Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
James Martyn Leads Day 1a of 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event; Kevin Hart & Mike Watson Among Eliminated
Day 1a of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $5,000 Main Event attracted 229 players – up from last year’s 210 in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure — but after eight 75-minute levels of play, more than 100 of them had went the way of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and New York Giants – they were eliminated!
That meant 112 players managed to find a bag on Sunday night, but none put more in it than 30-year-old James Martyn, who finished as chip leader with 197,400. Martyn got a lot of his chips when he picked up pocket rockets and doubled through Andrey Zaichenko, who picked an inopportune time to shove with king-ten.
Others who finished with healthy stacks were Brad Marsh (173,200), Andre Cooks (160,400), Mikko Turtiainen (155,100), Alan Schein (140,100), Daniel Colman (136,100) and Igor Kurganov (121,000). They were joined by the likes of Nick Petrangelo (104,000), Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier (92,200), Cliff Josephy (87,100), and Mike “Timex” McDonald (54,600).
Another player to advance was 84-year-old Morris Dadoun, who qualified for the Main Event by winning a charity event. Dadoun had an offer to sell his seat, but he decided to live out a dream and play in one of poker’s most prestigious events. It couldn’t have gone much better as he was responsible for the tournament’s first elimination, played against 2016 GPI Player of the Year David Peters, and even went toe-to-toe with PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu. Dadoun, who had his wife on the rail, survived the night with 112,800, while Peters and Negreanu bagged 29,300 and 58,200 respectively.
Among those to try and fall on Day 1a were 2015 World Series of Poker champ Joe McKeehen, Friend of PokerStars Sergio Garcia, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, last year’s PCA champ Mike Watson, and Charlie Carrel, who busted just a couple hours after finishing runner-up to Jason Koon in the $100,000 Super High Roller for more than $1.1 million. Speaking of Koon, he went on to bag 22,900.
Another player to fall on Day 1a was big-time Hollywood actor and poker aficionado Kevin Hart.
"Tell them that I went down swinging," requested Hart, who busted after shoving his short stack with deuce-six offsuit. Aslan Tchechoev held pocket tens, and Hart watched helplessly as the board ran out dry. Hart said it best earlier in the day:
"My poker is like the felt, it's smooth... but if you push it back in the other direction, it gets rough."
While the field lost one celebrity, they’ll gain one tomorrow when Aaron Paul of The Path and Breaking Bad fame takes his shot at poker glory. Others who’ll be in action on Monday are Team PokerStars Pro and 2003 WSOP champ Chris Moneymaker, ESPT4 Marbella champ Ludovic Geilich, and World Poker Tour Amsterdam High Roller champ Jason Wheeler, just to name a few. Meanwhile, many who either advanced or busted – such as Dan Shak, Christoph Vogelsang, and Paul Newey – are expected to take their shots in the $50,000 High Roller.
Day 1b will kick off at 11 a.m. local time on Monday, and we’ll be here to bring you all the action. Until then, check out Sarah Herring’s video with Dadoun, who today got to live out his poker dream.
More to come.
Big blind Rodrigo Cordoba bet about 3,000 on a board, and Jonathan Dimmig raised to approximately 18,000 in the cutoff. Cordoba called, and the river was a . Dimmig bet 22,000 when checked to, and Cordoba responded with an all-in shove. Dimmig folded after some thought, and Cordoba showed .
Ben Tollerene got his remaining 24,000 or so in with jacks just before everyone bagged up, but he ran into an opponent with queens and busted.
With two of the final five hands to play, a table stacked with chips took its time to play down to the end in dramatic style.
The penultimate hand of Day 1a saw Jason Mercier (pictured) three-bet pre-flop and get one caller to a flop of . On that flop, the world-famous Floridian bet 5,700 and took the pot down. He took no part in the final hand, so stacked up a whopping 92,700 at the close of play.
In the final hand of the day, Adrian Mateos clashed with Aslan Tcechoev and the latter bet 2,000 preflop and got a call from Mateos and the big blind player. The flop of saw all three players check, but Tcechoev bet 3,500 on the and only Mateos called. The river saw Mateos checked to, and he bet 8,300. Tcechoev folded and Mateos bagged up an impressive stack of 120,900.
Both Mercier and Mateos did well in the final level of the day, but Brad Marsh from Canada sealed up 173,200 chips and that's one of the biggest stacks in the room on a day where 229 players pitched up to play the PokerStars Championship Main Event here in The Bahamas.
Gaelle Baumann had a three-bet to 5,100 in front of her on the button, and Pouliot Serge in the big blind made it 15,300. Baumann called after the middle-position opener folded. The flop came and Serge checked. Baumann bet 10,000 and Serge called. On the turn, Serge checked again. Baumann moved all in, causing her opponent to sigh.
"I don't think I'm good," he said.
Nonetheless, he called for about 23,000.
Serge's fears were warranted, and he needed an ace to chop or a heart to scoop on the river. The dealer brought forth the and Serge's tournament ended late on Day 1a.
The clock has been paused at the 15-minute mark in Level 8 and the tournament director has announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before the night is over.
Stay tuned for a detailed recap and chip counts!
It was a complete and total domination for a late all-in and call with John Clausell all-in and at risk with and up against Predrag Bukovec's .
The flop brought a pair and Broadway draw for each man, as it came . The turn gave both men two pair, but it was Clausell who needed the help which never came in on the river.
Presuming that you haven't got family and friends in the rafters because it's Day 1a of a Main Event, who would you like to see pitch up and lend their moral support to you on the rail at a live poker tournament?
Top of many people's list might be the super-cool Aaron Paul. Legend of the screen as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, he'll already be known to many of you as a poker player for L.A. Sunset, after winning his GPI game in 'The Cube' against Fabrice Soulier. Well, Aaron Paul is back to take part in tomorrow's Day 1b of the PokerStars Championships Bahamas Main Event and took the time to come and see how friend and PokerStars buddy Daniel Negreanu (pictured left) was getting on.
Negreanu was involved in a big hand, up against Bradley Snider on a board showing and with 18,000 chips in the middle already, whoever won would be taking a great pot into the final stages.
All of a sudden, while Team PokerStars Pro Negreanu and Aaron Paul shot the breeze, Snider was all-in for around 80,000!
"Wow - OK, you can take it!" said Negreanu, folding quickly.
Negreanu has just 22,000 left, and while that's not a disaster, he's drifted from before well above starting stack earlier. By contrast, Snider is up to around 95,000 chips and that's sufficient for a top ten stack.