$1,100 BSOP Bahamas Main Event
$1,100 BSOP Bahamas Main Event
Day 1 Completed

Graydon Kowal Bags Chip Lead After Day 1 of the $1,100 BSOP Bahamas Main Event

AndrewK47 • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Graydon Kowel
Graydon Kowel

After eight levels of play on Day 1 of $1,100 Brazilian Series of Poker(BSOP) Bahamas Main Event at the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, it was Canada's Graydon Kowal that came out on top of the leaderboard with an impressive stack of 266,000.

Close on the leader's heels was Brett Kennedy with 232,000 and Mekhail Mekhail with 192,000 to round out the all-Canadian top three. A field of 102 will return on Monday and they will be joined by the Day 2 registrants.

The day started with roughly 45 players, but that number quickly grew to a total of 258 with the late registration and unlimited reentries open until the end of Level 10 on Day 2. The field has generated a prize pool of $250,260 so far, with more to come on Monday. Players who wish to buy in or reenter tomorrow will start with 30,000 and the blinds will resume at 600/1,200/1,200.

2023 BSOP Bahamas Main Event Top Ten Day 1 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountDay 2 Big Blinds
1Graydon KowalCanada266,000221
2Brett KennedyCanada232,000193
3Mekhail MekhailCanada192,000160
4Elliot SmithCanada184,300153
5Robert PetronioCanada182,000151
6Paul DewaldUnited States182,000151
7Yannick CardotFrance160,700134
8Keith LehrUnited States159,900134
9Blaz ZerjavSlovenia152,100127
10Jose TotelBrazil146,100122

Many notables joined the field throughout the day and for most, this was their first tournament of the series. Some who fell by the wayside throughout the day included PokerStars Ambassadors Benjamin Spragg and Parker Talbot as well as Michael Dentale and Aliaksandr Shylko.

Benjamin Spragg
Benjamin Spragg

There were also plenty of familiar faces that found a bag including Maria Konnikova (111,900), Vanessa Kade (76,800), and PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand (73,700). Konnikova won the 2018 PCA National Championship for $84,600 and she will look to put her 93 big blinds to work on Day 2 tomorrow.

Hand bagged a healthy stack and much of that came with some flip run good as he picked up queens against the ace-king for his opponent and sent them to the rail early on. Another notable pot was when Shawn Buchanan found pocket nines and moved in against Philipp Gruissem who held ace-ten. The board ran out with a flopped set for Buchanan to score the full double.

Day 2 will resume on Monday, January 23 at 2 p.m. local time. Eight more levels of 60 minutes each are on tap, with the blinds returning in Level 9 at 600/1,200 and a 1,200 big blind ante. Late registration will be remain open until the end of level 10, and the prize pool and payouts will be announced shortly after.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for continued live PokerNews coverage of the 2023 BSOP Main Event and the rest of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Tags: Aliaksandr ShylkoBenjamin SpraggBlaz ZerjavBrett KennedyCharles LehrElliot SmithFintan HandGraydon KowalJose TotelMaria KonnikovaMekhail MekhailMichael DentaleParker TalbotPaul DewaldPhilipp GruissemRobert PetronioShawn BuchananVanessa KadeYannick Cardot

Day 2 Seat Draw (By Table)

MattHansen • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChipsDay 2 Big Blinds
11Frederic RobertCanada25,50021
12Marcel SchwarzGermany32,00027
14Young EumUSA142,300119
16Andre MachadoBrazil33,00028
17Gabriel JansenBrazil25,50021
18Allan BarnesCanada68,40057
21Eduardo LopesBrazil69,00058
22Paul DewaldUSA182,000152
23Arash ShahiCanada75,30063
24Lucas Silva RochaBrazil82,90069
25Diogo De Melo CardosoBrazil44,00037
26Mateusz MoolhuizenNetherlands131,000109
32Julio de la RosaDominican Republic19,30016
33Vanessa KadeCanada76,80064
34Katie LindsayCanada38,30032
35Jason WheelerUSA85,40071
36Fabio MuhrAustria106,10088
37Eric SchaefferUSA87,80073
42Diego CuellarPeru106,30089
44Ludovic GeilichUnited Kingdom37,00031
45Brett KennedyCanada232,700194
46Olga IermolchevaUkraine36,80031
47Micha HoedemakerNetherlands94,50079
48Jessica TeuslAustria45,90038
51Yannick CardotFrance160,700134
53Rajat SharmaIndia63,50053
54Paul EphremsenUnited Kingdom76,60064
55Aurelie ReardFrance23,70020
56Tomislav RadisicCanada118,50099
58Vicente DelgadoSpain139,000116
61Klemens RoiterAustria55,50046
62Guillermo SanzSpain56,90047
63Ricardo CaridadePortugal23,50020
65Jonathan LittleUSA54,60046
66Allan RibeiroBrazil111,70093
68Steven WaltersUSA20,00017
71Shawn BuchananCanada93,70078
72Patrick StaceyCanada31,60026
73Davide LamorteItaly56,10047
74Franco SpitaleArgentina36,70031
75Lindsay KidoUSA26,40022
78Sebastian Toro HenaoColombia33,60028
81Blake AndersonUSA87,60073
82Felipe BoianovskyBrazil54,20045
83Christopher DayUnited Kingdom83,50070
85Martin JohnstoneUnited Kingdom80,80067
86Renato MinicuciItaly41,60035
87Luc LafontaineCanada95,90080
91Fabiano KovalskiBrazil42,20035
94Jolan ManciniUSA43,30036
95Kelvin KerberBrazil106,70089
96Julian Pineda LozanoMexico64,80054
97Ana MarquezSpain35,40030
98Ricardo MateoUSA67,60056
101Matthew HuntUSA57,40048
102Mekhail MekhailCanada192,000160
104Maximiliano CastagniniArgentina71,70060
105Andrei SpataruRomania69,80058
106Evgenii TsatskinCanada73,60061
107Noel DattaCanada47,00039
111Philipp GruissemGermany56,10047
112Jose TotelBrazil146,100122
113Ethan YauUSA61,30051
114Conor BeresfordUnited Kingdom50,90042
116Blaz ZerjavSlovenia152,100127
117Nenad DukicCroatia80,00067
121Johan SchumacherBelgium67,60056
124Jeffery GagnonCanada131,600110
125Amauri GrutkaBrazil54,80046
126Ricardo NakamuraBrazil44,50037
127Bela TothHungary10,2009
128Francisco Caballo PenaUSA23,30019
131Steven FandozziUSA73,90062
133Daniel De Sousa CustodioBrazil59,50050
134Eladio AlarconCanada89,40075
135Stewart ChantlerUSA140,500117
136Lukas ChiciakCanada16,50014
137Joseph DroryUSA59,60050
141Iliodoros KamatakisGreece109,00091
143Graydon KowalCanada266,000222
144Sean JacksonCanada112,00093
145Lewis SpencerUnited Kingdom79,00066
146Leandro RuyBrazil26,70022
147Elliot SmithCanada184,300154
152Luc GreenwoodCanada38,60032
154Robert PetronioCanada182,000152
155Luis Pinho De FariaPortugal62,50052
156Jeffrey SnookCanada49,80042
157Joshua BerryCanada82,60069
158Jun ChoiBrazil29,20024
161Maria KonnikovaUSA111,90093
163Donald LloydCanada24,80021
164David "Chino" RheemUSA87,50073
166Fintan HandIreland73,70061
167Michio KawasakiJapan46,40039
168Ehsan AmiriAustralia46,20039
171Shiva DudaniUSA50,90042
172Vladimir VasilyevUSA50,00042
173Keith LehrUSA159,900133
175Andrew ChenCanada141,100118
176Adrian StateRomania88,00073
178Fady HabashiCanada13,70011

Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

MattHansen • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Graydon Kowal ca
Graydon Kowal
ca 266,000
Brett Kennedy us
Brett Kennedy
us 232,700
Mekhail Mekhail CA
Mekhail Mekhail
CA 192,000
Elliot Smith ca
Elliot Smith
ca 184,300 300
Paul Dewald us
Paul Dewald
us 182,000 43,000
Robert Petronio CA
Robert Petronio
CA 182,000 182,000
Yannick Cardot fr
Yannick Cardot
fr 160,700
Keith Lehr
Keith Lehr
159,900 400
Blaz Zerjav si
Blaz Zerjav
si 152,100 29,100
Jose Totel BR
Jose Totel
BR 146,100 116,100
Young Eum us
Young Eum
us 142,300 142,300
Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
ca 141,100 100
Stewart Chantler ca
Stewart Chantler
ca 140,500 98,200
Vicente Delgado es
Vicente Delgado
es 139,000 139,000
Jeffery Gagnon CA
Jeffery Gagnon
CA 131,600 131,600
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 131,000 68,000
Tomislav Radisic CA
Tomislav Radisic
CA 118,500 118,500
Sean Jackson CA
Sean Jackson
CA 112,000 112,000
Maria Konnikova us
Maria Konnikova
us 111,900
Allan Ribeiro br
Allan Ribeiro
br 111,700 111,700
Iliodoros Kamatakis gr
Iliodoros Kamatakis
gr 109,000 -41,000
Kelvin Kerber br
Kelvin Kerber
br 106,700 106,700
Diego Cuellar pe
Diego Cuellar
pe 106,300 106,300
Fabio Muhr at
Fabio Muhr
at 106,100 106,100
Luc Lafontaine ca
Luc Lafontaine
ca 95,900 71,500

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Hoedemaker Sends Shylko to the Rail

MattHansen • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

Aliaksandr Shylko got his last 60,000 into the middle and Micha Hoedemaker was the one to put him at risk.

Aliaksandr Shylko: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Micha Hoedemaker: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and the aces held to eliminate Shylko from the tournament at the end of the night.

Day 1 has come to an end and players are now bagging their chips. Stay tuned to PokerNews for chip counts and a full recap.

Micha Hoedemaker nl
Micha Hoedemaker
nl 100,000
Aliaksandr Shylko by
Aliaksandr Shylko
by Busted

Tags: Aliaksandr ShylkoMicha Hoedemaker

Four Hands Remaining

AndrewK47 • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament director just announced that there will be four more hands until the end of Day 1.

De La Rosa Scores Double Up Before End of Day

AndrewK47 • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

Philipp Gruissem opened to 2,000 from early position and Michio Kawasaki next to act made the call. Julio de la Rosa slid in 13,800 from middle position, leaving himself roughly 2,500 behind.

It folded back around to Gruissem, who raised to 45,000 and Kawasaki mistakenly rolled over {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} to signal a fold, not realizing De La Rosa had chips left. De La Rosa quickly called for his last few chips and the cards were on their backs.

Julio de la Rosa: {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Philipp Gruissem: {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

With Kawasaki folding ace-jack face up the odds were not looking great for De La Rosa to stay alive. The board however ran out {6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{q-Spades}, and the turned ace scored the full double up for De La Rosa close to the end of Day 1.

Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 42,000 3,000
Michio Kawasaki JP
Michio Kawasaki
JP 35,000 35,000
Julio de la Rosa do
Julio de la Rosa
do 35,000 18,000

Tags: Julio de la RosaPhilipp Gruissem

Johnstone Busts Dentale

MattHansen • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

The PokerNews team picked up the action as time was called over on Table 1.

Action was heads up with a growing pot and {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{8-Spades}{10-Hearts} on the board and Martin Johnstone had bet 15,000. Michael Dentale was deep in the tank and time had been called.

After some discussion over what constituted a reasonable amount of time, the 30-second clock started and Dentale went all in for his last 27,000. Johnstone called quickly and turned over {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Dentale had {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}.

The river was an {a-Diamonds} and Johnstone secured the elimination with aces and tens.

Martin Johnstone gb
Martin Johnstone
gb 97,000 97,000
Michael Dentale us
Michael Dentale
us Busted

Tags: Martin JohnstoneMichael Dentale

"It's Not an Angle, I'm Just Stupid"

MattHansen • Level 8: Blinds 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

Benjamin Spragg raised to 2,200 from under the gun at a lively Table 1.

"In my big blind?" Maria Konnikova said.

Spragg has been making a habit of raising in Konnikova's big blind, and this hand was no exception.

Action folded around and Konnikova tossed in the chips to call.

The flop was {5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Konnikova checked. Spragg tossed out 3,000 and Konnikova check-raised to 12,000. Spragg tossed out a total of 7,000 to call and everyone was confused.

"It's 12,000," the dealer said.

Spragg shook his head and corrected the issue.

"It's not an angle, I'm just stupid. I promise."

The turn was {j-Diamonds} and Konnikova continued for 23,000. Spragg went into the tank for a few minutes before he gave up the pot. Konnikova allowed him to choose one of her cards to show, and it was the {2-Diamonds}.

Elsewhere in the room, Ethan "Rampage" Yau has taken his seat.

Maria Konnikova us
Maria Konnikova
us 118,500 45,000
Benjamin Spragg gb
Benjamin Spragg
gb 43,500 -14,000
Ethan Yau us
Ethan Yau
us 30,000 30,000

Tags: Benjamin SpraggMaria Konnikova