zaki was sent home empty handed. Not long after, Adriano Torregrossa, Dave Collins, Fedor Holz, and Micah Raskin all joined him on the rail.
Just 24 players were slated to get paid, and in Level 16 (2,000/4,000/500), the money bubble burst. It began when David Kaufmann moved all in under the gun for 27,000 and Rettenmaier called from the button. Both blinds folded and Kaufman needed some help.
Kaufmann was behind, but he was drawing to two live cards. The flop was disaster though, as Rettenmaier paired his ace to take a commanding lead. The turn actually left Kaufmann drawing dead, and after the was run out on the river, he was sent to the rail as the bubble boy.
From there, the in-the-money eliminations mounted with the likes of Pierre Goetz (24th - $5,750), Alin Pandillica (23rd - $5,750), Ben Warrington (22nd - $5,750), Youssef Bejjani (21st - $6,400), Christian Stallinger (20th - $6,400), Antonio Chenl (19th - $6,400), Sean Jazayeri (18th - $7,300), Julien Fauteux (17th - $7,300), and Riech (16th - $7,300) all hitting the rail.
Riech was eliminated in Level 18 (3,000/6,000/1,000) when he shoved all in preflop for nearly 90,000 from the cutoff an received a call from Jean-Nicolas Fortin on the button. The blinds both folded and the cards were turned up.
It was a classic flip, but not after the flop came down to give Fortin a pair of aces. The turn gave Riech an added flush draw, but he was left wanting as the blanked on the river to send him home in 16th place.
After the eliminations of Dan Sindelar and Mihal Manole in 15th and 14th place, respectively, Byron Kaverman hit the rail in 13th place. It happened in Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000) when Kaverman moved all in from the cutoff for a little over 100,000 and Oboodi called from the big blind.
Kaverman got a bit unlucky as Oboodi woke up with the granddaddy of all hands. The flop made things interesting by delivering Kaverman an open-ended straight draw, but neither the turn nor river completed it.
The elimination of Viet Vo in 12th place brought about the end of play, and the remaining 11 players were sent on hiatus until 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, which is when they'll return to play down to the final table of six. Of course PokerNews will bring you a recap of the action upon completion of play.
Data and photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com