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2015 PCA Main Event Day 1b: Dietrich Fast Sprints to Overall Lead

Dietrich Fast

The 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure resumed on Friday with Day 1b of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. A total of 587 players took to the felt and after eight levels of play, 368 of them bagged up and will join the 139 Day 1a survivors to play on Day 2. Leading the way is Dietrich Fast with 208,200.

Late in the day, Fast (pictured) and Curt Kohlberg collided in a pot that saw Fast nearly reach the 200K chip mark. The chips went in after the river of a board reading {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Kohlberg showed {A-}{K-Diamonds} for a pair of aces. Fast, however, tabled pocket sixes for sixes full of tens to soar to the top of the chip counts en route to bagging up the chip lead.

Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Dietrich Fast208,200
2Konstantinos Pantaridis184,000
3German Sakavichyus152,000
4Andrey Shatilov136,500
5Alex Klimashin135,000
6Eyal Aleksnis131,000
7Tim Reilly131,000
8Dmitry Ivanov128,100
9Steven Goosen114,800
10Kevin Schulz113,100

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu also bagged a solid stack of 85,400. He added a chunk of chips towards the end of the night after flopping a set with {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} on a {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board. Atanas Kavrikov was unable to get away from {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Negreanu held up to score the elimination. Other notables who will be returning on Day 2 include Stephen Chidwick (101,000), Pratyush Buddiga (84,300), Shawn Buchanan (82,600), Dylan Linde (79,200), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (76,400), Mike Leah (68,300), Aaron Massey (61,900) and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier (32,300).

The day did not go as well for many other notable players. 2012 PCA Main Event runner-up Kyle Julius got his chips in with {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} against David Robinson's {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and despite making a set, Julius was eliminated when the board ran out {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades}{3-Spades}, giving Robinson an ace-high straight. Others who were sent to the rail on Friday include MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, Darren Elias, Calvin Anderson, Carlos Mortensen, Bill Perkins, Eddy Sabat, Jason Koon and Paul Newey.

Play resumes with Day 2 at noon local time Saturday. Registration remains open until the start of play and shortly after that, we will have the prize pool and payouts to share. Until then, get caught up with the full story behind Steve O'Dwyer's Super High Roller victory, as Donnie Peters and Remko Rinkema analyze his huge score.

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