Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event closed registration at the start of Day 2. The event attracted a total of 738 players with 699 of those registering on Day 1a and 1b and the remainder coming in before the start of play on Day 2. 28 players who won a ticket via a Spin & Go never showed up to play, but their buy-ins were added to the prize pool. With a total prize pool of $3,376,712, first place is paying $480,012 and a min cash is worth $7,260.
Aaron Paul headlined Day 1b and most of Day 2. He was, however, unable to find a bag at the end of the six levels. The Breaking Bad star was short and eventually got his remaining chips in the middle with ace-nine. Daniel Colman called with queen-ten and Paul was immediately on his feet to sweat the result of the hand. The flop and turn ran out an ace, king and two jacks; giving Colman the nut straight but Paul was live if he managed to find a way to make a full house on the river. The deuce was a brick, though, and Paul was sent to the rail with only nine spots to go until the bubble would burst.
Play ended at the end of Level 14, shortly after Noah Boeken was eliminated by Tom Janssens on the bubble. Janssens raised the cutoff and Boeken, a former EPT Copenhagen champion and Master Classics of Poker winner, jammed his remaining 15,800 all in from the big blind. Janssens called and tabled ace-five, while Boeken had the dominating pocket tens. Janssens smashed the river to make a straight, sending Boeken home in 144th place on the stone bubble.
Nick Maimone bagged the most chips at the end of the day with 689,000, with Daniel Colman close behind with 620,000. Maimone is no stranger to The Bahamas as he took second in a $5,000 event in 2015 and took down the $25,000 High Roller last year for just shy of a million dollars. Even though Maimone has just under two million in live recorded cashes, he has only a single recorded win. He'll look to book his second one later this week.
Other notable players to find a bag tonight include Pascal Lefrancois (484,500), Mike McDonald (436,000), Sylvain Loosli (374,000), Cliff Josephy (242,500), Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (281,000) and Barry Greenstein (95,000) and Team Online's Jaime Staples (211,500).
Familiar faces who made it to Day 2 but did not move on include William Kassouf, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Maria Ho, Mustafa Kanit, Jason Koon and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu and Victor Ramdin.
Day 3 fires up tomorrow at noon with 125 players returning to play another six levels on the road to crowning a winner in the first-ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Blinds will start at 2,000/4,000 when the players return. Stay with us here at PokerNews for more live coverage!
|1||1||Dorian Rios Pavon||Venezuela||52,000|
|1||3||Will Failla||United States||39,500|
|1||4||Donys Ivan Agnelli Rojas||Venezuela||175,000|
|1||5||Jacques Der Megreditchian||France||84,000|
|1||6||Thomas Bo Markussen||Denmark||29,500|
|1||7||Axat Tulsidas Mawji||United Kingdom||169,500|
|1||8||Michael Vela||United States||440,500|
|2||2||Bradley Snider||United States||29,000|
|2||5||Scott Stewart||United States||115,500|
|2||6||Harrison Gimbel||United States||204,000|
|3||1||Michael Zuckerman||United States||77,000|
|3||2||Smit Trivedi||United Kingdom||149,000|
|3||3||Luke Haward||United Kingdom||8,000|
|3||7||Byron Kaverman||United States||286,000|
|4||2||Esther Taylor||United States||35,000|
|4||5||Myung Shin||United States||204,000|
|4||6||Stein Vegar Rødseth||Norway||99,500|
|4||8||Nick Maimone||United States||689,000|
|5||5||Pedro Baptista Martinho Cabeca||Portugal||428,500|
|5||7||Benjamin Philipps||United Kingdom||250,500|
|6||1||Czeslaw Szerszen||United States||145,500|
|6||5||Jason Mercier||United States||281,500|
|6||6||Brian England||United States||72,500|
|7||1||Likith Govindaiah||United States||100,000|
|7||5||Bernard Lee||United States||35,500|
|8||4||Massimo De Mario||Italy||128,000|
|8||5||Benjamin Wittams-Smith||United Kingdom||25,000|
|8||8||James Tian||United States||147,500|
|9||1||Harry Ratchford||United States||22,000|
|9||2||Jorge De Oliveira Lopez||Portugal||90,000|
|9||4||Chance Kornuth||United States||97,500|
|9||6||Rex Clinkscales||United States||428,500|
|10||2||Allen Kessler||United States||152,500|
|10||4||Nadezhda Magnus||United States||200,500|
|10||6||John Engledow||United Kingdom||136,500|
|10||7||Christian Harder||United States||232,000|
|10||8||Jan Kralik||Czech Republic||203,500|
|11||3||Erick Brenes Cuadra||Costa Rica||68,000|
|11||4||Eric Semel||United States||43,000|
|11||5||Barry Greenstein||United States||95,000|
|11||8||Matthew Wantman||United States||92,000|
|12||4||Paul Fisher||United States||32,500|
|12||7||Vincent Moscati||United States||17,500|
|13||1||John Dibella||United States||80,000|
|13||2||Jackduyph Duong||United States||142,000|
|13||4||James Juvancic||United States||431,500|
|13||5||Dan Colman||United States||620,000|
|13||7||Patrick Stacey||Cayman Islands||111,500|
|14||3||Andrew Ryan||United States||307,500|
|14||4||Richard Seymour||United States||110,000|
|14||5||Daniel Weinman||United States||167,000|
|14||7||Tony Tran||United States||298,000|
|15||1||Andjelko Andrejevic||United States||103,500|
|15||2||Ryan Riess||United States||249,500|
|15||5||Cliff Josephy||United States||242,500|
|15||7||Alan Schein||United States||112,500|
|15||8||Willliam Batista Arruda||Brazil||360,000|
|16||2||Pedro Da Cunha Cavalieri Doro||Brazil||61,500|
|16||4||Michael Scarborough||United States||108,000|
|16||5||Michael Bills||United States||162,500|
|16||6||Paul Ephremsen||United Kingdom||182,500|
|16||7||Pratyush Buddiga||United States||177,500|
|16||8||Benjamin Zamani||United States||81,000|
Gaelle Baumann was faced with a tough call on a full board for a big portion of her stack in the penultimate hand of the night. On a board of , the pot was only worth 40,000 before the river, but Baumann's bet of 17,000 was raised by Aslan Tcechoev to 77,700 as he moved all-in.
Baumann took her time, but eventually called, and Tcechoev showed . Baumann turned over and that was a good call. She has waited right until the end of the day, but made the big hands count with the right pay at the right time, and will bag up a good stack to take into Day 3.
Both Gabriel Attiave and Govert Metaal were short after the bubble, and each got their respective stacks in preflop while Mike Vela and another player had side action.
A bet from Vela on a flop got the other active player to fold, and then all three players tabled their hands.
Vela paired his ten on the flop to take the lead, and he held it when the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river. With that, Vela scored the double elimination.
The clock has now been paused at the 10-minute mark and the tournament director has announced there will be five more hands played before the end of the night.
Stay tuned for a full recap and chip counts!
With several short stacks just hanging on hoping to survive the bubble, the atmosphere was tense in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis resort. Just one more player would go empty-handed, but who would it be? Davidi Kitai, one of the shortest players in the tournament, was eyeing the other stacks, other shorties walked around as well to see where they ranked.
Over on Table 2, Belgian player Tom Janssens raised the cutoff and Dutchman Noah Boeken in the big blind shoved for 15,800. Janssens did not hesitate and called.
Action was once again paused, waiting for the other tables to finish. "I have a very bad hand" Boeken admitted, but he did know he was in front as Janssens had admitted what he had already.
It turned out two more players would end up all-in that hand, but it was Boeken versus Janssens who showed first.
With the cameras buzzing and the onlookers holding their breath, the dealer burned a card and placed the first three community cards just above the divider line in the middle of the table: .
So far, things were looking good for Boeken but the turn would change that. Janssens asked for a six to spice things up but instead got the , which still made things interesting.
Jason Mercier predicted the three to come and so it did: on the river to give Janssens a wheel and Boeken's dream of cashing the first ever PokerStars Championship were crushed.
The former EPT Copenhagen and Master Classics of Poker champion could still chop a min cash if one or two of the other players that were at risk would bust, but he would not get so lucky. Both shorties doubled and Boeken ended up as the pure and only bubble.
Donys Ivan Agnelli Rojas from Venezuela raised from early position and saw short stack Tom Thomas shove for 29,500 from the big blind. Rojas called and play was halted, awaiting the outcome of two other all-in and call situations over on other tables.
The two other big confrontations ended up with a double for the shorter stack in the hand, so Thomas' tournament life was on the line with everything at risk. It was time for the players to table their cards:
Donys Ivan Agnelli Rojas:
With poker media, a lot of players, onlookers and the television crew all surrounding the table, the dealer began to deal the community cards.
The flop and turn appeared rather quickly and meant no harm to Thomas. The on the river, however, did and with an intense wry smile, he walked away from the table.
Ace on the river did Thomas in, no cash for him. 144 players remain, still hand for hand as the tournament needs to lose one more player before the money stage is reached.
Scott Stewart raised to 6,000 from middle position and James Juvancic called from the small blind. Both players then checked the flop and the peeled off on the turn.
Juvancic bet 8,500, Stewart called, and then both players returned to checking on the river. Stewart tabled the , and it was good as Juvancic sent his hand to the muck.