Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Nosebleed Cash Player Millar Bags Day 1a Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Alex "Kanu7" Millar has early lead at PCA.
Alex "Kanu7" Millar has early lead at PCA.

Alex Millar raced out ahead of the field early on during Day 1a of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,300 Main Event and nobody was able to catch him after the eight levels of play wrapped up for the night. The British heads-up cash-game specialist known as "Kanu7" online finished with 169,100, good for a solid lead over the second-place stack of 145,200, held by another well-known online cash player, Dani "Ansky" Stern.

Millar and Stern led 139 survivors out of 220 registered players. Andrew Whitaker (108,700), Naoya Kihara (108,100), Jason Helder (99,500), Scott Seiver (86,500), Tony Gregg (84,800), Ankush Mandavia (80,000), Ole Schemion (74,300), Chris Moneymaker (65,000), Marco Johnson (54,000), Shannon Shorr (49,100), defending champ Dominik Panka (42,200), Daniel Colman (40,500), Vanessa Selbst (39,300), George Danzer (37,500), and Isaac Haxton (26,500) were also among those advancing to Saturday's Day 2.

Millar had the chip lead as early as Level 4 (100/200/25) when he was noted with about 65,000. He ran it up in part by torturing Sergey Pronin, first allowing Pronin to bet all three streets on a {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Spades}{k-Clubs} board with the {k-Spades}{8-Spades} only for Millar to show the {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. Then, during Level 7 (250/500/50), Millar fired 9,000 into a pot of about 11,000 on the end when Pronin checked to him on the {a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} board. Pronin called but couldn't beat his opponent's {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}.

Stern grabbed an early double against Antonio Buonanno when Buonanno bet 2,500 from the small blind and saw Stern shove all in for 10,300 on the button. The board read {2-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{7-Spades}, and Buonanno thought for a couple of minutes, counting out his stack. He appeared to have about 31,000 behind the bet, and he softly announced a call.

Stern tabled the {9-Spades}{2-Spades} for a flush on the river, and Buonanno let out a frustrated sigh before counting out the requisite chips to pay Stern, who kept climbing from there and was the only one who really threatened to take over the chip lead from Millar.

Some players who failed to bag stacks included Jeff Madsen, Jean-Robert Bellande, Hans Winzeler, Brian Yoon, Michael Mizrachi, Fabian Ortiz, Emil Patel, Cliff Josephy, and Keven Stammen.

The PCA Main Event will resume at noon local time on Friday, when cards will fly for Day 1b. PokerNews will once again be providing live coverage, so be sure to return to follow all the live action straight from the tournament floor.

While you wait, check out this fun-filled video with Remko Rinkema trying out some local Bahamian rum at the John Watling's distillery:

Tags: Alex MillarDani Stern

End-of-Day Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Alex Millar gb
Alex Millar
gb 169,100 19,100
Dani Stern us
Dani Stern
us 145,200 200
Jason Helder us
Jason Helder
us 124,800 25,300
Owen Crowe ca
Owen Crowe
ca 121,000 28,850
Andrew Whitaker us
Andrew Whitaker
us 108,700 108,700
Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
jp 108,100 8,100
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 99,600 99,600
Chris Moneymaker us
Chris Moneymaker
us 97,200 32,200
Tyler Cornell us
Tyler Cornell
us 96,300
Oleg Perepletchikov RU
Oleg Perepletchikov
RU 92,100 92,100
Chad Eveslage us
Chad Eveslage
us 88,800 33,400
Paul Ephremsen gb
Paul Ephremsen
gb 87,100 87,100
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 86,500 13,000
Ankush Mandavia us
Ankush Mandavia
us 85,600 5,600
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 84,800 32,900
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 77,500 34,425
Michael Kamran us
Michael Kamran
us 76,000 12,800
Niklas Hambitzer DE
Niklas Hambitzer
DE 75,500
George Patsiopoulos
George Patsiopoulos
74,600 29,300
Sean Dempsey us
Sean Dempsey
us 74,300
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 74,300 44,800
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 72,600 22,600
Lee Markholt us
Lee Markholt
us 71,800 23,400
Mateusz Zbikowski PL
Mateusz Zbikowski
PL 71,500
Mark Herm us
Mark Herm
us 70,200

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Gruneberg Folds to Kihara

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Zachary Gruneberg bet 2,250 from the button on a board of {k-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{3-Spades}{a-Spades}, and Naoya Kihara raised it to 7,800 from the big blind. Gruneberg called, and Kihara put him to the test for his last 22,000 or so on the {8-Spades} river. Gruneberg shook his head and thought for about a minute before flicking the dealer his cards.

Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
jp 100,000 22,400
Zachary Gruneberg us
Zachary Gruneberg
us 22,300 -7,700

Tags: Naoya KiharaZach Gruneberg

Three More Hands

[user272102] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The tournament staff has announced that they will be dealing three more hands before play concludes for the night.

Bellande and Madsen Done

[user272102] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

We didn't catch the hands but the seat formerly occupied by Jean-Robert Bellande has been filled by another player and Jeff Madsen just made a hurried exit from the table as the player to his immediate left stacked the rest of his chips.

Jean-Robert Bellande us
Jean-Robert Bellande
us Busted
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
us Busted

Jones Wins a Small Pot off Selbst

[user272102] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

We got to the table with approximately 7,000 already in the pot and the dealer putting out a flop of {8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. Vanessa Selbst checked to Aaron Jones who tossed out a blue T5,000 chip while announcing a bet of 3,300. Selbst called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and both players checked leading to the {Q-Spades} on the river. Selbst checked a third time and Jones repeated his flop action by tossing out a blue chip while announcing a 3,300 bet.

"How much?" asked Selbst. The dealer told her the amount and she thought for nearly a minute before deciding to fold.

Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
us 41,000 -29,000
Aaron Jones us
Aaron Jones
us 33,000 7,750

Tags: Aaron JonesVanessa Selbst

Helder Busts Winzeler

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Jason Helder raised it up on the button and then called the shove of Hans Winzeler, who had about 11,000 in the small blind.

Helder: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Winzeler: {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}

The {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop gave Helder a big lead with nines, and he held it as the {9-Diamonds} and {j-Clubs} hit the last two streets.

"Good call," Winzeler said before leaving.

Jason Helder us
Jason Helder
us 99,500
Hans Winzeler us
Hans Winzeler
us Busted

Tags: Hans WinzelerJason Helder

Stern Five-Bets Baumann

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

We found Dani Stern with a three-bet of 4,600 in front of him in the big blind, and Gaelle Baumann made it 10,500 to go from under the gun. A third player mucked, and Stern announced all in. Baumann wasted no time sending her cards to the dealer, preserving her last 24,000 or so.

Dani Stern us
Dani Stern
us 145,000 20,000
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
Winamax Team Pro
fr 24,000 -6,000

Tags: Dani SternGaelle Baumann

Scott Seiver is Funny

[user272102] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver

With the board showing {7-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, Antonio Da Silva checked to Scott Seiver who smiled and loudly said "I check."

The dealer put out the {5-Diamonds} on the river and Da Silva deferred to Seiver who grabbed some chips and said "can I bet this much?" He grabbed a few more.

"This much?"

Da Silva let out a small laugh. "You're funny," he said.

Seiver took that as an invitation to make a bet and put out 2,500 which was instantly called by Da Silva. Seiver proudly turned over his hand, {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, knowing he had lost the pot. He had, as Da Silva had been ahead the entire time with his {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and hit a five-high straight on the river.

"Nice poker," acknowledged Seiver to his opponent. Despite the small hit, Seiver is still looking good with a stack of 73,500 as the tournament nears the end of play for the day.

Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 73,500 18,000
Antonio Da Silva
Antonio Da Silva

Tags: Scott Seiver