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2014 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller Day 2: Shak, Selbst, and Esfandiari Headline Final

Dan Shak

Day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100,000 Super High Roller came to a close Monday night, and the final table was set after a long day of play saw stars bust, the bubble burst, and an impressive chip leader emerge. That chip leader at the end of the day proved to be none other than the super high roller wizard himself, Dan Shak. Shak bagged up 3,700,000 in chips, and that was good enough to edge out Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst by 55,000 to have the pole position.

Final Table Seating Assignments

1Ole Schemion280,000
2Tony Gregg410,000
3Antonio Esfandiari2,830,000
4Matt Glantz480,000
5Fabian Quoss2,640,000
6Vanessa Selbst3,645,000
7Dan Shak3,700,000

As you can see, this final table is one for the ages, with nothing but high-profile names filling the seats. This will make for an exciting final day of play on Tuesday that will see the eventual winner walk away with $1,629,940. All of the remaining players have locked up a minimum of $277,080.

At the start of Day 2, 40 players were left in the field. From there, the eliminations flowed steadily as the levels passed and the blinds rose. When the tournament finished Level 14, 12 players were left and they headed off on a 75-minute dinner break. Upon return, four more players needed to bust before the day was complete.

Bryn Kenney was the first player to fall after dinner, and he was busted at the hands of Selbst. Kenney was all in with the {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} against the {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for Selbst, but following a run out of {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}, his tournament was over.

Then, Igor Kurganov hit the rail in 11th place, becoming another victim to Selbst. His {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} couldn't hold up against Selbst and her {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} after the board ran out {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}.

Following Kurganov to the rail was Max Altergott. This time, Selbst was involved, but it was reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Ole Schemion who won the pot to earn the elimination. Altergott had moved all in from the button before Selbst called from the small blind and Schemion called from the big blind. Selbst and Schemion then checked down the {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts} board to get to a showdown. Altergott showed the {Q-Hearts}{7-Spades} for queen high, Selbst had the {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for ace high, and Schemion showed the winner with the {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

With the tournament on the official bubble, pressure rested solely on the short stacks as they fought to stay alive. Several times, players with short stacks fell below not just 10 big blinds, but five big blinds, and managed to stay alive with double ups. Eventually, though, it took a double elimination to send Paul Newey home as the bubble boy and Mike McDonald out the door in eighth place.

Newey and McDonald were both down to just one big blind each. Newey moved all in from under the gun without looking at his hand, and then action folded to McDonald in the cutoff seat. He had a decision and tanked for a bit to figure out what he wanted to do. Eventually, McDonald moved all in himself. Matt Glantz then completed from the small blind, but Fabian Quoss raised from the big blind to fold out Glantz.

When the hands were turned over, Newey had the {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, McDonald had the {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}, and Quoss had the {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}. The board ran out {A-Spades}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}, and that meant Newey would finish in ninth place as he went into the hand with the least amount of chips. McDonald was also eliminated, but he was able to earn eighth-place money and pocket $217,320 because he had more chips than Newey to start the hand.

With that, the final seven players will be back for the final table on Day 3. Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and you can be sure to find all the tournament updates right here on

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