2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$25,000 High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
k8
Prize
$1,105,040
Event Info
Buy-in
$24,000
Prize Pool
$6,456,000
Entries
269
Level Info
Level
35
Blinds
250,000 / 500,000
Ante
50,000

$25,000 High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Scott Seiver Bags Day 1 Chip Lead, Schindler Lives to Defend Title

Level 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Scott Seiver Leads the Pack
Scott Seiver Leads the Pack

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.

While you wait, check out Chris Moneymaker losing to our very own Remko Rinkema in beer pong:

Tags: Scott Seiver

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Player Chips Progress
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
307,300
64,300
64,300
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 7X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
272,000
272,000
272,000
EPT 1X Winner
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
271,100
-28,900
-28,900
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
262,000
2,000
2,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 4X Winner
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
258,800
48,800
48,800
John Krpan ca
John Krpan
253,900
253,900
253,900
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
244,700
46,700
46,700
EPT Main Event Champion
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Winamax
Donald Rae gb
Donald Rae
243,700
14,700
14,700
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
224,800
-25,200
-25,200
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
222,700
-20,300
-20,300
WSOP 1X Winner
Jaka Coaching
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
213,600
28,600
28,600
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
211,800
142,800
142,800
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
199,200
66,200
66,200
Zvi Stern il
Zvi Stern
197,600
197,600
197,600
Lawrence Greenberg us
Lawrence Greenberg
193,400
14,400
14,400
WPT 1X Winner
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
193,400
8,400
8,400
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard
187,500
500
500
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
179,600
5,600
5,600
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 1X Winner
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
178,000
8,000
8,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ilkin Garibli az
Ilkin Garibli
174,300
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
174,200
124,200
124,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
173,500
67,500
67,500
WSOP 2X Winner
Ilkin Amirov az
Ilkin Amirov
170,000
47,000
47,000
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
166,000
-4,000
-4,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
165,100
53,100
53,100
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner
Winamax

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Hutter Loses Chip Lead at the End

Level 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Barry Hutter
Barry Hutter

With the final board reading {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}, 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 {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for two pair, but that was no good against Sotiropoulos' {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} 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."

Player Chips Progress
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
260,000
192,000
192,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 4X Winner
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
170,000
-135,000
-135,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Barry HutterGeorgios SotiropoulosJason MercierWill Failla

Panyak Doubles Through Deeb

Level 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante

On a flop of {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, 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: {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Panyak: {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Deeb was able to hit two pair on the {k-Clubs} river, but it was after Panyak turned a better two pair with the {9-Clubs}.

Player Chips Progress
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
100,100
-44,900
-44,900
$25K Fantasy
Team Lucky
WSOP 6X Winner
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
60,000
26,500
26,500

Tags: Maxim PanyakShaun Deeb

Zaki's Four-Bet Takes It Down

Level 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante

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.

Player Chips Progress
Justin Zaki us
Justin Zaki
155,000
31,500
31,500
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
65,000
-49,000
-49,000

Tags: Justin ZakiRichard Dubini