Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The penultimate day of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has come to a close and with it Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller. The day began with 117 returning players and registration remained open for new entries and re-entries up until the start of play. After ten full levels of play just 11 players remained with Jean-Pascal Savard leading the way.
The day kicked off with poker's elite hitting the felt with the hopes of winning a slice of this massive prize pool. By the time registration closed, the event earned a total of 269 entries for a record-setting PCA High Roller. Interestingly enough, this also became the seventh largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. The total prize pool amounted to $6,456,000 with the top 39 players making the money. Each player to make the money was guaranteed a payday of at least $44,540, while first place was guaranteed an astounding $1,294,460.
Play kicked off at a rapid pace with players flying toward the rail in elimination. Some of the players to exit before the money bubble was reached were Eugene Katchalov, Jason Koon, Aaron Massey, Mike McDonald, Shannon Shorr, Tony Gregg, Dan Shak, and reigning champion Jake Schindler.
The quick pace continued through the money bubble, as it burst before the field could even begin hand-for-hand play. A short-stacked Jeff Rossiter was eliminated at the hands of Zvi Stern. Simultaneously, Paul Volpe was eliminated from another player in the room to guarantee the top 39 players in the room a payday.
While the field of this event was stacked with some of the top poker players in the world, some of the more notable names to make the money include Igor Kurganov (30th), Darren Elias (29th), Davidi Kitai (25th), Jonathan Karamilikis (24th), Niall Farrell (21st), Garrett Greer (17th), and Taylor Paur (15th).
Team PokerStars Pro also had a fair showing in this event with three of their team members making the money. Those to cash include Jake Cody (32nd), Andre Akkari (16th), and Daniel Negreanu (14th). Negreanu had a spectacular clash with Dan Heimiller toward the end of the night that resulted in the former's elimination from play. On a flop of , Heimiller led out with a bet of 60,000. Negreanu came over the top for 175,000 and Heimiller thought a moment before announcing that he was all in. Negreanu called for his tournament life of roughly 250,000 more and rolled over for top two pair. Hemiller showed an open-ended straight draw with . In the end, the fell on the turn and the spiked the river to give Heimiller a winning straight and eliminate KidPoker from play. Heimiller rode that momentum to finish the night third in chips with 2.123 million.
Play resumes at 12 p.m. local time where the final 11 runners will play until a champion is crowned. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest from this record-setting event!
Bryn Kenney opened to 35,000 from under the gun, and action folded to Jean-Pascal Savard in the small blind. He reraised to 104,000, and then Dan Heimiller kicked it up to 275,000 from the big blind. Kenney folded, and Savard went into the tank. He eventually folded, and Heimiller won the pot.
"Oh man, I didn't really want to play these for all of my chips," said Heimiller, turning over the . "I was sizing up your stack and mine, but I guess I had the best hand."
From under the gun, Dan Heimiller raised to 45,000. In the next seat, Bryn Kenney reraised to 125,000. Action folded back to Heimiller, and he commented, "I was just kidding that time," and then folded to give Kenney the pot.
With 100,000 already in the pot, Jean-Pascal Savard checked to Dan Heimiller on the flop. Heimiller bet 80,000 and was called by Savard.
The turn was the and Savard check-called another bet from Heimiller, this time for 210,000.
The river was the putting four clubs on the board. Savard checked again and this time Heimiller followed suit.
"Ace of clubs," said Savard, turning over his rivered nut flush with the .
"Check this out," said Heimiller, turning over for a flopped set of sixes, adding "I guess it could have been a lot worse."
Nick Petrangelo opened to 35,000 from the cutoff and Piotr Franczak moved all in for around 315,000 from the button. Action folded back to Petrangelo and he snap-called.
The board ran out an uneventful , sending Franczak to the rail in 12th place for just under $100,000.
After a series of bets and raises, Ilkin Amirov found himself all in and at risk for his last 271,000 against Oleksii Khoroshenin. The hands were tabled to find the two racing for Amirov's tournament life.
The flop fell , giving Khoroshenin a few additional outs to make a straight and score the elimination. The paired the board on the turn, meaning that a jack or a five would also send Amirov to the rail. Unfortunately for Amirov, the was exactly what peeled off on the river. He was eliminated from play in 13th place and Khoroshenin boosted his stack to 2.45 million.
Lee Markholt opened to 32,000 from late position and Oleksii Khoroshenin called out of the big blind. The two would check on the flop and Khoroshenin led out for 65,000 on the turn.
The river was the and Khoroshenin bet again, this time for 125,000. Markholt made the call and would muck his hand after Khoroshenin turned over .
"You play big hands very well," said Scott Seiver. "Probably because you get so many of them," he added. Khoroshenin smiled, now up to 1,900,000. Markholt dropped to 780,000.
From the hijack seat, Joe Kuether raised to 35,000. Dan Heimiller called on the button, and Nick Petrangelo called from the big blind. From there, the three players saw the flop come down , and action checked to Heimiller. He moved all in, and both of his opponents folded.