Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller is always one of the biggest and most stacked events of the year, and this year is no different.
After Day 1, American Dustin Johns led the way with 298,100 in chips, followed by World Poker Tour champions Jared Jaffee and Olivier Busquet. The first day of this event drew a total of 214 entries, with late registration open until the start of Day 2.
Busquet, who also won the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona for €896,434 in 2014 after beating his good friend Daniel Colman heads up, had a stellar day and bagged up 257,400 while he's in preparation for a six-figure MMA match with JC Alvarado.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon bagged up 294,000 after having held the chip lead for most of the day. Yoon knocked out Georgios Sotiropoulos with queens to ace-king, and that put him at the top.
Faraz Jaka, who finished third in the PCA Main Event in 2012, finished on 254,900, while two-time WPT winner Marvin Rettenmaier will take 190,100 to Day 2.
Former NFL star, seven-time Pro Bowler, and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour played on Day 1 as well, but after busting in the last level he had to reenter. Seymour had support from current Houston Texans player, and former New England Patriots teammate, Vince Wilfork, who came to check on his friend numerous times. Seymour survived the day and will come back tomorrow to chase after a spot at the final table.
During the day, Sarah Herring called the clock Seymour in the following video:
Among the shorter stacks that will be coming into Day 2, you've got EPT Grand Final champions Adrian Mateos with 58,000 and Steve O'Dwyer with 47,600, plus Team PokerStars Pro members Andre Akkari (59,100) and Jason Mercier (81,800).
Play will resume on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time and another 10 levels will be played. PokerNews.com will be right there with you for all the live updates, chip counts, and photos, so be sure to stay tuned.
|Jeff Gross||partypoker Twitch Team||166,100||19,100|
Marvin Rettenmaier and Darren Elias got in a preflop raising war that ended with the latter five-bet shipping from the button and the former calling in the cutoff. Elias slowly revealed an , but he wasn't in bad shape as Rettenmaier held . The race went to Rettenmaier though, as the door card was followed by . Elias needed running cards, and the turn ended things.
"That was a bold snap," Anthony Zinno said with a smile.
The remaining field will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for any last-minute action, a list of chip counts, and a full recap of the Day 1 action.
Ole Schemion jammed from the button for 28,100, and big blind Brian Altman made the call shortly after getting a count. The German stood up in anticipation after seeing his was flipping against , and the runout agreed with him.
At the same table, Olivier Busquet's clean living has clearly agreed with him as he's in contention for the chip lead with a bit shy of 300,000.
The pot was already bloated from preflop action with an flop on the felt when two players checked to Michael Telker. He bet 9,000, and Jeff Gross called in the big blind. A player under the gun came along as well, and the turn was a . Gross asked to see Telker's stack, which looked to be around 40,000. He then led out with what looked to be 38,000, eliciting two quick folds.
|Jeff Gross||partypoker Twitch Team||147,000||12,000|
We saw Paul Volpe collecting his things and exiting the tournament area. A quick check with his former table confirmed that he'd just been eliminated at the hands of Robert Gorodetsky, who is sitting with a mountain of chips.
According to Gorodetsky, Volpe had shoved for his last 25,000 of so holding and he called with . The board ran out clean and Volpe hit the rail.
Gorodetsky then explained "the big one," which he had won a short time earlier. As he told it, he held pocket tens when he and another player, who held , saw a flop of . His opponent bet, Gorodetsky called, and a peeled off on the turn.
His opponent bet 45,000 holding Broadway, Gorodetsky called, and a second paired the board on the river. The player with the straight moved all in for a good chunk of change, and Gorodetsky, who barely had him covered, snap-called with tens full of queens.
Scott Seiver may have fallen on hard times since we last saw him, as he was all in for 17,500 when we arrived at his table. He held the and was at risk against Joe McKeehen's . The board ran out in Seiver's favor as he flopped a ten, enabling him to survive.