The PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event began with 738 players, but today just 16 will return to action. They're all guaranteed $24,640 in prize money, but each have their eyes set on making the final table to stay in contention for the $480,012 first-place prize.
The man best positioned to make a run at it is Canada's Michael Gentili holds the chip lead with 3,708,000, which is over 150 big blinds. Gentili has $666,302 in live tournament earning, of which $494,797 came when he finished runner-up this past summer in the 2016 World Series of Poker Event 59: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
Gentili holds a healthy lead as his next closest competitor is Russia’s Aleksei Opalikhin, who sits with 2.084 million. Others returning to action are former PokerStars Big Game “Loose Cannon” Nadya Magnus (1.87 million), 2016 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Cliff Josephy (1.331 million), poker pro Christian Harder (1.305 million), 2012 PCA champ John Dibella (1.294 million), 2013 WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess (371,000), and the short-stacked PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier (340,000).
Day 5 kicks off at Noon local time with action picking up in Level 23. Here's how things stack up:
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