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Day 1b Completed

Dietrich Fast Grabs Overall Chip Lead After Day 1b of the PCA Main Event

123md • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dietrich Fast
Dietrich Fast

The 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure resumed on Friday with Day 1b of the Main Event. A total of 587 players took to the felt and after eight levels of play, 368 of them bagged up and will join the 139 Day 1a survivors to play on Day 2. Leading the way is Dietrich Fast with 208,200

Late in the day, Fast and Curt Kohlberg collided in a pot that saw Fast nearly reach the 200K chip mark. The chips went in after the river of a board reading {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Kohlberg showed {A-}{K-Diamonds} for a pair of aces. Fast, however, tabled pocket sixes for sixes full of tens to soar to the top of the chip counts en route to bagging up the chip lead.

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu also bagged a solid stack of 85,400. He added a chunk of chips towards the end of the night after flopping a set with {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} on a {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board. Atanas Kavrikov was unable to get away from {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Negreanu held up to score the elimination. Other notables who will be returning on Day 2 include Stephen Chidwick (101,000), Pratyush Buddiga (84,300), Shawn Buchanan (82,600), Dylan Linde (79,200), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (76,400), Mike Leah (68,300), Aaron Massey (61,900) and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier (32,300).

The day did not go as well for many other notable players. 2012 PCA Main Event runner-up Kyle Julius got his chips in with {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} against David Robinson's {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and despite making a set, Julius was eliminated when the board ran out {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades}{3-Spades}, giving Robinson an ace-high straight. Others who were sent to the rail today include MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, Darren Elias, Calvin Anderson, Carlos Mortensen, Bill Perkins, Eddy Sabat, Jason Koon and Paul Newey.

Play resumes with Day 2 at noon local time Saturday. Registration remains open until the start of play and shortly after that, we will have the prize pool and payouts to share. Until then, get caught up with the full story behind Steve O'Dwyer's Super High Roller victory, as Donnie Peters and Remko Rinkema analyze his huge score.

Notable End-of-Day Chip Counts

Josh_Cahlik • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 208,200 9,200
Konstantinos Pantaridis US
Konstantinos Pantaridis
US 184,800 4,800
German Sakavichyus RU
German Sakavichyus
RU 152,000 25,000
Alexander Klimashin RU
Alexander Klimashin
RU 135,000 135,000
Steven Goosen CA
Steven Goosen
CA 114,800 114,800
Patrick Weifels DE
Patrick Weifels
DE 106,600 7,600
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 101,000 56,200
Bill Kontaratos CA
Bill Kontaratos
CA 100,800 100,800
Gustav Nordh
Gustav Nordh
90,000 -5,000
Randal Flowers us
Randal Flowers
us 89,500 15,000
Ami Alibay ca
Ami Alibay
ca 88,800 3,500
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 85,400 -4,300
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 84,300 -4,700
Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 82,600 52,600
Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us 79,200 29,200
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 76,400 30,400
Tony Ruberto us
Tony Ruberto
us 75,600 -400
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us 73,800 23,800
Ori Miller il
Ori Miller
il 72,000 42,000
Mickey Petersen dk
Mickey Petersen
dk 70,400 40,400
Trevor Pope us
Trevor Pope
us 70,000 40,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 68,400 14,900
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 68,300 24,800
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 67,400 34,400
Scott Baumstein us
Scott Baumstein
us 67,000 5,000

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Four More Hands

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

The tournament staff has announced that there will be four more hands before play concludes.

"Who Cares About That Math S***?"

mnuwwarah • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Daniel Negreanu got lucky on the flop.
Daniel Negreanu got lucky on the flop.

"Goin' for the big blue ones, huh?" Daniel Negreanu asked his opponent, who was reaching into his stack.

Negreanu had checked from the small blind in a 16,000 pot against his big blind opponent, Atanas Kavrikov, who bet 9,000 on the {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. Negreanu pushed all in, putting his opponent at risk for what looked to be around 20,000 more.

"Are you running that good?" Kavrikov asked, placing his stack in the middle and showing {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}.

Negreanu revealed he was indeed, as he he'd flopped a set with {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. The board ran out clean for Negreanu with the {9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}.

"I don't like folding pairs, man," Negreanu said with a smile. "Because you can always flop trips."

A player pointed out that Negreanu may have been getting the right odds.

"Nooo," Negreanu said. "But who cares about that math s***?"

Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 89,700 58,700
Atanas Kavrikov BG
Atanas Kavrikov
BG Busted

Tags: Daniel NegreanuAtanas Kavrikov

Engel Doubles Through Rachadel

Josh_Cahlik • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Action folded around to Bryn Kenney on the button and he cut out a raise to 1,500. Ari Engel was in the small blind and he three-bet all in for 5,575. Thiago Rachadel was in the big blind and he moved all in over the top of Engel's three-bet. Kenney folded and the hands were tabled with Engel all in and at risk.

Engel: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Rachadel: {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}

Engel was in a commanding position and he stayed that way through a {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{10-Spades} run out. He scored the double and now has about 12,000 to his name.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 12,000 -4,000

Tags: Bryn KenneyAri EngelThiago Rachadel

Massey's in a Hugging Mood

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

We got to the table with approximately 15,000 in the pot and the board showing {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. There was a bet of 7,100 in front of Aleksei Platonov and Aaron Massey was deep in thought over what to do. Finally he decided to fold and Platonov showed him {Q-}{Q-} for a turned set of queens.

"Yes!" beamed Massey, quickly turning over his hand, {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}, as he walked over to Platonov and gave him a hug, thanking him for showing.

"Good play," responded the Russian as Massey analyzed his lay down to the rest of the table.

Aleksei Platonov RU
Aleksei Platonov
RU 85,000
Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 50,000

Tags: Aaron Massey

Assorted Chip Counts

Josh_Cahlik • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Konstantinos Pantaridis US
Konstantinos Pantaridis
US 180,000
Carlos Chadha us
Carlos Chadha
us 70,000 -9,000
George Lind us
George Lind
us 55,000 3,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 53,500 9,000
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 49,500 49,500
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 46,000 -3,000
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 41,000 -4,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 37,500 -2,300
Griffin Benger ca
Griffin Benger
ca 32,000 14,000
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 30,500 -3,200
Will Failla us
Will Failla
us 30,000 5,000
David Diaz us
David Diaz
us 29,000 12,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de
Marvin Rettenmaier
de 28,500 -31,500
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 27,500 200
Brandon Steven us
Brandon Steven
us 26,500 1,500
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 18,000 1,900
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 15,000 3,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 14,500 -15,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 14,000 -3,300
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 12,000 -8,800
Andy Frankenberger us
Andy Frankenberger
us 9,500 -25,000