2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$10,300 PCA Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

$10,300 PCA Main Event

Day 2 Completed

The Money Bubble Bursts on Day 2; Pierre Calamusa Takes Commanding Lead

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
Pierre Calamusa
Pierre Calamusa

After six 90-minute levels on Day 2, the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $10,300 Main Event has burst the bubble and just 79 hopefuls remain in contention for the top prize of more than $1.5 million at the Atlantis Resort & Casino. The registration remained opened until the cards went back in the air and thanks to 19 late entrants and no-shows, a field of 865 entries emerged.

The field consisted of 623 unique players and 242 re-entries, creating a prize pool of $8,390,500 and the top 127 spots were paid with a min-cash of $17,620, the trophy and top prize of $1,567,100 are reserved for the winner. Pierre Calamusa tops the counts and has an advantage of more than the current average stack over his nearest followers, putting the Frenchman in prime position to better his 5th place in the 2016 EPT Monte-Carlo Main Event for €233,800. Calamusa started the day in the middle of the pack and dropped to as low as 50,000 before going on a rampage.

Along the way, Calamusa sent Niall Farrell and Bruno Lopes to the rail after the bubble had burst and won a big pot off Sam Greenwood, who bet all but one chip in the last hands of the night and was caught bluffing with king-high. Greenwood spun up the 5,000 to 57,000 and will be back for Day 3.

"I floated the flop and made top pair on the turn, and on the river he made a huge overbet. I didn't block any of his draws, and figured out he might be having a lot of bluffs. I made the hero call and it is always good to hear "you got it." Calamusa said in a short interview after bagging and tagging.

Pierre Calamusa
Bruno Lopes (left) and Pierre Calamusa

Farrell had his aces cracked shortly after the money burst when Calamusa called a three-bet with queen-jack suited and check-called two streets with top pair, then improved to a runner-runner flush. Lopes bluffed into his fellow countryman with eight-high as Calamusa rivered top pair with ace-queen before the big pot against Greenwood was the cherry on top.

"I have just been running like crazy all day, picking up hands all the time. When I bluffed, everyone just folded, when I value bet everyone called. Everything went my way and it was just one of those days where I couldn't lose."

Calamusa will start Day 3 with an astonishing 250 big blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a big blind of 6,000. Only one further player has crossed one million in chips and that is Spain's Vicent Bosca with 1,138,000. Other big stacks include Enrico Camosci (980,000), Matthias Eibinger (894,000), Pavel Veksler (808,000), Brian Altman (746,000) and Joao Simao (734,000).

Down to the last 10 tables, there are still dozens of notables left such as the PokerStars Ambassadors Andre Akkari (390,000) and Randy Lew (134,000), Scott Clements (591,000), Chino Rheem (437,000), Mike Leah (316,000), Matt Berkey (306,000), and Maria Ho (79,000). Former EPT champions still in contention include Dzmitry Urbanovich (366,000) and Arsenii Karmatckii (167,000), 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau winner Elliot Smith advanced with 176,000.

The money bubble burst soon after the dinner break and in spectacular fashion. There were four all ins at four separate tables two off the money and Stanley Lee, as well as Luc Greenwood, would leave empty-handed, while Kristen Bicknell and Matt Glantz doubled.

Luc Greenwood Bubble
Luc Greenwood Among the bubble boys

Once the min-cash had been secured, the floodgates opened and plenty of big names headed to the payout desk including Sam Grafton, Niall Farrell, Bryn Kenney, Joe Cada, Shaun Deeb, Ivan Luca, Kenny Hallaert, Davidi Kitai and Ryan Riess. Pavel Plesuv was ousted in the biggest pot of the tournament so far when he flopped a set of sevens in a three-bet pot against Pavel Veksler over on the feature table. Plesuv got his stack in after the turn only to run into the set of jacks of Veksler.

Almost two third of the players that returned to their seats in the Imperial Ballroom had to leave empty-handed without anything to show for. Among those to bust before the money were $25k PSPC champion Ramon Colillas, runner-up Julien Martini, Joe McKeehen, John Dibella, Steve O'Dwyer, Martin Finger, Mustapha Kanit, and Rainer Kempe. Defending champion Maria Lampropulos bowed out after she ran with fives into the pocket jacks of Gianluca Speranza.

The Red Spade suffered heavy losses as the PokerStars ambassadors Daniel Negreanu, Aditya Agarwal, Jeff Gross, Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, and Barry Greenstein all missed out on the money. For Negreanu, the day was over after just a few minutes when his nutflushdraw couldn't get there against flopped trips on the feature table.

All remaining 79 players will return at noon local time on Monday, January 14th, 2019, to make one further step towards the final table in two days time, and the PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

Tags: Andre AkkariArsenii KarmatckiiBrian AltmanDaniel NegreanuDavidi KitaiDzmitry UrbanovichElliot SmithEnrico CamosciGianluca SperanzaIvan LucaJake CodyJeff GrossJoao SimaoLiv BoereeLuc GreenwoodMaria HoMaria LampropulosNiall FarrellPavel PlesuvPavel VekslerPierre CalamusaPSPCRamon ColillasRandy LewRyan RiessStanley LeeSteve O'DwyerVicent Bosca

Day 3 Seat Draw

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Conor BeresfordUnited Kingdom313,00052
12Filipe OliveiraPortugal159,00027
13Matt GlantzUnited States113,00019
14Ian HunterUnited Kingdom238,00040
15Justin OuimetteCanada349,00058
16Danny TangHong Kong122,00020
17Timo KamphuesGermany285,00048
18Christoph VogelsangGermany558,00093
21Mark RadojaCanada348,00058
22Erwann PecheuxFrance393,00066
23Pasquale SarraccoCanada78,00013
24Daniel StrelitzUnited States333,00056
26Rajesh VohraUnited States328,00055
27Pierre CalamusaFrance1,500,000250
28Chris FurbertUnited Kingdom117,00020
31Yan LiChina237,00040
32Philipp KaempfGermany345,00058
33Eder CampanaBrazil490,00082
34Javier ZarcoSpain120,00020
35Claas SegebrechtGermany299,00050
36Simon DeadmanUnited Kingdom145,00024
37Majid YahyaeiUnited States168,00028
38Matt BerkeyUnited States306,00051
41Roberly FelicioBrazil143,00024
42Brian AltmanUnited States746,000124
43Carlos ChadhaCanada564,00094
44Jimmy GuerreroFrance155,00026
45Anthony ZinnoUnited States274,00046
46Felipe PantojaBrazil521,00087
47Scott WellenbachCanada334,00056
48Sparrow CheungHong Kong150,00025
51Paul Fontan CastrillonSpain83,00014
52Javier Gomez ZapateroSpain267,00045
53Stefan PeukertGermany134,00022
54Andre AkkariBrazil390,00065
55Jorge CantosArgentina211,00035
56Ivan GalinecCroatia203,00034
57Matthias EibingerAustria894,000149
58Elliot SmithCanada176,00029
61Maria HoUnited States79,00013
62Michael AzzaroUnited States220,00037
63Randy LewUnited States134,00022
64Mihai ManoleRomania536,00089
65Eli RossUnited States208,00035
66Glenn MillerIreland208,00035
67Ami BarerCanada125,00021
68Pavel VekslerUkraine808,000135
71Joao SimaoBrazil734,000122
72Michael GathyBelgium146,00024
73Sam GreenwoodCanada57,00010
74Aleksandr GofmanRussia57,00010
75Patrick QuinnCanada111,00019
76Bob BounahraUnited States527,00088
77Michael VelaUnited States145,00024
78Marc PerraultCanada227,00038
81Marian MikUkraine110,00018
82Scott ClementsUnited States591,00099
83Eder Takashi MurataBrazil619,000103
84Ben YuUnited States167,00028
85Dimitar YosifovBulgaria80,00013
86Franz DitzGermany732,000122
87Arsenii KarmatckiiRussia167,00028
88Ramon Miquel MunozSpain58,00010
91Chino RheemUnited States437,00073
92Mike LeahCanada316,00053
93Michael StemberaUnited States148,00025
94Maxi LehmanskiGermany250,00042
95Enrico CamosciItaly980,000163
96Byron KavermanUnited States270,00045
97Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland366,00061
98Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada259,00043
101Vicent BoscaSpain1,138,000190
102Keith NassettaUnited States250,00042
103Jeff HakimLebanon261,00044
104Kevin AndriamahefaCanada301,00050
105Rex ClinkscalesUnited States259,00043
106Arkadiy TsinisUnited States136,00023
107Tommy NguyenCanada441,00074
108Chase BianchiUnited States567,00095

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Day 2 Chip Leader
Vicent Bosca es
Vicent Bosca
1,138,000 88,000
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci
980,000 130,000
Matthias Eibinger at
Matthias Eibinger
894,000 212,000
Pavel Veksler ua
Pavel Veksler
808,000 -27,000
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
WPT 3X Winner
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
734,000 184,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Franz Ditz de
Franz Ditz
732,000 2,000
Eder Takashi Murata br
Eder Takashi Murata
619,000 194,000
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
591,000 71,000
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Chase Bianchi us
Chase Bianchi
567,000 42,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Carlos Chadha us
Carlos Chadha
564,000 209,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
558,000 288,000
Mihai Manole ro
Mihai Manole
536,000 51,000
Bob Bounahra bz
Bob Bounahra
527,000 137,000
Felipe Pantoja br
Felipe Pantoja
521,000 -19,000
Eder Campana br
Eder Campana
490,000 140,000
Tommy Nguyen ca
Tommy Nguyen
441,000 -1,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
437,000 67,000
Day 4 Chip Leader
WPT 3X Winner
Erwann Pecheux fr
Erwann Pecheux
393,000 -27,000
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
390,000 -1,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
366,000 -19,000
EPT 1X Winner
Justin Ouimette ca
Justin Ouimette
349,000 -27,000
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
348,000 -42,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Philipp Kaempf de
Philipp Kaempf
345,000 25,000

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Day 2 Has Wrapped Up

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante

The second day of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event has concluded. 79 out of 865 have made it through to Day 3, with Pierre Calamusa holding the overall chip lead.

An end-of-day recap and all chip counts will follow.

Deadman Doubles in Final Hand

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante

Simon Deadman was all in for 66,000 with the {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and Ivan Galinec looked him up with {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Deadman tossed his final time bank extension towards the dealer before the flop came {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. The {A-Clubs} turn improved the Brit and he remained in contention after a blank {Q-Diamonds} river.

Player Chips Progress
Ivan Galinec hr
Ivan Galinec
203,000 -102,000
Simon Deadman gb
Simon Deadman
145,000 15,000

Tags: Ivan GalinecSimon Deadman

Akkari Loses Flush Over Flush

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante
Andre Akkari
Andre Akkari

In one of the final hands of the night at the feature table, Pavel Veksler raised to 12,000 in early position, Max Lehmanski called on the button and Andre Akkari called from the big blind.

The flop came down {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} and Akkari and Veksler checked to Lehmanski, who bet 12,000. Akkari check-raised to 31,000, Veksler folded, and Lehmanski called. The turn was the {3-Hearts} and Lehmanski called all in for 66,000 after Akkari bet big.

Max Lehmanski: {A-Spades}{9-Spades}
Andre Akkari: {10-Spades}{7-Spades}

It was a nasty setup for the Team PokerStars Pro, although he did have one miracle out. The river wasn't the five of spades but the {3-Hearts} and Lehmanski doubled up.

Player Chips Progress
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
391,000 73,500
Maxi Lehmanski de
Maxi Lehmanski
237,500 68,000

Tags: Andre AkkariPavel Veksler

Calamusa Extends Lead; Greenwood Spins Up One Chip

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 5,000 ante

In a limped pot to the {7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, Sam Greenwood check-raised from 10,000 to 30,000 and Pierre Calamusa called. The {9-Clubs} turn brought a bet by Greenwood and Calamusa called once more before the {10-Spades} fell on the river. Greenwood bet all but one T-5,000 chip for more than 250,000 and Calamusa tank-called.

Greenwood showed {K-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a bluff gone wrong and Calamusa claimed the pot with {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} for just a pair of nines.

Greenwood quadrupled once and then got it in the final hand of the night with {8-Spades}{7-Spades} against Brian Altman and his {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, making a flush on the river of a board {J-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{3-Spades}.

"That's why you leave one chip," Altman said with a big grin on the face.

Player Chips Progress
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
1,500,000 355,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
746,000 46,000
WPT 3X Winner
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
57,000 -215,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Brian AltmanPierre CalamusaSam Greenwood