A total of 95 players out of a 214-entry strong field in the $1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean Main Event returned to the tables of the Casino Royale on Sint Maarten. Another 10 players jumped in before the first card was dealt to boost the attendance to 224 entries. A prize pool of $336,000 emerged and the top 24 spots were guaranteed at least $3,200 for their efforts while the winner can look forward to a payday of $84,000 on Tuesday.
After 10 levels of one hour each, only 12 hopefuls remain and Day 1b chip leader and Event #16 champion Jean-Luc Adam (photo) leads the survivors as sole player above a million in chips with 1,135,000. He's followed by Daniel Wojcik (876,000) and Timothy Cavallin (876,000).
Walter Treccarichi follows in fourth place overnight with 572,000 and the other finalists are Paul Benichou (547,000), Nicola Salas (442,000), Martin Ryan (350,000), start-of-the-day chip leader Luca Giovannone (297,000), Ian Gavlick (232,000), Howard Cheng A June (176,000), Charlie Ciresi (136,000) and the last woman standing Vaea Profit (54,000).
All 12 finalists have already locked up $6,300, but especially Adam and Ryan are still in the run for the casino champion ranking. Besides the Main Event winner, the player with the most points acquired during the entire festival will also be sent to the $1 million added WSOP Championship next year. Ryan currently leads with 100 points after winning two events back to back and Adam is in second with 75 points.
Points ranking for the Main Event:
|Remaining 20 percent of those in the money||20 points|
|Remaining 30 percent of those in the money||10 points|
|Remaining 50 percent of those in the money||5 points|
Day 2 of the Main Event started fast and furious, as more than two dozen players were sent to the rail in the first two levels. Robbie Bakker bought in before the start of Day 2 and his kings were cracked by pocket nines in the very first hand. Fellow Dutchman Tommie Janssen and Charles Puglisi were also among the early exits; only 68 remained after the first break.
The next level kicked off with two double eliminations. Jan van der Wal flopped a set of treys, Jozef O'Neil had top pair and Sylvie Renelier pulled a set of fives when the chips went in. A three on the turn gave van der Wal quads. Shortly after, Treccarich busted Rodrigue Robineau and Alexandre Annovazzi with jacks versus jack-eight and ace-king suited.
Robert Cheung busted just before the dinner break and Peter Eichhardt bowed out in level 17. Dudley Wijesiriwardana's hopes were crushed when his aces were cracked by the kings of Cavallin and Six-Handed champion Michael Lech went from hero to zero in two hands.
The bubble burst when a short-stacked Gilian Petrovski shoved the small blind with ace-eight and Treccarichi called with jack-four only to spike a jack on the flop. It wouldn't take long after that. The field was already down to the last two tables. Gerald Mortensen was the first out in the money and Werner Eder followed with jack-ten suited against ace-king.
Stephen Saleh lost a flip with jacks against the king-queen of Cavallin and Cynthia Mahaffey followed in 21st place. Not even 20 minutes later, Nicolas Brochot, Gerald Fuchs, Daivy Ramssany, Jonathan Miller and Chad Walker were all gone. Walker shoved a queen-high turn with ace-eight for second pair and Adam called with kings to hold up and establish a decent lead over the rest of the field. Jan van der Wal hero called a four-bet shove with pocket eights and failed to improve against the queens of Cavallin.
Myriam Mehnana was nearing the lead for some time before losing most of her stack to Ryan. She doubled up once and then lost a flip with ace-queen versus pocket jacks. Mohammed El Mazouni became the latest casualty of the day with sevens versus kings while June doubled up in the very last hand.
|1||1||Ian Gavlick||United States||232,000|
|1||7||Charlie Ciresi||United States||136,000|
|1||8||Daniel Wojcik||United States||876,000|
|2||1||Howard Cheng A June||Sint Maarten||176,000|
|2||3||Martin Ryan||Trinidad & Tobago||350,000|
|2||8||Vaea Profit||Sint Maarten||54,000|
|13||Mohammed El Mazouni||Netherlands||$5,150|
|14||Myriam Mehnana||Sint Maarten||$5,150|
|15||Jan van der Wal||Netherlands||$5,150|
|16||Chad Walker||United States||$4,300|
|17||Jonathan Miller||United States||$4,300|
|18||Daivy Ramssany||Sint Maarten||$4,300|
|21||Cynthia Mahaffey||United States||$3,600|
|23||Stephen Saleh||United Kingdom||$3,200|
|24||Gerald Mortensen||United States||$3,200|
The action will continue on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. local time with level 22 and blinds of 6,000-12,000 with a running ante of 2,000.
The penultimate WSOP Circuit ring-awarding tournament of the festival kicked off at 6 p.m. local time and the $365 NLHE Event #32 gathered a field of 96 entries. After 14 levels of 30 minutes each, only 20 participants bagged up. The top 12 spots will get paid. A min-cash is worth $620 while the winner takes home $8,620.
Ramon Rotardier from Martinique claimed the top spot overnight with 130,400, Arman Bosnakyan followed in second place with 99,600 and Charles Puglisi followed in third with 86,100. Notables through to Day 2 include Craig Rubinstein (84,100), Jason Rivkin (79,000), Robert Cheung (51,800) and William Hicks (26,200). Action will also recommence at 3:30 p.m. local time before the final ring event then kicks off at 6 p.m. local time with a $365 NLHE one-day turbo.