2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

$10,300 PCA Main Event
Day: 1b
Event Info

2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a5
Prize
$1,316,963
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,300
Prize Pool
$8,623,300
Entries
889
Level Info
Level
32
Blinds
100,000 / 200,000
Ante
200,000
Players Info - Day 1b
Entries
474
Players Left
238

$10,300 PCA Main Event

Day 1b Completed

Sergi Reixach Leads at End of Day 1b of the $10,300 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Sergi Reixach
Sergi Reixach

The final starting day of the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $10,300 Main Event has concluded and a field of 474 entries was reduced to just 238 after eight levels of play. Following a hiatus of three years, this series returned to The Bahamas and switched locations to the luxurious Baha Mar Resort, which has already been home to large live poker festivals throughout the last few years.

Sergi Reixach managed to bag big as he ended the day with 196,900, closely followed by Michael Rocco (195,400).

Other notables who managed to bag big include defending champion Chino Rheem (141,200) along with high rollers Chris Brewer (140,300), Artur Martirosian (138,100), and Sergio Aido (124,700).

2023 PCA Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Sergi ReixachSpain196,900164
2Michael RoccoUnited States195,400163
3Mauricio PaisGermany171,700143
4Krasimir YankovBulgaria163,200136
5Laszlo BujtasHungary161,000134
6Elias GutierrezSpain154,600129
7Anatoly NikitinRussia148,500124
8Nenad DukicCroatia148,000123
9Mitchell HalversonUnited States147,000123
10Chino RheemUnited States141,200118

Moreover, PokerStars ambassadors Benjamin Spragg (63,100) and Ramon Colillas (62,000) managed to bag two starting stacks each. They will each take their largest stack into play on Day 2.

Today's 239 survivors will join the 80 survivors from Day 1a at 12:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, January 25th, for Day 2. With the field attracting 640 entrants already this tournament has generated a huge prizepool of $6,246,800. That will continue to grow as players who have not yet made it to Day 2 can still register late in the first two levels of play until the start of Level 11.

Action of the Day

A big field started the day as players hoped to build a stack early. However, things didn’t go as planned for Chris Brewer, who busted in the first level of the day in a four-bet pot when he called off with overcards and a flush draw for his tournament life. Undeterred, Brewer fired another bullet and bagged a big stack at the end of eight levels of play, as mentioned above.

Meanwhile, Aido managed to get off to a good start after rivering an ace-high flush in early action.

Davidi Kitai enjoyed success in the middle of the day as he managed to win a big pot when he triple-barrelled with pocket jacks on a nine-high board. His opponent, Boris Kolev, went deep into the tank before calling off Kitai’s overbet with ace-queen for a bluff catcher.

Mauricio Pais found some run good towards the end of the day as he eliminated Yervand Boyadjian when the river gave Boyadjian top two pair while giving Pais a set of jacks. That allowed Pais to become one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Mauricio Pais Bagged Big on Day 1b
Mauricio Pais Bagged Big on Day 1b

2023 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller champion Isaac Haxton couldn’t carry forward his success into the Main Event as he was eliminated in the last level of the day as his overpair ran into the set of sevens from Samad Rashid. All the chips went in on the nine-high flop, and Haxton was eliminated when no jack came to his rescue.

High Roller Aido managed to double up through Taylor Paur in a five-bet pot in the last level of the day. Aido flopped top two pair with ace-jack to defeat Paur’s ace-queen. PokerStars Ambassador Alejandro Lococo was eliminated in the process, ensuring he would not advance to Day 2.

Stay tuned to PokerNews as the live reporting team will be giving full coverage of the $10,300 PCA Main Event until a champion is crowned on Sunday, January 29th, as well as coverage of the second edition of the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship which kicks off on Monday, January 30th.

Tags: Alejandro LococoAnatoly NikitinArtur MartirosianBenjamin SpraggBoris KolevChino RheemChris BrewerDavidi KitaElias GutierrezIsaac HaxtonKrasimir YankovLaszlo BujtasMauricio PaisMichael RoccoMitchell HalversonNenad DukicRamon ColillasSamad RashidSergi ReixachSergio AidoTaylor PaurYervand Boyadjian

Full End of Day 1B Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
196,900
Day 3 Chip Leader
Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
195,400
Mauricio Ferreira Pais de
Mauricio Ferreira Pais
171,700 171,700
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
163,200
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
161,000 -100
Elias Gutierrez es
Elias Gutierrez
154,600
Anatoly Nikitin ru
Anatoly Nikitin
148,500
Nenad Dukic rs
Nenad Dukic
148,000 113,500
Mitchell Halverson us
Mitchell Halverson
147,000
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
141,200
Defending Champion
WPT 3X Winner
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
140,300
WSOP 2X Winner
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
138,100
WSOP 2X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Samad Rashid us
Samad Rashid
133,500
Massimo De Mario it
Massimo De Mario
132,300
Luigi Serricchio it
Luigi Serricchio
126,100 126,100
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
125,900
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
124,700
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
124,600
Fabian Bernhauser at
Fabian Bernhauser
124,000 94,000
Tinay Aksoy tr
Tinay Aksoy
122,300
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
122,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Xuan Liu ca
Xuan Liu
120,400
Franck Makaci fr
Franck Makaci
118,000 118,000
Rafael Marcondes us
Rafael Marcondes
117,300 117,300
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
112,700

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Selected End of Day Chip Counts

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
196,900 161,900
Day 3 Chip Leader
Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
195,400 154,400
Mauricio Pais de
Mauricio Pais
171,700 21,700
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
163,200 26,200
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
161,100
Elias Gutierrez es
Elias Gutierrez
154,600 59,600
Anatoly Nikitin ru
Anatoly Nikitin
148,500
Mitchell Halverson us
Mitchell Halverson
147,000 63,800
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
141,200 -1,800
Defending Champion
WPT 3X Winner
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
140,300 -14,700
WSOP 2X Winner
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
138,100 46,100
WSOP 2X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Samad Rashid us
Samad Rashid
133,500 -41,500
Massimo De Mario it
Massimo De Mario
132,300 22,300
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
125,900 45,900
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
124,700 20,700
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
124,600 -20,400
Tinay Aksoy tr
Tinay Aksoy
122,300 61,300
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
122,000 67,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Xuan Liu ca
Xuan Liu
120,400 35,400
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
112,700 12,700
Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
109,100 109,100
Day 4 Chip Leader
EPT 1X Winner
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
108,200
Ehsan Amiri au
Ehsan Amiri
103,800
Vanessa Kade ca
Vanessa Kade
97,400 27,400
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
97,100 -37,900

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Day 1b Completed

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante

According to the tournament info screens, a field of 474 entries has been cut down to around 239 survivors and they have all bagged up chips for the evening. Selected chip counts are to follow shortly, while the full counts, Day 1b recap and the Day 2 seat draw are to follow.

Final Three Hands

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament director has instructed the dealers to play three more hands. Upon their completion, Day 1b will close and the remaining players will bag and tag their stacks.

Aido Downs Lococo and Doubles Through Paur

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

Taylor Paur opened to 2,200 from the hijack before Alejandro Lococo jammed for 6,400 from the button. Sergio Aido then four-bet to 10,800 from the big blind. Paur responded with another raise and made it 19,500 to go, which Aido called.

The {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} flop checked through to the {4-Diamonds} turn. Aido bet 25,000, leaving 14,200 behind. Paur, the bigger stack, then put Aido all in and was snap-called.

Alejandro Lococo: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Sergio Aido: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}
Taylor Paur: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

Each player paired their ace, but Aido was ahead as he paired his jack as well for aces and jacks. The {4-Clubs} completed the board and Aido scooped in the massive pot while sending Lococo to the rail.

Player Chips Progress
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
104,000 39,000
Taylor Paur us
Taylor Paur
50,000 -5,000
WSOP 2X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
Busted

Tags: Alejandro LococoSergio AidoTaylor Paur

Late Night Casualties on Day 1b

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Ema Zajmovic ba
Ema Zajmovic
Busted
WPT 1X Winner
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
Busted
WSOP 2X Winner
Rene-Charles Angelil us
Rene-Charles Angelil
Busted
Lex Veldhuis nl
Lex Veldhuis
Busted
Joris Ruijs nl
Joris Ruijs
Busted
Henrik Hecklen dk
Henrik Hecklen
Busted
Rui Neves Ferreira pt
Rui Neves Ferreira
Busted
WSOP 1X Winner
Stefan Lehner at
Stefan Lehner
Busted
WSOP 1X Winner
Baruch Forst us
Baruch Forst
Busted
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
Busted
WSOP 5X Winner
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
Busted
WSOP 1X Winner
Maximiliano Castagnini ar
Maximiliano Castagnini
Busted
Jesse Lonis us
Jesse Lonis
Busted
WSOP 2X Winner
Patrick Kennedy gb
Patrick Kennedy
Busted
Juan Pardo es
Juan Pardo
Busted
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
Busted
WSOP 1X Winner
Rodrigo Seiji br
Rodrigo Seiji
Busted
Robert Kuhn us
Robert Kuhn
Busted
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
Busted
WSOP 1X Winner
Aram Oganyan us
Aram Oganyan
Busted
Scott Wilson ca
Scott Wilson
Busted
Steven Buckner us
Steven Buckner
Busted
Joe McKeehen us
Joe McKeehen
Busted
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 3X Winner
Francois Billard ca
Francois Billard
Busted
Jordan Saccucci ca
Jordan Saccucci
Busted
EPT 1X Winner

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Galland Eliminated by Csik

Level 8 : Blinds 500/1,000, 1,000 ante

Benoit Galland got his short stack into the middle before the flop and was looked up by Christoph Csik, who held the far superior stack.

Benoit Galland: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Christoph Csik: {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

The overcards remained with some equity on the {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop and the {7-Spades} turn. However, no help came on the {j-Clubs} river and the pocket pair of Csik was good enough to deal the final blow.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
155,000 23,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Christoph Csik us
Christoph Csik
90,000
John Racener us
John Racener
28,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Benoit Galland ca
Benoit Galland
Busted

Tags: Christoph CsikBenoit Galland