Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
One Hollywood star had a brief but colorful run in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event on Day 1a, but another had a quieter, more conventionally successful appearance on Day 1b.
A day after Kevin Hart lit up his table with cheerful talk, but only made his chips last a few hours, Breaking Bad and The Path star Aaron Paul bagged 74,700 chips to make it through to Day 2 of the event. Paul, looking the part of a typical grinder as he donned sunglasses, a beanie, and headphones, traded the occasional banter with his opponents but otherwise focused on chip accumulation. Helped in large part by a key pot against Chino Rheem early on, that strategy proved successful.
The pot in question saw the three-time World Poker Tour champ bet out 1,675 on a board of from the big bind and Paul raise to 4,000. Rheem came back with another raise to 10,000, and Paul called to see a river. Rheem moved all in for about 11,000 and Paul snapped it off.
Rheem feared the worst and asked if Paul had fives full, but the actor showed instead. Rheem uttered a few choice words on his way out the door, flashing for a turned straight when the dealer informed him he was obligated to show.
Another celebrity to bag some chips was former NFL star Richard Seymour. The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders alum has plenty of bling already — he collected three Super Bowl rings in his decorated career — but Seymour is looking for his first piece of poker hardware. He made a nice run in a WPT event last month, finishing 18th, and he's drawing live here after making it through Day 1b with 28,000.
Seymour had to survive with a big fold rather than a big hand. He faced off with American circuit grinder Vincent Moscati with a board of between the two. Seymour checked from middle position and Moscati bet about 13,000. That represented almost all of Seymour's chips, and he decided to fold queens face-up. Moscati showed him aces.
Overall, 470 players showed up for Day 1b to push the two-day total to 699. Registration is still open until the beginning of Day 2 on Tuesday, so there's still time for that number to inch upward. About 260 of the runners on Day 1b made it through.
The player who handed the dealer the heaviest bag was James Juvancic, with 271,800 in chips. Others to bag big included Andrew Ryan (224,300), Jan Kralik (164,900), Mattias Priolo (160,800), and PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos (156,800). Mohsin Charania, Sam Chartier, Mukul Pahuja, Maria Ho, and PokerStars Team Pros Vanessa Selbst and Chris Moneymaker also advanced.
Meanwhile, players who hit the rail during the eight levels of play included Jason Wheeler, Faraz Jaka, Jennifer Tilly, Anthony Zinno, Calvin Anderson, Mike Gorodinsky, and Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree and Celina Lin.
Day 2 gets underway at noon local time on Tuesday, so come back to PokerNews for more coverage.
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France's Florence Allera moved all in for her last 12,000 from early position and action folded to 2012 PCA champ John Dibella in the big blind. He didn't seem excited about it, but he made the call nonetheless.
It was a flip, but Allera needed to improve to stay alive. Unfortunately for her, that proved easier said than done as Dibella paired his ace on the flop. Neither the turn nor river helped Allera, and she headed for the exit.
2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess moved all in for 8,900 and action folded all the way around to Dan Høidahl, who opted to call from the big blind.
The kicker of Riess had him way out in front, but Høidahl picked up chop outs on the flop. Unfortunately for him, neither the turn nor river helped him, and he sent some chips over to Riess.
Felipe Ramos raised to 1,800 from middle position, and Thiago Mascarenhas moved all in for his remaining 10,300 chips.
Action was now on David MacNeil on the button and he called. Ramos folded.
The flop came and Mascarenhas was immediately drawing dead to the on the turn and the on the river.
Chris George bet 2,500 from middle position on a flop. Pascal Lefrancois called on the button and then called another barrel of 5,500 on the turn. When the arrived, George calmly cut out 16,000, and this time Lefrancois folded right away.
Antonio Della Sciucca was up against a bet of 10,400 from a player in the hijack on a board of . Sciucca, from the big blind, moved all in for about 50,000 and his opponent called off for around 45,000, showing a set of threes. Sciucca had for top set though, and his opponent expressed extreme frustration as the fell.