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PokerStars Championship Panama: Salmon Leads, Ortiz Survives

James Salmon
  • James Salmon bagged the lead after Day 4 of PokerStars Championship Panama with 30 players left.

  • Tito Ortiz lost much of his stack but is still alive at PokerStars Championship Panama.

Igor Yaroshevskyy was continuing to dominate at PokerStars Championship Panama $5,300 Main Event. He had come into Day 3 as a massive chip leader, and little had changed as he moved his stack of 745,500 up to about 1 million with less than an hour remaining in the day.

Looking to close the day as the leader once more, he got involved in a pot with James Salmon at 3,000/6,000/1,000. Yaroshevskyy continuation-bet a king-high flop and got some resistance from Salmon in the form of a small raise. He came back with a reraise to 100,000, and Salmon called. Yaroshevskyy then barreled the turn and put Salmon all in on the river. The America made a tough call with just king-queen for top pair. It proved good as Yaroshevskyy had an eight-high bluff, and just like that, the tournament took a major turn.

Instead of Yaroshevskyy continuing with the lead, it's now Salmon who paces the remaining field of 30 players with a stack of 1,020,000. The Florida-based player would nearly double his live cashes with a win in the Main Event. Yaroshevskyy, meanwhile, still bagged a healthy 506,000.

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1James SalmonUnited States1,020,000
2Robin Luca WozniczekGermany658,000
3JC AlvaradoMexico642,000
4Vincent AllevatoCanada596,000
5Vasyl VertianovUkraine586,000

Another player who advanced was famed MMA fighter Tito Ortiz. Invited to the tournament at the behest of PokerStars, Ortiz has outlasted hundreds of more experienced players and held his own when battling some tough pros like Denis Timofeev, although he will limp into Day 4 after losing most of his stack to end the night.

Ortiz turned top pair, it wasn't enough, and he sent nearly all of his stack to Pavliuk.

Ortiz got in a raising war with Roman Pavliuk just a few hands before players were scheduled to bag, getting just under 40 big blinds in with king-queen against Pavliuk's aces. Though Ortiz turned top pair, it wasn't enough, and he sent nearly all of his stack to Pavliuk.

Left with only 10 big blinds, Ortiz managed a late double when he got a gutshot and live cards in against Yaroshevskyy's king-high and turned a straight. Ortiz will take 117,000 into Day 4.

Other players making it through included Timofeev, JC Alvarado, Michael Lech, Byron Kaverman, Jason Koon, Mark Radoja and Jason Wheeler.

The money bubble burst early in the day, and all but eight of the eliminated players received payouts for their efforts. Davidi Kitai, Adrien Allain, Sergey Lebedev, Steve O'Dwyer, Martin Finger, Erik Cajelais, Daniel Dvoress and Ari Engel were among those making the money but failing to advance to bagging time.

The remaining runners return at noon local time on Saturday for Day 4, so come right back to PokerNews to follow the action.

Day 4 Table Draw PokerStars Championship Panama

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Robin WozniczekGermany658,000
12Jessica PerezBorregoPanama
13Vasyl VertianovUkraine586,000
14Byron KavermanUSA569,000
16Tito OrtizUSA117,000
17Pablo GordilloSpain188,000
18Alberto Meran MatiasDominican Republic378,000
21Mark RadojaCanada177,000
22Roman PavliukUkraine355,000
23Harpreet GillCanada320,000
24Luis MataVenezuela310,000
25JC AlvaradoMexico642,000
26Denis TimofeevRussia520,000
27Vincent AllevatoCanada596,000
28Aleks DimitrovBulgaria180,000
31Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine506,000
33James SalmonUSA1,020,000
34Alexandre ViardFrance200,000
35Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium513,000
36Pedro PollinoVenezuela108,000
37Kenneth SmaronUSA471,000
38Samuel GagnonCanada93,000
41Jason KoonUSA347,000
42Michael LechUSA537,000
43Anthony DiotteCanada295,000
44Caufman TalleyUSA159,000
45Andres CarrilloColombia145,000
46Fabrice De BenedictisSwitzerland158,000
47Jason WheelerMexico184,000
48Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania316,000
Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz still in

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