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Fisher Leads After Day 2 of PCA

mnuwwarah • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Walter Fisher got a big stack early and held his lead.
Walter Fisher got a big stack early and held his lead.

After two Day 1 flights, the remaining players in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event all sat down in the same room for Day 2, with over 500 players to start the day. Following five 90-minute levels, Walter Fisher emerged as the leader when he bagged 497,000 in chips. Fisher holds a slight lead over Hugh Drummond (456,800) and Juan Martin Pastor (446,000).

Fisher, an amateur player, said most of his poker consists of playing cash games in Los Angeles. He came to the PCA with a trio of recognizable names (Bill Perkins, Jeff Gross, and Sorel Mizzi), and said he had the good fortune to hit a few sets against fellow big stacks holding aces. Despite his excellent early position, Fisher is taking the long view.

"I'm trying to get rest and keep myself nice and calm because it's only Day 2 and there's so many days," Fisher said. "I've seen so many of my friends go through it with monster stacks and end up being massively upset because they punted away their chips."

As for Drummond, he won a monster pot late in the day when Sebastian Von Toperczer shoved over his 47,000 reraise for about 150,000 during Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300), the last of the night. Drummond snapped it off with {a-}{a-}, and his bullets held up against Von Toperczer's {q-}{q-}.

Surviving were 175 players to advance to Sunday's Day 3. Other notables to advance included Pratyush Buddiga (357,900), Jim Collopy (342,000), Daniel Negreanu (295,600), Liv Boeree (247,100), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (212,400), Ole Schemion (192,600), Olivier Busquet (190,700), Mike Leah (185,400), retired Brazilian footballer Ronaldo (146,300), former World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (77,700), and Jason Mercier (49,000).

One player who failed to make it through was defending champion Dominik Panka. Last year, the Polish player defeated Mike McDonald heads up to capture the title and more than $1.4 million in prize money. Panka fell at some point during Level 10.

Faraz Jaka, Jacob Bazeley, Vanessa Selbst, pro golfer Sergio Garcia, David "Bakes" Baker, Jake Cody, Tony Gregg, Dan Kelly, 2003 Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker, Shaun Deeb, Randy "nanonoko" Lew, former PCA winner Harrison Gimbel, and 2014 WSOP Player of the Year George Danzer were also among those eliminated during the course of play.

Gregg had a big stack for much of the day, but found himself short during the last level of the night. Following a flop of {6-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, the man many refer to as "End Boss" was all in for about 22,000 with the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} against the {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} held by German superstar Ole Schemion. Despite Gregg flopping a full house, Schemion caught the {J-Spades} turn to take the lead and further improved to quads with the {J-Diamonds} river to deliver a painful end to Gregg's tournament.

Play will resume at noon local time on Sunday for Day 3, and PokerNews will continue to provide live coverage. Meanwhile, check out the latest episode of Ivey Stories.

Tags: Hugh DrummondTony GreggWalter Fisher

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Walter Fisher us
Walter Fisher
us 497,000 62,000
Hugh Drummond ca
Hugh Drummond
ca 456,800 76,800
Juan Martin Pastor ar
Juan Martin Pastor
ar 446,000 31,000
Adam Reynolds gb
Adam Reynolds
gb 378,500 -11,500
Diego Ventura pe
Diego Ventura
pe 362,800 92,800
Jesse Rockowitz us
Jesse Rockowitz
us 359,700 69,700
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 357,900 17,900
Jim Collopy us
Jim Collopy
us 342,000 8,000
Carlos Chadha us
Carlos Chadha
us 322,800 12,800
Tim Reilly us
Tim Reilly
us 322,400 92,400
Tyler Cornell us
Tyler Cornell
us 314,800 134,800
Christopher Lockhart ca
Christopher Lockhart
ca 306,900 11,900
Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
jp 301,800 75,800
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 295,600 140,600
Mario Puccini de
Mario Puccini
de 294,400 -85,600
Eugenio Mattar BR
Eugenio Mattar
BR 271,800 243,500
Felipe Carrico
Felipe Carrico
268,500 181,000
Uwe Ritter DE
Uwe Ritter
DE 266,700 6,700
Lothar Meier DE
Lothar Meier
DE 266,100 169,300
Oleg Perepletchikov RU
Oleg Perepletchikov
RU 261,000 168,900
Carter Swidler ca
Carter Swidler
ca 258,400 8,400
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 247,100 -22,900
Stefano Terziani it
Stefano Terziani
it 246,900 86,900
Alex Klimashin RU
Alex Klimashin
RU 246,900 111,900
Juan Etcheverry ar
Juan Etcheverry
ar 246,400 11,400

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Mercier Loses Two As Night Nears End

donpeters • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier just lost back-to-back pots near the end of the night. The first hand was lost to Jose Manuel Nadal, but it was the second that would hurt a bit more.

On the first, Mercier raised to 4,000 from the hijack seat and received a call from Nadal, who was acting out of the big blind. After Nadal checked the {J-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop, he checked and Mercier bet 3,700 with the flick of his wrist. Nadal called, and the turn was the {5-Hearts}. Both players checked, and then checked the {K-Spades} river card. Nadal showed the {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for a pair of jacks, and he won the pot. Mercier mucked.

On the very next deal of the cards, Mercier opened from middle position to 4,000. An unknown opponent called on the button, and everyone else folded.

The flop was {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, and Mercier continued with a bet of 3,600. His opponent raised to 11,200, and Mercier called. The turn was the {5-Hearts}, and both players checked to see the {8-Diamonds} pair the board on the river. That's where Mercier checked and his opponent bet 23,000. Mercier tanked for a bit, before finally tossing in the call. His opponent showed a flopped straight with the {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, and Mercier mucked his hand.

Jose Manuel Nadal MX
Jose Manuel Nadal
MX 108,000 52,800
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 58,500 -33,500

Tags: Jason MercierJose Manuel Nadal

Four More Hands

[user272102] • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

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

Buddiga Busts Klein, Soars

Josh_Cahlik • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Three players including Pratyush Buddiga and Philip Klein took a flop of {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{A-Spades} in a raised pot. There were two checks over to Buddiga and he fired out a bet of 7,500. Klein replied by moving all in over the top for approximately 80,000. It folded back to Buddiga and he announced a call.

Buddiga: {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Klein: {10-Spades}{9-Spades}

Buddiga led with top two pair and he retained that lead as Klein bricked through the {10-Hearts} on the turn and the {5-Clubs} on the river. Buddiga stacked his new chips and boosted his stack to about 340,000.

Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 340,000 175,600
Philip Klein BR
Philip Klein
BR Busted

Tags: Pratyush Buddiga

Bujtas Doubles Through Chadha

Josh_Cahlik • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Carlos Chadha opened to 4,000 from the button and Laszlo Bujtas three-bet shipped for 30,900 from the big blind. Chadha called and the hands were turned on their backs.

Chadha: {A-Spades}{9-Spades}
Bujtas: {Q-Hearts}{8-Spades}

The flop fell {Q-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, pairing Bujtas but giving Chadha four to a spade flush and an inside Broadway draw.

"I like this flop!" remarked Chadha.

Unfortunately, he disliked the turn and river as he failed to improve with the {K-Clubs} and the {J-Diamonds}. Bujtas doubled and now sits around 70,000 in chips.

Carlos Chadha us
Carlos Chadha
us 310,000 -45,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 70,000 -29,600

Tags: Carlos Chadha