$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
Day 2 Completed
$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the record-breaking $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship as part of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has come to an end with just 207 players still in contention. Even before the cards got into the air at noon, the field had reached four-figures and another 26 hopefuls jumped in.
That created a field of 1,039 entries and monster prize pool of $26,455,500, making it one of the biggest events ever. The top 181 spots will take home a portion of that and a Bahamian flag for their Hendon Mob profiles. The winner can look forward to a life-changing payday of $5.1 million, which includes $1 million added by PokerStars. While the money spots were not reached throughout the eight 60-minute levels on Day 2, the bubble won't be far off when the action resumes for Day 3.
Leading the survivors into Day 3 will be Farid Jattin with 921,000. The high roller regular from Colombia edged past a trio of familiar faces in the final level of the night with Mustapha Kanit (888,000), Griffin Benger (885,000) and Julien Martini (832,000) hot on his heels. Jattin is certainly no unknown at the international poker tables — the regular on the European Poker Tour and Latin American Poker Tour has already racked up nearly $3 million in live cashes.
Martini continually increased his stack throughout the day and sent 2005 EPT Copenhagen champion Noah Boeken to the rail when flopping top two pair with eight-nine suited against the bottom pair and nut flush draw of the Dutchman. Kanit spent most of his day on the secondary feature table and Benger built up his stack without showdown in the final level of the night when taking on Sven McDermott twice.
Among the players that made the most of their late entry before the start of Day 2 were Brandon Adams and Ramin Hajiyev. Especially Hajiyev got involved in many big pots, making waves early on and ascending to the top mid-way through the day when he called the shove of Fox with ace-jack for flopped top pair and held against a king-high flush draw. Adams advanced to Day 3 with very respectable 731,000 and Hajiyev follows not far behind with 720,000.
Several Platinum Pass winners also bagged and tagged for the night, and Frenchman Alexandre De Zutter tops them all with 700,000. In the last break of the night, De Zutter had far less than that with just 250,000 and ran hot in the final two hours of the night. He admitted that he got lucky in one particular hand where he went runner-runner to beat a flopped nut flush with a full house before dropping a few chips at the very end of the day.
Other big stacks and notables include Athanasios Polychonopoulos (797,000), Martins Adeniya (748,000), start-of-the-day chip leader Talal Shakerchi (691,000), Ryan Olisar (650,000), Patrick "Iregption" Tardif (633,000), Kristen Bicknell (631,000), Dan O'Brien (622,000), Christoph Vogelsang (483,000) and Ryan Riess (354,000) to name just a few. Two players will represent the red spade on the third day in Benjamin Spragg (118,000) and Celina Lin (12,000).
With more than 700 players returning to their seats in the ballroom of the Atlantis Resort, many hopes were crushed and big names fell along the way. Phil Hellmuth lost a race with pocket tens against the ace-queen of John Andress on the feature table and defending PCA Main Event champion Maria Lampropulos was coolered with the flopped second nuts against the nut straight of Theo Da Cruz Lima.
Team PokerStars suffered heavy losses on Day 2, as Lex Veldhuis and Kevin Martin were ousted in the first level of the day, Team Pro Jen Shahade and Team Online's Randy Lew followed soon after. Aditya Agarwal, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Chris Moneymaker, Jake Cody and Jason Somerville all bowed out before bagging and tagging. The dream of Jaime Staples to make a deep run ended in the final level of the night when his pocket jacks were outflopped by Marvin Rettenmaier's ace-jack.
By then, popular Platinum Pass winners Joey Ingram, Kevin "Kevmath" Mathers, Linda Johnson and other big names such as Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, Mike Watson, UFC's Bruce Buffer, Alex Foxen, Jason and Natasha Mercier were just a few victims of the fast-paced action of the day.
The $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship will continue with Day 3 on Tuesday at noon local time with blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a big blind ante of 8,000. The money bubble is expected to burst in the first few levels of the day and once the money has been reached, the 30-second clock comes into play.
As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all you need to know about one of the biggest poker events to date.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||1||Ajay Chabra||United States||317,000||40|
|1||2||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||200,000||25|
|1||4||Ajay Gnanasambanthan||United States||83,000||10|
|1||6||Vojtech Ruzicka||Czech Republic||239,000||30|
|1||8||Scott Baumstein||United States||479,000||60|
|2||1||Robert Mizrachi||United States||208,000||26|
|2||2||Dan Shak||United States||451,000||56|
|2||4||Ori Kossonogi||United States||335,000||42|
|2||5||Oscar Hilario Quijada||Argentina||306,000||38|
|2||6||Jake Schwartz||United States||211,000||26|
|2||7||Evan Mathis||United States||253,000||32|
|3||3||David Paredes||United States||350,000||44|
|4||2||Dan O'Brien||United States||622,000||78|
|4||3||Peter Brankin||United Kingdom||112,000||14|
|4||4||Bryan Piccioli||United States||268,000||34|
|4||5||David Key||United States||95,000||12|
|4||7||Patrick Tien Min Lynn Liang||Brazil||209,000||26|
|5||4||Tracey Guice||United States||256,000||32|
|5||6||Edward Sebesta||United States||355,000||44|
|5||8||Athanasios Polychronopoulos||United States||797,000||100|
|6||1||Alexandre De Zutter||France||700,000||88|
|6||2||Tim Reilly||United States||274,000||34|
|6||3||Matt Affleck||United States||230,000||29|
|6||4||Upeshka De Silva||United States||435,000||54|
|6||6||Matthew Wantman||United States||171,000||21|
|7||2||Stian Kulseth Ustad||Norway||132,000||17|
|7||4||Brock Wilson||United States||77,000||10|
|7||5||Atanas Georgiev Pavlov||Bulgaria||499,000||62|
|7||6||Jeffrey Sluzinski||United States||213,000||27|
|7||7||Damien Le Goff||France||437,000||55|
|8||1||Jason Koonce||United States||214,000||27|
|8||3||Brandon Welter||United States||127,000||16|
|8||5||Richard Seymour||United States||280,000||35|
|8||8||Talal Shakerchi||United Kingdom||691,000||86|
|9||1||Derik Li||United States||378,000||47|
|9||3||Victor Zabukas Begara||Brazil||360,000||45|
|9||4||Benjamin Spragg||United Kingdom||118,000||15|
|10||2||Mario Silvestri||United States||410,000||51|
|10||3||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||285,000||36|
|10||6||Thi Xoa Nguyen||France||194,000||24|
|10||7||Adriano Dias Marques||Brazil||177,000||22|
|11||2||Dustin Dirksen||United States||362,000||45|
|11||3||Christopher Kennedy||United States||426,000||53|
|11||5||Anthony Maio||United States||189,000||24|
|11||6||Josh Reichard||United States||194,000||24|
|11||8||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||67,000||8|
|12||1||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||259,000||32|
|12||4||Sam Simmons||United States||215,000||27|
|12||6||Scott Stewart||United States||186,000||23|
|12||7||Blair Hinkle||United States||329,000||41|
|13||1||Adrian Echave Samu||Spain||698,000||87|
|13||2||Jose Montes||United States||549,000||69|
|13||3||Martins Adeniya||United Kingdom||748,000||94|
|13||5||David Mock||United States||170,000||21|
|13||7||Ryan Olisar||United States||650,000||81|
|14||1||Luke Marsh||United Kingdom||630,000||79|
|14||2||Willliam Batista Arruda||Brazil||34,000||4|
|14||3||Will Failla||United States||280,000||35|
|14||5||Clifford Ellefson||United States||218,000||27|
|15||1||Sean Winter||United States||279,000||35|
|15||2||John Esposito||United States||274,000||34|
|15||4||Rodrigo Marques Carmo||Portugal||111,000||14|
|15||6||Russell Crane||United States||391,000||49|
|15||7||Yiannis Liperis||United Kingdom||402,000||50|
|15||8||Lawrence Bayley||United Kingdom||504,000||63|
|16||2||Omar Del Pino||Spain||545,000||68|
|16||3||Tony Gregg||United States||301,000||38|
|16||4||Charles Alex-Barton||United States||115,100||14|
|16||5||Justin Young||United States||207,000||26|
|17||5||Erik Von Buxhoeveden||Austria||257,000||32|
|17||6||Tzai Wei Phua||Singapore||515,000||64|
|17||8||Jack O'Neill||United Kingdom||283,000||35|
|18||4||Brandon Hall||United States||65,000||8|
|18||5||Bill Perkins||United States||71,000||9|
|18||6||Toby Lewis||United Kingdom||124,000||16|
|19||2||Jonathan West||United States||438,000||55|
|19||4||Ricardo Calle Rodriguez||Spain||45,000||6|
|19||5||Farid Jattin||United States||921,000||115|
|19||6||Craig Mason||United States||106,000||13|
|20||3||Jacqueline Burkhart||United States||285,000||36|
|20||7||Alex Keating||United States||221,000||28|
|20||8||Darren Elias||United States||411,000||51|
|21||3||Jared Palmer||United States||253,000||32|
|21||4||Taylor Black||United States||140,000||18|
|21||6||Sosia Jiang||New Zealand||489,000||61|
|22||5||Paul Leckey||United Kingdom||108,000||14|
|22||8||Samuel Gonzalez Mohino Gomez||Spain||118,000||15|
|23||3||Murilo Souza Figueredo||Brazil||156,000||20|
|23||7||Joshua Miller||United States||93,000||12|
|24||1||Esteban Garcia||United States||138,000||17|
|24||3||David Benefield||United States||135,000||17|
|24||4||Victor Ramdin||United States||117,000||15|
|24||6||Michael Dix||United States||429,000||54|
|24||7||Dylan Linde||United States||147,000||18|
|24||8||Christian Harder||United States||122,000||15|
|25||1||Kane Kalas||United States||119,000||15|
|25||2||Juan Ollero Vidal||Spain||165,000||21|
|25||4||Ryan Riess||United States||354,000||44|
|25||7||Frank Kassela||United States||267,000||33|
|25||8||Andjelko Andrejevic||United States||312,000||39|
|26||1||Warren Sheaves||United States||249,000||31|
|26||2||Brandon Adams||United States||731,000||91|
|26||4||Joey Couden||United States||641,000||80|
|26||6||Andrew Graham||United States||272,000||34|
|Alexandre De Zutter||700,000||-180,000|
|Adrian Echave Samu||698,000||603,400|
Gianluca Speranza shoved all in for around 136,000 from the small blind and his opponent in the big blind called.
The board ran out for Speranza to not get any help of the board and be eliminated in the last hand of the night.
Just after the last hands of the night were announced, Rui Ferreira and Samuel Gonzalez Mohino Gomez got into a raising war and the latter ended up being the one to move all in. Ferreira called it off to put himself at risk for the following showdown.
Samuel Gonzalez Mohino Gomez:
The flop was some magic for Ferreira, who improved to the nut flush. After the turn, the massive double was secured and the river represented a mere formality.
While Ferreira jumped to an impressive stack thanks to that double, it is just shy of half of Farid Jattin's monster stack on the same table and the Colombian battles with Mustapha Kanit for the overnight chip lead.
Samuel Gonzalez Mohino Gomez
According to the screens there are 215 players remaining and they will play another three hands before bagging and tagging.
Ben Heath jammed for 97,000 on the button and Vladas Tamasauskas carefully checked his stack before making the call out of the big blind.
"I am all in," Heath indicated to nearby Jack Salter, who jumped over and immediately said "oh, you even have the jack of clubs." Sure enough, the flop rolled off to give Heath a full house. The turn and river were a mere formality.
The action folded around to Sven McDermott in the small blind who just limped in. Griffin Benger checked his option in the big blind and the two players saw a flop of . McDermott led out for 8,000 and Benger made the call.
The turn brought the and McDermott made another small bet of 9,000. Benger still called and the completed the board. McDermott tossed in a bet of 15,000 and Benger bumped it up to 52,000. McDermott instantly mucked his cards and Benger raked in another pot to close in on the chip lead.
Marc-Andre Ladouceur moved all in from early position and was called by Will Failla out of the blinds.
Ladouceur had the and faced the of Failla. The flop all but sealed the fate of Ladouceur, but he had backdoor diamonds or aces as outs. The turn was indeed a sweat, but the river bricked off.