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PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Nick Petrangelo Looking for First $100K Win After Bagging Day 1 Lead

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  • Nick Petrangelo leads PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100K Super High Roller, Kevin Hart survives.

Nick Petrangelo raced ahead of his high-rolling rivals, turning 250,000 into 861,000 and taking the chip lead at the conclusion of Day 1 of the $100,000 Super High Roller at PokerStars Championship Bahamas.

Hot on Petrangelo's heels is Steve O'Dwyer, who has been among the most successful players on the high roller circuit in recent years. He ended with 801,000. Daniel Dvoress (720,000), Connor Drinan (639,000) and Jason Koon (624,000) round out the top five.

One of the biggest hands Petrangelo played came at the expense of Christoph Vogelsang late in the day. In the last level, with the big blind at 5,000, Petrangelo opened early for 12,000 and got action from Vogelsang in the big blind. On a board that ran out {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, Vogelsang check-called three barrels, the last for 91,000, and got shown two eights for top full house by Petrangelo.

Petrangelo has posted good finishes in $100Ks before. He finished second in a World Poker Tour Alpha 8 event in 2015 for just over $1 million and seventh in the $111,111 One Drop last year for $628,679 but has yet to grab his first win. With 36 players bagging chips and 50 total entries logged — 11 were reentries — there's still a long road ahead for Petrangelo.

Other players making it through included PokerStars Team Pros Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu, as well as 2015 WSOP champion Joe McKeehen, 2016 GPI player of the year David Peters, and EPT Grand Final High Roller champions Charlie Carrel and Mustapha Kanit.

Popular American actor Kevin Hart also made it through to Day 2. The popular comedy star kept up a running banter with his tablemates all day but did wind up needing a reentry after he was down to 16 big blinds and check-shoved an eight-eight-nine flop with pocket fives only to see Koon turn over jacks. No five appeared for Hart but he bought straight back in. He ended up losing about half of his second starting stack as he ended with 130,000.

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Anthony Zinno, Timothy Adams, Erik Seidel, Isaac Haxton and Bill Perkins were a few of the players who went bust on Day 1. The latter three reentered and bagged and everyone still has the option to buy a stack until the start of Day 2. For live coverage on Saturday, head on over to the PokerStars blog. PokerNews will continue to bring feature coverage right here.

Here's who'll return for Day 2. Blinds will be 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000-ante.

PlayerCountryChip Count
Nick PetrangeloUnited States861,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland801,000
Daniel DvoressCanada720,000
Connor DrinanUnited States637,000
Jason KoonUnited States624,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada605,000
Leo Yan Ho ChengCanada571,000
Koray AldemirGermany552,000
Jason MercierUnited States517,000
Byron KavermanUnited States461,000
Sean WinterUnited States450,000
Dario SammartinoItaly423,000
Joseph McKeehenUnited States405,000
David PetersUnited States393,000
Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom379,000
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey377,000
Dan ColmanUnited States363,000
Erik SeidelUnited States299,000
Fabrizio GonzalezUruguay295,000
Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom284,000
Dan ShakUnited States281,000
Christoph VogelsangGermany250,000
Anthony ZinnoUnited States250,000
Ben HeathUnited Kingdom250,000
Timothy AdamsCanada250,000
Isaac HaxtonUnited States248,000
Adrian MateosSpain227,000
Pascal LefrancoisCanada211,000
Cary KatzUnited States193,000
Daniel NegreanuCanada188,000
Ivan LucaArgentina188,000
Justin BonomoUnited States187,000
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussia171,000
Bill PerkinsUnited States170,000
Kevin HartUnited States130,000
Mustapha KanitItaly128,000
Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom124,000
Sergio AidoSpain120,000
Benjamin TollereneUnited States107,000

Jason Koon, who knocked out Kevin Hart and survived the day with 624,000 making him fifth in chips, told us about his intention to do a poker focused biohacking seminar with one of the greatest mind coaches in the world this April:

Photos: Neil Stoddart/PokerStarsBlog.com

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