2017 PokerStars Championship Panama

Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Panama

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
50,000 / 100,000

Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Igor Yaroshevskyy Leads PokerStars Championship Panama

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Igor Yaroshevskyy
Igor Yaroshevskyy

Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama started with four new players signing up, boosting the total to 366 players for the inaugural event in Panama City. Martin Jacobson, Ambrose Ng, Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney joined the field of 171 players that had survived Day 1a and 1b to start Day 2.

With 366 players and a total prize pool of $1,775,100, the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event is by far the biggest event in the history of Panamanian poker. In fact, the three biggest events on Panamanian soil were all held this week with the $50,000 Super High Roller and $25,000 High Roller coming in second and third. The $5,000 High Rollers that were part of the LAPT in former seasons never got more than 68 entries.

After five levels of play on Day 2, just 78 players remain. With 71 making the money, the bubble is going to burst early on Day 3. Igor Yaroshevskyy has the best position, as he brings a massive 745,500 in chips to Day 3.

The second day of play started full of action. Yaroshevskyy, who already started out as the biggest stack, got the entire stack of Vicente Delgado, who six-bet pushed with ace-deuce suited for 138,000. Yaroshevskyy called with kings and saw his hand hold up to strengthen his lead over the rest of the field.

Team PokerStars Pro Online's Jaime Staples started out as one of the shortest stacks in the tournament. While he did outlast Delgado, he met his destiny just a couple hands later. He doubled first but ran out of luck when he pushed ace-six into queens. He still had a fair shot at doubling up as any ace would be enough, but the dealer would not be kind to him. His opponent flopped quads and after just three community cards, Staples was drawing stone dead.

The two competing WSOP Main Event champions followed in quick succession. Martin Jacobson was first to go, getting it in with ace-queen against kings and not managing to suck out. Ryan Riess followed seconds later, he ran ace-king into queens and did not hit.

Not only did Jacobson bust from the late registrants, but all four of them hit the rail before the bagging and tagging would begin. Ng (bustout unknown), Seidel (ace-king into queens) and Kenney (ace-nine into tens) all got eliminated well before the day was done.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez would also go out prematurely. He got it in with jacks against aces on a nine-high board and did not improve.

Tito Ortiz did manage to survive the day, bagging a very respectable 270,500. He grinded all day and managed to keep his stack around the average, only to win the last three hands and win a ton more. He'll start Day 3 with 90 big blinds.

Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event starts at noon on Friday. Seven players go home empty-handed, $7,720 awaits those min-cash, and everyone will hunt the $293,860 that awaits the winner, which will be handed out Monday.

PokerNews will be on the floor all day again to bring you photos and updates from the Sortis Hotel Spa & Casino‎.

PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChip Count
12Andres CarrilloColombia156.000
13Luis PerezVenezuela65.000
14Michael CarterCanada14.500
15Vincent AllevatoCanada256.500
16Dmitry PonomarevRussia164.500
17Daniel AdesArgentina40.500
18Steven Thompson VilaCosta Rica135.500
21Thomas LefortCanada23.500
22Roman PavliukUkraine205.000
23Samuel GagnonCanada88.000
24Edward MandelUnited States49.000
25Tito OrtizUnited States270.500
26Denis TimofeevRussia569.000
27Mikhail ZamyatinRussia153.000
28Jiachen GongCanada34.500
31Aleks DimitrovBulgaria231.500
32Tom-Aksel BedellNorway111.500
33Jessica Perez BorregoPanama235.500
34Anthony DiotteCanada50.000
35Serge PouliotCanada218.500
36Kamal Abdel BittarParaguay107.500
37Jason WheelerMexico213.000
38Alexandre ViardFrance70.000
41Davidi KitaiBelgium20.000
42Pedro Romanzo PollinoVenezuela244.000
43Jose GonzalesArgentina166.000
44Ari EngelUnited States58.000
45Taran ParmarCanada179.000
46Jeiko Palma KuzmicicPanama175.000
47Luis Alejandro MataVenezuela127.000
48Sebastian Medina EchavarriaColombia49.000
51Harpreet GillCanada161.000
52Byron KavermanUnited States78.000
53Martin KusCanada125.000
54Arturo MoralesCosta Rica126.800
56Roman PapacekCzech Republic47.000
57Aaron BeenUnited States52.500
58Jose RosenkrantzCosta Rica98.500
61Yobrahin Larez SanchezVenezuela129.000
62Sergey LebedevRussia86.000
63Daniel DvoressCanada67.500
64Jose Moran GuzmanMexico102.500
65Robin Luca WozniczekGermany182.500
66Mark RadojaCanada177.000
67Erik CajelaisCanada129.500
68Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium62.500
71Kenneth SmaronUnited States234.500
72Marcelo Filartiga VillalbaParaguay33.500
73Jason KoonUnited States24.500
74Jordan SaccucciCanada56.500
75Karim ZerzourSweden57.000
76Felix BleikerSwitzerland125.000
77Manuel Martinez SolsonaSpain81.500
78Allberto Meran MatiasDominican Republic135.500
81Adrien AllainFrance118.000
82Eduards KudrjavcevsLatvia237.000
83Jairo EscobarColombia75.000
84Lokesh GargUnited States219.000
85Vasyl VertianovUkraine196.500
86Pablo GordilloSpain254.500
87Steve O'DwyerIreland184.000
88Michael LechUnited States139.500
91Luiz DuarteUnited States189.500
92Martin FingerGermany92.000
93Fabrice De BenedictisSwitzerland87.500
94James SalmonUnited States189.000
95Alberto Fonseca MasisCosta Rica82.500
96Caufman TalleyUnited States546.000
97Lucas BlancoSpain132.000
98Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine745.500
101JC AlvaradoMexico103.000
102Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania223.500
103Eric SemelUnited States61.000
104Hector Perez SalgadoColombia29.500
105Kliment Roussev TarmakovCanada100.500
106Adrian GruberUnited Kingdom90.000
107Michael PhillipsCosta Rica38.500
108Carlos Garcia SarmientoColombia54.500

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyTito Ortiz

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Player Chips Progress
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
745,500 45,500
Denis Timofeev ru
Denis Timofeev
569,000 -11,000
Caufman Talley us
Caufman Talley
546,000 96,000
Tito Ortiz us
Tito Ortiz
270,500 130,500
Vincent Allevato ca
Vincent Allevato
256,500 36,500
Pablo Gordillo es
Pablo Gordillo
254,500 174,500
Pedro Romanzo Pollino ve
Pedro Romanzo Pollino
244,000 44,000
Eduards Kudrjavcevs lv
Eduards Kudrjavcevs
237,000 50,000
Jessica Perez Borrego pa
Jessica Perez Borrego
235,500 60,500
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
234,500 -20,500
Aleks Dimitrov bg
Aleks Dimitrov
231,500 -54,500
Arunas Sapitavicius lt
Arunas Sapitavicius
223,500 73,500
Lokesh Garg us
Lokesh Garg
219,000 -1,000
Serge Pouliot ca
Serge Pouliot
218,500 103,500
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
213,000 -227,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Roman Pavliuk ua
Roman Pavliuk
205,000 174,000
Vasyl Vertianov ua
Vasyl Vertianov
196,500 196,500
Luiz Duarte br
Luiz Duarte
189,500 133,000
James Salmon us
James Salmon
189,000 44,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
184,000 23,000
EPT 1X Winner
Robin Luca Wozniczek de
Robin Luca Wozniczek
182,500 106,700
Taran Parmar ca
Taran Parmar
179,000 46,000
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
177,000 2,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic pa
Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic
175,000 74,000
Jose Gonzales ar
Jose Gonzales
166,000 31,000

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Three More Hands

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining field will play three more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 2, which means the money bubble will have to wait until tomorrow.

Stay tuned for any last-minute hands, a full recap of the Day 2 action, and a list of survivors complete with chip counts.

Jason Wheeler explains a hand where he eliminated a player, even though he did play the hand optimally.

Davidi Kitai Finally Makes His Move

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Davidi Kitai
Davidi Kitai

After Karim Zerzour limped from the hijack, Davidi Kitai, who has been nursing an extreme short stack for awhile, moved all in for 6,500 from the button. Venezuela's Luis Perez then three-bet to 14,500 from the small blind and Zerzour folded.

"You're ahead," Perez said.

"No," Kitai said with little confidence, though as it turned out he was wrong.

Kitai: {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Perez: {2-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

Kitai was in fact out in front, and he hit the {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} flop hard by making a flush. Perez was drawing to a chop, which would require two running diamonds bigger than those in Kitai's hand.

The {10-Spades} turn took away any chance of that happening and Kitai more than double after the {4-Hearts} was put out on the river. Kitai then gave Perez a little fist bump as a way of thanking him for the preflop protection.

Meanwhile, Andrew Chen was eliminated from the featured table.

Player Chips Progress
Luis Perez ve
Luis Perez
69,000 -34,300
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
20,000 13,500
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Andrew ChenLuis PerezDavidi Kitai

Timofeev Crosses Half a Milly

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

A big pot was brewing in the middle of the tournament room with about 30,000 in the pot already.

On a board reading {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs}, Adrien Allain checked from the cutoff and Denis Timofeev bet 14,000. Allain called.

The turn was the {3-Spades} and both players checked to the river, which was the {9-Hearts}.

Allain led out for 30,000 and Timofeev immediately looked at Allain's stack. After about a minute of deliberation, Timofeev raised to 80,000.

Allan looked uncomfortable and began cutting his chips down. He looked as though he was in agony, but eventually folded, sending the massive pot over to Timofeev, putting him over the 500,000 chip mark.

Player Chips Progress
Denis Timofeev ru
Denis Timofeev
580,000 240,000
Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
115,000 -45,000
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Adrien AllainDenis Timofeev

O'Dwyer Collects Three Streets

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

We found Steve O'Dwyer facing a bet of 4,500 from an opponent in middle position on a {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs} flop. O'Dwyer, who had the button, called. He called another barrel of 8,500 on the {j-Diamonds} turn, and a {6-Clubs} finished out the community. O'Dwyer had the option when checked to, and he fired in 20,000. His opponent thought about a minute and called, and O'Dwyer showed {q-Spades}{9-Hearts} for winning trips.

Player Chips Progress
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
161,000 81,000
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Steve O'Dwyer

Kudrjavcevs Puts Guzman to the Test

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Jose Moran Guzman defended his big blind from an under-the-gun raise by Eduards Kudrjavcevs, and they got to a turn with the board reading {5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades} after unknown flop action. Guzman checked and called 12,400 into about 20,000, and the river was a {4-Clubs}. Guzman checked a final time, and Kudrjavcevs put him all in.

"Tough decision," Guzman said after some time, looking at his last 85,000 or so. Finally, he let it go.

Player Chips Progress
Eduards Kudrjavcevs lv
Eduards Kudrjavcevs
187,000 117,200
Jose Moran Guzman mx
Jose Moran Guzman
85,000 -35,000

Tags: Eduards KudrjavcevsJose Moran Guzman

Finger Jams the Turn

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Martin Finger
Martin Finger

Byron Kaverman raised to 5,500 from under the gun and Martin Finger called from the cutoff, as did the big blind.

The flop came {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and the big blind checked. Kaverman bet 7,300 and the action moved to Finger. After about a minute, Finger raised to 20,500. The big blind got out of the way and Kaverman thought for a while before deciding to call.

The turn was the {k-Diamonds}. Kaverman quickly checked, and Finger moved all in for his remaining 40,000.

Kaverman looked displeased and flung his cards into the muck, sending the pot Finger's way.

Player Chips Progress
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
110,000 -22,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
100,000 25,000
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Byron KavermanMartin Finger

Plata for Escobar

Level 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Jairo Escobar got his last 30,000 or so in before the flop with {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} up against the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} of Alberto Fonseca Masis. Escobar would not hit, but did end up receiving all the chips in the middle.

The board ran out {2-Spades}{J-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and with quads on board, Escobar's queen kicker played. Fonseca Masis played the board and had to leave the pot to his opponent.

"I folded a deuce!" Jason Koon said jokingly.

Player Chips Progress
Alberto Fonseca Masis cr
Alberto Fonseca Masis
75,000 -19,000
Jairo Escobar co
Jairo Escobar
62,000 12,100

Tags: Jairo EscobarAlberto Fonseca Masis