$10,300 PCA Main Event
$10,300 PCA Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Sergi Reixach Ends Day 3 of PCA Main Event in Pole Position; Just 54 Remain

Calum_Grant • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Sergi Reixach
Sergi Reixach

Another day of the 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) has come to an end at the fantastic Baha Mar Resort, with Day 3 of the festival’s headliner, the 2023 $10,300 PCA Main Event wrapping up just before 11 p.m.

Five more levels have been completed which has seen the field whittled down from 151 players to just 54. Those players have guaranteed themselves a payday of at least $29,400.

The big story of the day was that the money bubble burst. Juan Membreno was the last player to exit the Main Event without a return on his investment. His middle pair and flush draw were unable to improve against Day 1a chip leader Andre Marques, who flopped top pair and held to end the 90-minutes of bubble play.

However, when all was said and done after the third stage of the Main Event, Sergi Reixach topped the leaderboard as he did on Day 1b. He ended the session with an impressive stack of 1,719,000 and comes into Day 4 in pole position. He will, of course, be dreaming of the $1.5 million prize set aside for the eventual champion.

Reixach added heaps to his stack after ousting the formidable David Peters and Leonard Maue. His pocket queens held in a three-way all-in to give him the overall chip lead.

Hot on his heels is Christoph Csik who ended up bagging 1,409,000. He ousted Joseph Drory to set up the stone bubble to get over the 800,000-mark and he continued to hoover up more chips as the day wore on.

The United States’ Michael Rocco also had a day to remember and ended up with the third biggest stack.

Rocco came into the day seventh in chips and continued to ascend throughout the day, notching notable eliminations and sending the likes of Mustapha Kanit, Ignacio Moron and Joni Jouhkimainen to the rail.

Rocco sent Jouhkiminainen packing when his ace-nine bested the Finn’s king-queen. Soon after, Rocco cracked the king’s held by Moron after rivering broadway and then he catapulted into the top spot for a brief moment after busting Kanit with a flush while the latter rivered a straight.

Other famous faces who advanced include Nick Petrangelo (550,000), Chris Brewer (506,000) and Maria Konnikova (312,000).

End of Day 3 Top Ten Chip Stacks

1Sergi ReixachSpain1,719,000172
2Christoph CsikUnited States1,409,000141
3Michael RoccoUnited States1,260,000126
4Ian MatakisUnited States1,083,000108
5James TolbertUnited States970,00097
6Anton WiggSweded903,00090
7Artur MartirosianRussia816,00082
8Andre MarquesBrazil779,00078
9Pedro NevesPortugal768,00077
10Evan SparlingCanada683,00068

Action From Day 3

There were several PokerStars Ambassadors who were still in contention on Day 3, with Sam Grafton, Ramon Colillas and Andre Akkari representing the red spade brand. Grafton and Colillas managed to make it through to tomorrow, despite the duo tangling in a big pot early on.

Akkari wasn’t as fortunate and busted in 60th place after the Brazilian ran into the pocket aces of Anthony Hu.

That wasn’t the first time Hu looked down at aces on Day 3. During bubble play, he looked like he was going to be the player who was going to burst it.

In a five-bet pot against Justin Steinbrenner (108th - $19,300), Hu was the favorite to get a double-up with his pocket rockets, but Steinbrenner flopped a set of kings. Hu managed to find an ace on the turn to retake the lead and held on to survive.

There was also more drama as the bubble approached, as Paulina Loeliger had a notable exit which you can see below.

Read more about the Poker Bunny Hand here!

Defending champion Chino Rheem (81st - $22,300) was also one of the Day 3 casualties. His ace-nine could not connect on the runout and the pocket sevens of Evan Sparling held up.

While the final plan for Day 4 is yet to be fully confirmed, another five levels are due to play out with hopes that the tournament reaches the final 16 players.

One big change that Day 4 will bring is the implementation of the 30-second shot clock. Each player will start with five time bank cards, good for an extra 30 seconds each.

Action will begin on Friday, January 27 at 12 p.m. EST on Level 19, with blinds of 5,000/10,000 and a 10,000 big blind ante.

Stay tuned for all the upcoming action right here on PokerNews as the live reporting team will be on the floor to provide as many key hands as possible. The live stream action is also available on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels with commentary and cards-up coverage on a 30-minute security delay.

Tags: Andre AkkariAndre MarquesAnthony HuAnton WiggArtur MartirosianChino RheemChris BrewerChristoph CsikDavid PetersEvan SparlingIan MatakisIgnacio MoronJames TolbertJoni JouhkimainenJoseph DroryJuan MembrenoJustin SteinbrennerLeonard MaueMaria KonnikovaMichael RoccoMustapha KanitNick PetrangeloPaulina LoeligerPedro NevesRamon ColillasSam GraftonSergi Reixach

End of Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

Calum_Grant • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 1,719,000 19,000
Christoph Csik us
Christoph Csik
us 1,409,000 423,000
Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
us 1,260,000 -620,000
Ian Matakis us
Ian Matakis
us 1,083,000 679,000
Clint Tolbert us
Clint Tolbert
us 970,000 265,000
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 903,000 75,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 816,000 -124,000
Andre Marques pt
Andre Marques
pt 779,000 237,000
Pedro Neves PT
Pedro Neves
PT 768,000 200,000
Evan Sparling ca
Evan Sparling
ca 683,000 -82,000
Giuseppe Pantaleo de
Giuseppe Pantaleo
de 674,000 359,000
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
us 644,000 4,000
Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
pt 642,000 92,000
Allan Mello br
Allan Mello
br 611,000 36,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 596,000 291,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 583,000 273,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 550,000 -51,000
Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg 546,000 -29,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 545,000 203,000
Chad Eveslage us
Chad Eveslage
us 543,000 -131,000
Lucas Landa ar
Lucas Landa
ar 537,000 222,000
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
us 506,000 -54,000
Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 487,000 129,000
Ehsan Amiri au
Ehsan Amiri
au 476,000 -413,000
Giovani Gouveia br
Giovani Gouveia
br 443,000 -102,000

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Day 4 Seat Draw

Calum_Grant • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChipsbig blinds
11Jonathan LittleUnited States487,00049
12Justin BonomoUnited States370,00037
13Chris BrewerUnited States506,00051
14Colton BlombergUnited States97,50010
15David MzareulovAzerbaijan416,00042
16Laszlo BujtasHungary596,00060
17Dylan LindeUnited States174,00017
18Alexandre RaymondCanada298,00030
21Steve O'DwyerIreland257,00026
22Sergi ReixachSpain1,719,000172
23Sylvain LoosliFrance583,00058
25Michel DattaniPortugal642,00064
26Taylor PaurUnited States432,00043
27Jesse LonisUnited States318,00032
28Jamil WakilCanada179,00018
31Chad EveslageUnited States543,00054
32Justin ZakiUnited States204,00020
33Tinay AksoyTurkey346,00035
34Noah BoekenNetherlands305,00031
35Andre MachadoPortugal407,00041
36Alexandros KoloniasGreece545,00055
37Pedro NevesPortugal768,00077
38Michael RoccoUnited States1,260,000126
41Alex KulevBulgaria546,00055
42Nick PetrangeloUnited States550,00055
43Anton WiggSweden903,00090
44James TolbertUnited States970,00097
45Allan RibeiroBrazil611,00061
46James MendozaUnited States243,00024
47Scott BohlmanUnited States644,00064
48Christoph CsikUnited States1,409,000141
51Ehsan AmiriAustralia476,00048
52Maria KonnikovaUnited States312,00031
53Giuseppe PantaleoItaly674,00067
54Marco ZevolaArgentina146,00015
55Johan GuilbertFrance301,00030
56Andre MarquesPortugal779,00078
57Kelvin KerberBrazil188,00019
58Patros BehnamCanada201,00020
61Ramon ColillasSpain437,00044
62Giovani GouveiaBrazil443,00044
63Evan SparlingCanada683,00068
64Alessandro SienaItaly310,00031
65Giuseppe IadiserniaVenezuela303,00030
66Luis FariaPortugal144,00014
67Anthony HuUnited States130,00013
68Artur MartirosianRussia816,00082
71Mitchell HalversonUnited States320,00032
72Robert HeidornGermany245,00025
73Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom194,00019
74Lucas LandaArgentina537,00054
75Ian MatakisUnited States1,083,000108
77Mauricio Ferreira PaisGermany375,00038
78Elias GutierrezSpain269,00027

Play Concludes For Day 3

lewispowell2000 • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Action has closed for the day as 54 players bag and tag at the end of Day 3 of the $10,300 PCA Main Event. Stay tuned for full end of day chip counts and a recap of the days action.

Bohlman Double Barrels; Fast and Patur Out

lewispowell2000 • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

There was 120,000 in the pot heading to a flop. Chris Brewer was in early position against Scott Bohlman in the cutoff.

The flop came {j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Brewer check-called a 60,000 bet from Bohlman.

The {k-Clubs} was the turn and Brewer checked again. Bohlman fired 115,000 and Brewer quickly folded as the chips went to Bohlman.

Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
us 640,000 190,000
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
us 560,000 -290,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de Busted
Balakrishna Patur us
Balakrishna Patur
us Busted

Tags: Chris BrewerScott Bohlman

Four More Hands

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

The tournament staff have announced that there will be four more hands before the players bag up for the evening.

Reixach Continues to Build

lewispowell2000 • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Sam Grafton raised to 16,000 from early position and was called by Sergi Reixach on the button.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and Grafton checked. Reixach bet 13,000 and Grafton called.

Action checked through on the {q-Clubs} turn.

The river was the {a-Clubs} and Grafton checked. Reixach threw out a bet of 50,000 and Grafton pondered before making the call. Reixach showed {a-Spades}{10-Clubs} for a flush to take down the pot as Grafton mucked.

Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 1,700,000 550,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 250,000 -83,000

Tags: Sam GraftonSergi Reixach

Blomberg Wins at Showdown

lewispowell2000 • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Evan Sparling raised to 17,000 from early position and was called by Colton Blomberg in the big blind.

The flop was {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Blomberg check-called the 15,000 continuation bet from Sparling.

The {3-Hearts} was the turn. Blomberg checked and Sparling bet 35,000. Again Blomberg called.

The river came the {a-Diamonds} and action checked through. Blomberg showed {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for two pair to take down the pot as Sparling mucked.

Sparling went on to say "I really wanted to bluff. I would have if you had more chips."

Blomberg responded saying "I probably wasn't folding."

Evan Sparling ca
Evan Sparling
ca 765,000 175,000
Colton Blomberg us
Colton Blomberg
us 185,000 16,000

Tags: Colton BlombergEvan Sparling

Reixach Busts Two in Final Level

MattHansen • Level 18: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Sergi Reixach
Sergi Reixach

Action was three ways and Leonard Maue and David Peters were all in against the big stack of Sergi Reixach. The cards were turned up and the dealer was ready to go.

Leonard Maue: {a-}{k-}
David Peters: {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Sergi Reixach: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Reixach held on with pocket queens to pick up the double knockout at the end of Day 3.

Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 1,500,000 350,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us Busted
Leonard Maue de
Leonard Maue
de Busted

Tags: David PetersLeonard MaueSergi Reixach