Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
That's all she wrote from Day 1 of the $25,000 High Roller at the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. After 10 hours of play, the surviving players have bagged up their chips to return for the second day of action. In the end it was none other than 2013 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller champion Scott Seiver who bagged up the top spot on the chip counts with 307,000 in chips.
Seiver emerged as the one of the top stacks in the room about halfway through the day and was able to ride that momentum to the very top of the counts by the end of the night. Other top stacks include Oleksii Khoroshenin (272,00), Niall Farrell (271,000), Georgios Sotiropoulos (262,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (258,800).
The event attracted a record-breaking 257 entries throughout Day 1, and that stemmed from 197 unique players and 60 reentries. This trumps last year's record-setting performance of 247 total entries. With registration still open until the start of Day 2, this total is expected to soar to an even higher one.
This event offered a single reentry to players whose bankrolls were deep enough given an elimination on the first bullet. Among the players to take advantage of that were Ivan Luca, Antonio Buonanno, Darren Elias, Christoph Vogelsang, Kevin MacPhee, Ivan Luca, Max Altergott, Ole Schemion, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, and Sergio Aido.
While Seiver bagged up the top stack, he is among the most elite competition possible in poker. Some of the notable stacks to return for Day 2 include Davidi Kitai (244,700), Faraz Jaka (222,700), Dominik Nitsche (211,800), Tony Gregg (193,400), Dani Stern (145,100), Brandon Steven (137,700), Mike McDonald (113,900), Shaun Deeb (110,700), and this year's $100,000 Super High Roller champion Steve O'Dwyer (84,700). Also returning to the felt on Day 2 is reigning champion Jake Schindler, who bagged a solid stack of 128,500.
Team PokerStars Pro also had a solid showing with several of the professionals advancing to the second day. Among those returning are Jason Mercier (153,800), Daniel Negreanu (153,300), Jake Cody (124,300), and Eugene Katchalov (41,800).
Some of the players to fire two bullets but ultimately come up short include Isaac Haxton, Matt Waxman, and Buonanno.
Play resumes at 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the luxurious Atlantis Paradise Island. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest from the tournament floor.
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With the final board reading , Barry Hutter checked to Georgios Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos fired a bet of 31,600, to which Hutter responded by moving all in. With just over 77,000 behind, Sotiropoulos went into the tank.
... and tank he did.
After seven or eight minutes of watching Sotiropoulos tank — so long that most of the other tables began to bag up their chips — Will "The Thrill" Failla asked for the clock. A member of the floor staff appeared, assessed the situation, and informed the table that he wouldn't put the clock on Sotiropoulos because the tournament clock had been stopped and Sotiropoulos wasn't wasting any time actual tournament time.
"You know you're wrong, right?" said Failla straight away. "We can't just sit here all night."
"We've still got more hands to play, that can't be right," said Jason Mercier, who was also seated at the table.
A second member of the floor staff came over and it was determined that the clock would in fact be put on Sotiropoulos. After about 45 seconds passed, Sotiropoulos stuck in his chips to make the call.
Hutter tabled the for two pair, but that was no good against Sotiropoulos' for the nut flush. Sotiropoulos was all in on the river for a total of 108,800 and doubled to about 260,000. Hutter was left with about 170,000 in chips.
"Get the f*** outta here with that hand!" exclaimed Failla, very surprised at how long Sotiropoulos took with the nut flush. "I thought he had aces."
"I thought he had a full house," commented Mercier with a smile.
"A full house?!?!" said Failla. "You guys are f***ing wizards over here."
On a flop of , we found Shaun Deeb in the small blind considering calling the shove of big blind Maxim Panyak. It was about 19,000 into a pot of around 22,000, and Deeb splashed in a call.
Deeb was able to hit two pair on the river, but it was after Panyak turned a better two pair with the .
Justin Zaki opened the action with a raise to 3,200 from early position. It was folded to Richard Dubini who was on the cutoff. Dubini reraised to 8,500. Zaki thought for over a minute before putting in a four-bet to 21,400. Dubini folded to give Zaki the pot.
Tournament staff has announced four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
Juan Francisco Garcia opened under the gun and then got his last 22,000 or so all in against small blind Jean-Pascal Savard.
A flop brought nothing for Garcia, and the last two streets bricked out.
Ollie Price was all in with , Bertrand Grospellier held and Samuel Bongard had them both covered with . The board ran out , giving Bongard aces full of deuces to score the double elimination.
Max Altergott was all in for 27,300 with against the held by Byron Kaverman. The board ran out , giving Altergott a pair of aces to double up.