Day 4 Completed
Day 4 Completed
Dattani Leads Final 16 in 2023 PCA Main Event; Martirosian and Reixach Among Big Stacks
The 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $10,300 Main Event is one step closer to crowning a champion. On Day 4 of the competition, the 54 returning players out of an 889-entry-strong field were cut down to the final 16 contenders at the lavish Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.
All semifinalists have locked up a payday of $68,000 for their efforts and a pay jump to $78,200 awaits after the next elimination. All hopefuls will have their eyes firmly set on the $1.5 million top prize in two days' time as a new winner in a major PokerStars-sponsored flagship tournament will be crowned.
Over the course of the next two days, the biggest slice of the $8,623,300 prize pool will be awarded and the top four on the leaderboard are separated by only ten big blinds. Portugal's Michel Dattani edged into the lead with 2,900,000 in chips, closely followed by Jamil Wakil (2,840,000), Christoph Csik (2,785,000), and Mitchell Halverson (2,650,000).
|Place||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Christoph Csik||United States||2,785,000||111|
|4||Mitchell Halverson||United States||2,650,000||106|
|6||Clint Tolbert||United States||1,950,000||78|
|9||Ian Matakis||United States||1,200,000||48|
|10||Taylor Paur||United States||1,195,000||48|
Rising Russian star Artur Martirosian (2,285,000) has 91 big blinds at his disposal. Sergi Reixach, who accumulated the most chips at the end of both Day 1b and Day 3, retained his chance at becoming a PCA Main Event champion and advanced with 1,610,000.
Ian Matakis (1,200,000) and Taylor Paur (1,195,000) are other well-known names to reside in the overnight Top Ten while Jonathan Little (1,195,000) and 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Alexandros Kolonias (900,000) can be found in the bottom half of the chip counts.
When the action resumes on Day 5 at noon local time Saturday, January 28, there will be 03:29 minutes left in Level 23. Returning blinds are 10,000/25,000 with a big blind ante of 25,000 but they will go up almost immediately to 15,000/30,000 with a big blind ante of 30,000. The penultimate tournament day is scheduled to play down to the final six contenders but that plan may be altered.
Dattani was an unlikely chip leader for the end of the night as he was right in the middle of the pack once the final three tables were set. However, a spectacular three-way all-in saw Dattani prevail with aces against the ace-king of PokerStars Ambassador Ramon Colillas and the pocket queens of Elias Gutierrez. Both Spaniards failed to catch any help and received $51,400 for their efforts.
Sam Grafton also represented the red spade on Day 4 but was among the very early casualties, finishing in 52nd place for $29,400. Three former EPT Main Event champions were aiming to add a PCA title to their resumes but Steve O'Dwyer, Anton Wigg, and Noah Boeken were all sent to the payout desk. Boeken fared the best among them but his dominated ace-seven was unable to overcome the ace-king of Giuseppe Iadisernia on the secondary feature table.
Other big names such as Dylan Linde, Justin Bonomo, Alex Kulev, Jesse Lonis, Laszlo Bujtas, Michael Rocco, Chad Eveslage, Chris Brewer, and Nick Petrangelo all suffered the same fate as well.
Maria Konnikova was the last woman standing and once more confirmed her run-good in The Bahamas with another deep run. After her final table appearance in the $1,100 BSOP Bahamas Main Event, the Russian-American writer bowed out in 30th place this time. Once more it was Venezuela's Iadisernia who dealt the final blow when ace-queen suited remained ahead versus ace-ten.
The final 16 hopefuls will return to their seats on the two feature tables at noon local time and try to reach the official final table for the grand finale on Sunday, January 29, 2023. You can follow along right here on PokerNews and on the PokerStars YouTube and Twitch channels with updates available on a 30-minute security delay.
2023 PCA Main Event: Day 5 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||1||Clint Tolbert||United States||1,950,000||78|
|1||2||Taylor Paur||United States||1,195,000||48|
|1||6||Mauricio Ferreira Pais||Germany||800,000||32|
|1||7||Ian Matakis||United States||1,200,000||48|
|2||3||Mitchell Halverson||United States||2,650,000||106|
|2||6||Jonathan Little||United States||1,195,000||48|
|2||8||Christoph Csik||United States||2,785,000||111|
End of Day 4 Chip Counts (full)
PCA Main Event Day 4 Concludes with 16 Players Remaining
After Evan Sparling's elimination, the final hand played out on another table and the clock was stopped for the night with 3:29 remaining in Level 23.
The remaining 16 players will bag up their chips and return tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, at 12 noon for Day 5.
The official chip counts and seat draw will be posted shortly along with a full recap of today's action.
Evan Sparling Eliminated in 17th Place ($68,000)
While Andre Marques' elimination hand was taking place on another table, this hand was playing out on the feature table:
The flop was and Jonathan Little had only 50,000 behind. His opponent, Evan Sparling, had only 27,500 behind. They were stalling, using their time bank cards to delay action, while the all-in played out at the other table. Eventually, they both checked and the turn was the .
Another round of stalling took place and they both checked to see the complete the board. Once they learned a player had been eliminated in 17th place, ensuring a pay jump for the next bust-out, they got all-in and turned up their hands.
Little's pair of queens was good to claim the pot while Sparling was left with crumbs. He was all in on the next hand against Artur Martirosian in the small blind.
Martirosian took the pot and ironically it was with pocket tens, the hand that cost Sparling most of his chips in the previous hand. He will collect $68,000 for his 17th place finish.
Wakil Calls Halverson
Just as the night was wrapping up, action was heads up with more than 500,000 in the middle and a full board of and Jamil Wakil was in the tank while facing a 400,000 bet from Mitchell Halverson. After a few moments of thought, Wakil tossed in the chips to call and Halverson turned over to take the pot with a set of tens.
Pais Doubles Through Csik
Mauricio Ferreira Pais was all in for the last of his stack with the flop showing and Christoph Csik was the one to put him at risk.
Mauricio Ferreira Pais:
The board ran out with to give Pais aces and kings for the double.
Andre Marques Eliminated in 18th Place ($59,100)
Jamil Wakil made it 55,000 to go on the button and Andre Marques as the shortest stack on the outer table in the small blind glanced at his cards. He then announced a three-bet to 335,000 with very few chips behind. Almost instantly, Wakil announced all-in and Mitchell Halverson followed that up with a "good luck".
Marques was still all smiles and responded "thank you" before he used the remaining time bank extension on the pay jump.
"I have to wait because the guy has like eight blinds," Marques explained in table chat. He then called it off before the time ran out and the cards were flipped over.
"The seven is always coming?!" Marques exclaimed and had some back door equity on the flop, asking for a six or five. Nothing changed with the turn and river as the Portuguese had to settle for 18th place and $59,100.
Matakis Doubles Through Iadisernia
Ian Matakis made it 50,000 to go and earned a flat-call from Giuseppe Iadisernia in the small blind, the latter of which led the flop for 55,000. The call by Matakis followed and the appeared on the turn.
Within a few seconds, Iadisernia bet 80,000 and Matakis then used one time bank extension before raising to 240,000. Iadisernia instantly motioned to see the remaining stack of Matakis before he pushed all in.
Matakis had one time bank extension left and put it to use. With just four seconds remaining, he flicked in the call and the cards were revealed.
With a gutshot and flush draw at his disposal, Iadisernia had plenty of outs but missed them all on the river. Matakis doubled for 455,000 and put a dent into Iadisernia's stack.