$1,100 BSOP Bahamas Main Event

Doddapaneni Leads; Konnikova in the Hunt as 37 Players Survive Day 2 of the BSOP Bahamas Main Event

MattHansen • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Sriharsha Doddapaneni

Day 2 of the $1,100 Brazilian Series of Poker(BSOP) Bahamas Main Event has come to an end at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Sriharsha Doddapaneni leads a field of 37 surviving players into the Day 3 finale.

The tournament drew 460 entries to generate a prize pool of $466,200, and a massive Day 2 saw 304 runners play down to the final 37. Tuesday’s returning players are all guaranteed at least $2,350, while $86,650 waits up top for the winner. Players will return at 1 p.m. local time to play down to a winner.

Doddapaneni bagged a sizable lead with a stack of 1,087,000 after he went on a big run in the late levels. Christian Rudolph trailed in second with 974,000, while Maria Konnikova finished with 773,000 in third. Elliot Smith and Allan Barnes rounded out the top five with 648,000 and 622,000, respectively.

The other big stacks from the top ten include Paul Dewald, Steven Fandozzi, Brunno Botteon, Ludovic Geilich, and Micha Hoedemaker.

2023 BSOP Bahamas Main Event Top Ten Day 2 Chip Counts

RankNameCountryChip CountDay 3 Big Blinds
1Sriharsha DoddapaneniIndia1,087,000109
2Christian RudolphGermany974,00097
3Maria KonnikovaUSA773,00077
4Elliot SmithCanada648,00065
5Allan BarnesCanada622,00062
6Paul DewaldUSA595,00060
7Steven FandozziUSA591,00059
8Brunno BotteonBrazil590,00059
9Ludovic GeilichUnited Kingdom576,00058
10Micha HoedemakerNetherlands542,00054

Day 2 Action

A tough field filled with notable players turned out for the event but several could not find their way to Day 2, including Benny Glaser, Harry Lodge, Chino Rheem, Julien Martini, Keith Lehr, Jason Wheeler, Gianluca Speranza, Ryan Riess and PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand.

Fellow PokerStars Ambassador Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg was active throughout the day and he found his way into the money, but he couldn’t survive to see Day 2. Spragg has now cashed at five straight major PokerStars events, including every EPT dating back to the most recent trip to Monte Carlo.

Andrew Chen got off to a hot start on Monday when he found a full double with pocket kings against the Big Slick of Adrian State. Chen previously won the NAPT Bounty Shootout at the 2011 PCA, as well as a $2,150 event at EPT Sanremo and the $10,300 High Roller at EPT London, both in 2014. He finished with 200,000 and he will return on Tuesday for a shot at his first big score since 2018.

Konnikova held strong throughout the day, but her big move came in the late levels when she cracked Daniel De Sousa Custodio's pocket queens for a big double when her suited eight-seven made a flush on the river. She won this tournament in 2018, and she will return on Tuesday with a real chance to do it again.

Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova

Among the other players returning for Day 2 are Martin Johnstone, Sebastian Toro, Jose Severino, Jonathan Little, Andras Nemeth, Shawn Buchanan, and Iliodoros Kamatakis.

Remaining Payouts


Players will return on Tuesday at 1 p.m. local time in Level 19 with blinds at 5,000/10,000/10,000. The timing of a dinner break has yet to be determined.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team all week long for live updates from the floor of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.

Tags: Adrian StateAllan BarnesAndras NemethAndrew ChenBenny GlaserBrunno BotteonChino RheemChristian RudolphDaniel De Sousa CustodioElliot SmithFintan HandGianluca SperanzaHarry LodgeJason WheelerJonathan LittleJose SeverinoJulien MartiniKeith LehrLudovic GeilichMaria KonnikovaMartin JohnstoneMicha HoedemakerMonte CarloPaul DewaldRyan RiessSebastian ToroShawn BuchananSriharsha DoddapaneniSteven Fandozzi