Igor Yaroshevskyy Leads PokerStars Championship Panama

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  • Igor Yaroshevskyy leads the biggest poker event ever on Panamanian soil.

  • Tito @titoortiz Ortiz brings 90 big blinds to Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Panama.

Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama started with four new players signing up, boosting the total to 366 players for the inaugural event in Panama City. Martin Jacobson, Ambrose Ng, Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney joined the field of 171 players that had survived Day 1a and 1b to start Day 2.

[It's] by far the biggest event in the history of Panamanian poker

With 366 players and a total prize pool of $1,775,100, the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event is by far the biggest event in the history of Panamanian poker. In fact, the three biggest events on Panamanian soil were all held this week with the $50,000 Super High Roller and $25,000 High Roller coming in second and third. The $5,000 High Rollers that were part of the LAPT in former seasons never got more than 68 entries.

After five levels of play on Day 2, just 79 players remain. With 71 making the money, the bubble is going to burst early on Day 3. Igor Yaroshevskyy has the best position, as he brings a massive 745,500 in chips to Day 3.

Top 5 Chip Counts After Day 2 PokerStars Championship Panama

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine745,500
2Denis TimofeevRussia569,000
3Caufman TalleyUnited States546,000
4Tito OrtizUnited States270,500
5Vincent AllevatoCanada256,500

The second day of play started full of action. Yaroshevskyy, who already started out as the biggest stack, got the entire stack of Vicente Delgado, who six-bet pushed with ace-deuce suited for 138,000. Yaroshevskyy called with kings and saw his hand hold up to strengthen his lead over the rest of the field.

His opponent flopped quads, and after just three community cards, Staples was drawing stone dead.

Team PokerStars Pro Online's Jaime Staples started out as one of the shortest stacks in the tournament. While he did outlast Delgado, he met his destiny just a couple hands later.

He doubled first but ran out of luck when he pushed ace-six into queens. He still had a fair shot at doubling up as any ace would be enough, but the dealer would not be kind to him. His opponent flopped quads, and after just three community cards, Staples was drawing stone dead.

The two competing WSOP Main Event champions followed in quick succession. Jacobson was first to go, getting it in with ace-queen against kings and not managing to suck out. Ryan Riess followed seconds later; he ran ace-king into queens and did not hit.

Not only did Jacobson bust from the late registrants, but all four of them hit the rail before the bagging and tagging would begin. Ng (bustout unknown), Seidel (ace-king into queens) and Kenney (ace-nine into tens) all got eliminated well before the day was done.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez would also go out prematurely. He got it in with jacks against aces on a nine-high board and did not improve.

Tito Ortiz starts Day 3 with 90 big blinds.


Tito Ortiz did manage to survive the day, bagging a very respectable 270,500. He grinded all day and managed to keep his stack around the average, only to win the last three hands and win a ton more. He'll start Day 3 with 90 big blinds.

Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event starts at noon on Friday. Eight players go home empty-handed, $7,720 awaits those who min-cash, and everyone will hunt the $293,860 that awaits the winner, which will be handed out Monday.

PokerNews will be on the floor all day again to bring you photos and updates from the Sortis Hotel Spa & Casino‎.

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Tito Ortiz, on to Day 3 with 90 big blinds

PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
12Andres CarrilloColombia156.000
13Luis PerezVenezuela65.000
14Michael CarterCanada14.500
15Vincent AllevatoCanada256.500
16Dmitry PonomarevRussia164.500
17Daniel AdesArgentina40.500
18Steven Thompson VilaCosta Rica135.500
     
21Thomas LefortCanada23.500
22Roman PavliukUkraine205.000
23Samuel GagnonCanada88.000
24Edward MandelUnited States49.000
25Tito OrtizUnited States270.500
26Denis TimofeevRussia569.000
27Mikhail ZamyatinRussia153.000
28Jiachen GongCanada34.500
     
31Aleks DimitrovBulgaria231.500
32Tom-Aksel BedellNorway111.500
33Jessica Perez BorregoPanama235.500
34Anthony DiotteCanada50.000
35Serge PouliotCanada218.500
36Kamal Abdel BittarParaguay107.500
37Jason WheelerMexico213.000
38Alexandre ViardFrance70.000
     
41Davidi KitaiBelgium20.000
42Pedro Romanzo PollinoVenezuela244.000
43Jose GonzalesArgentina166.000
44Ari EngelUnited States58.000
45Taran ParmarCanada179.000
46Jeiko Palma KuzmicicPanama175.000
47Luis Alejandro MataVenezuela127.000
48Sebastian Medina EchavarriaColombia49.000
     
51Harpreet GillCanada161.000
52Byron KavermanUnited States78.000
53Martin KusCanada125.000
54Arturo MoralesCosta Rica126.800
56Roman PapacekCzech Republic47.000
57Aaron BeenUnited States52.500
58Jose RosenkrantzCosta Rica98.500
     
61Yobrahin Larez SanchezVenezuela129.000
62Sergey LebedevRussia86.000
63Daniel DvoressCanada67.500
64Jose Moran GuzmanMexico102.500
65Robin Luca WozniczekGermany182.500
66Mark RadojaCanada177.000
67Erik CajelaisCanada129.500
68Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium62.500
     
71Kenneth SmaronUnited States234.500
72Marcelo Filartiga VillalbaParaguay33.500
73Jason KoonUnited States24.500
74Jordan SaccucciCanada56.500
75Karim ZerzourSweden57.000
76Felix BleikerSwitzerland125.000
77Manuel Martinez SolsonaSpain81.500
78Allberto Meran MatiasDominican Republic135.500
     
81Adrien AllainFrance118.000
82Eduards KudrjavcevsLatvia237.000
83Jairo EscobarColombia75.000
84Lokesh GargUnited States219.000
85Vasyl VertianovUkraine196.500
86Pablo GordilloSpain254.500
87Steve O'DwyerIreland184.000
88Michael LechUnited States139.500
     
91Luiz DuarteUnited States189.500
92Martin FingerGermany92.000
93Fabrice De BenedictisSwitzerland87.500
94James SalmonUnited States189.000
95Alberto Fonseca MasisCosta Rica82.500
96Caufman TalleyUnited States546.000
97Lucas BlancoSpain132.000
98Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine745.500
     
101JC AlvaradoMexico103.000
102Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania223.500
103Eric SemelUnited States61.000
104Hector Perez SalgadoColombia29.500
105Kliment Roussev TarmakovCanada100.500
106Adrian GruberUnited Kingdom90.000
107Michael PhillipsCosta Rica38.500
108Carlos Garcia SarmientoColombia54.500

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