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2014 PCA Main Event Day 2: Lefrancois Leads; 2012 Winner Dibella Among Leaders


The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event continued on Thursday with Day 2 action, and leading the way is Pascal Lefrancois. The French Canadian, who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010 and finished 11th in the Main Event that same summer, bagged 412,000 chips after consistently chipping up the entire day.

Joining Lefrancois at the top of the counts is Sam Greenwood (402,500), Matt Berkey (372,100), Roger Teska (369,000), and Brian Altman (362,100).

Also among the chip leaders is 2012 PCA Main Event champion John Dibella. Dibella made trip queens against Lily Kiletto in Level 11, and then the very next level he made a diamond flush to cross 300,000 chips. The New Yorker, who earned $1,775,000 after a heads-up chop with Kyle Julius two years ago, enters Day 3 with 293,600 chips.

No one had a more violent day than Kiletto, who reached two WPT final tables in 2013. Kiletto won a 200,000-chip pot during the first level of the day with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} against {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} on a queen-high flop, but Kiletto’s day took a turn for the worse as the day progressed though, and she fell to 66,000 chips in the penultimate level after running a bluff with nine-high. On the final hand of the evening, Kiletto was busted by Teska.

The prize pool was announced during play on Day 2. The 1,031-player field generated a total purse of $10,070,000, just clearing the $10 million guarantee. The top 151 players will earn a minimum of $17,600, each member of the final table is guaranteed $173,220, and the winner will walk away with over $1.8 million and the title.

Leading the Red Spade into Day 3 is Team PokerStars Online member Marc-Andre Ladouceur. The French-Canadian bagged 208,700 chips, and he will be joined on Friday by Team Pros George Danzer (121,100), Dario Minieri (168,500), Humberto Brenes (39,000), Vanessa Selbst (251,100), Jason Mercier (438,000), Marcel Luske (134,600), Liv Boeree (135,700), Alex Kravchenko (75,700), Angel Guillen (185,600), and others.

Boeree received a double up during the final level of the evening, moving all in with two aces against Eugene Todd’s {a-Spades}{q-Spades}. Todd flopped a pair of queens and a flush draw, but the turn and river were both blanks.

Unlike Boeree, Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari was unable to win an all in with aces during the final level. His opponent was dominated with two queens, but was fortunate enough to make a straight.

Also falling on Day 2 were John Juanda, Joseph Cheong, Dan O’Brien, Daniel Negreanu, Robert Mizrachi, Dominik Nitsche, Philipp Gruissem, Ryan Riess, and Jake Cody.

Germans Nitsche and Gruissem were eliminated on the same hand when they ran middling pocket pairs into Katchalov’s pocket aces, Juanda ran pocket kings in Fabian Quoss’ pocket aces, and Cheong’s {a-}{q-} was cracked by Crosta’s {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

Day 3 is set to begin on Friday at 12:00 p.m. EST. Be sure to check back to PokerNews for all of your up-to-the-minute updates straight from the tournament floor.

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