2014 PCA Main Event Day 4: Muur Leads Final 20; McDonald Eyes Second Title
Day 4 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is in the books, and leading the remaining 20 players is Estonian Madis Muur. Madis Muur pipped Canadian Mike McDonald during the last few hands of the evening, winning a 1.7 million-chip pot off of Roger Teska and bagging 3.515 million.
This is Muur’s first season in the EPT – he qualified for the PCA, London, and Barcelona Main Events. The 27-year-old spends most of his time grinding online cash games, and has earned just over $100,000 in live tournament earnings. He can top that with an 11th-place finish or better in this event.
McDonald, winner of EPT Dortmund in Season 4, is the only remaining EPT champion, and could become the first player to ever capture two titles in the tour’s history.
McDonald was the recipient of a massive double in Level 21, when he four-bet all in for a little over a million chips holding pocket aces. Jason Helder, who flat-called a three-bet shove from Daniel Weinman, called with queens, and Weinman showed . McDonald’s aces held up, vaulting him to over two million chips, and he eventually bagged 3.432 million.
Fellow Canadians Pascal Lefrancois (2,401,000) and Shyam Srinivasan (2,129,000) also ended the day on big stacks. Lefrancois eliminated Vladimir Schemelev in Level 21 with pocket kings, rocketing up to over 1.6 million chips, and Srinivasan busted Jorge Ribeiro in Level 22 holding pocket queens, moving above 2.2 million.
Also reaching the penultimate day of play are former November Niner Antoine Saout (2,432,000), UKIPT Dublin winner Max Silver (2,359,000), online legends Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron (1,556,000) and Grayson “gray31” Ramage (571,000), and UKIPT Season 3 Player of the Year Thomas Hall (1,241,000).
Among the players who fell short of Day 5 were Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Angel Guillen, Liv Boeree, Marcel Luske, and PokerStars Team Online member Marc-Andre Ladouceur. Selbst made the deepest run of the bunch, finishing in 42nd place after placing third in the $100,000 Super High Roller. Selbst lost a race in Level 21 with pocket tens against Jennifer Shahade’s , and then Shahade hit the rail when she ran pocket jacks into pocket kings.
Boeree looked like she was going to climb back into contention, doubling up through Mark Ioli in Level 20, but a few hands later she lost a 1.2 million-chip flip to Saout and was eliminated.
Other players who failed to survive the day include Loni Harwood, Matt Berkey, Matt Stout, Paul Berende, Ismael Bojang, Ty Reiman, and Tim Reilly.
Play will resume on Sunday at noon local time, where the remaining 20 players will battle until an official final table of eight is set. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for up-to-the-minute updates straight from the tournament floor.