2017 PokerStars Championship Panama

Main Event
Day: 3
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Panama

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

Main Event

Day 3 Completed

Yaroshevskyy Bluffs Off Lead to Salmon, Ortiz Survives

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
James Salmon
James Salmon

Igor Yaroshevskyy was continuing to dominate at PokerStars Championship Panama $5,300 Main Event. He had come into Day 3 as a massive chip leader, and little had changed as he moved his stack of 745,500 up to about 1 million with less than an hour remaining in the day.

Looking to close the day as the leader once more, he got involved in a pot with James Salmon at 3,000/6,000/1,000. Yaroshevskyy continuation-bet a king-high flop and got some resistance from Salmon in the form of a small raise. He came back with a reraise to 100,000, and Salmon called. Yaroshevskyy then barreled the turn and put Salmon all in on the river, and the America made a tough call with just king-queen for top pair. It proved good as Yaroshevskyy had an eight-high bluff, and just like that, the tournament took a major turn.

Instead of Yaroshevskyy continuing with the lead, it's now Salmon who paces the remaining field of 30 players with a stack of 1,020,000. The Florida-based player would nearly double his live cashes with a win in the Main Event.

Yaroshevskyy, meanwhile, still bagged a healthy 506,000.

Another player who advanced was famed MMA fighter Tito Ortiz. Invited to the tournament at the behest of PokerStars, Ortiz has outlasted hundreds of more experienced players and held his own when battling some tough pros like Denis Timofeev, although he will limp into Day 4 after losing most of his stack to end the night.

Ortiz got in a raising war with Roman Pavliuk just a few hands before players were scheduled to bag, getting just under 40 big blinds in with king-queen against Pavliuk's aces. Though Ortiz turned top pair, it wasn't enough, and he sent nearly all of his stack to Pavliuk.

Left with only 10 big blinds, Ortiz managed a late double when he got a gutshot and live cards in against Yaroshevskyy's king-high and turned a straight. Ortiz will take 117,000 into Day 4.

Other players making it through included Timofeev, JC Alvarado, Michael Lech, Byron Kaverman, Jason Koon, Mark Radoja and Jason Wheeler.

The money bubble burst early in the day, and all but eight of the eliminated players received payouts for their efforts. Davidi Kitai, Adrien Allain, Sergey Lebedev, Steve O'Dwyer, Martin Finger, Erik Cajelais, Daniel Dvoress and Ari Engel were among those making the money but failing to advance to bagging time.

The remaining runners return at noon local time on Saturday for Day 4, so come right back to PokerNews to follow the action.

Day 4 Table Draw PokerStars Championship Panama

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Robin WozniczekGermany658,000
12Jessica PerezBorregoPanama
13Vasyl VertianovUkraine586,000
14Byron KavermanUSA569,000
16Tito OrtizUSA117,000
17Pablo GordilloSpain188,000
18Alberto Meran MatiasDominican Republic378,000
21Mark RadojaCanada177,000
22Roman PavliukUkraine355,000
23Harpreet GillCanada320,000
24Luis MataVenezuela310,000
25JC AlvaradoMexico642,000
26Denis TimofeevRussia520,000
27Vincent AllevatoCanada596,000
28Aleks DimitrovBulgaria180,000
33James SalmonUSA1,020,000
34Alexandre ViardFrance200,000
35Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium513,000
36Pedro PollinoVenezuela108,000
37Kenneth SmaronUSA471,000
38Samuel GagnonCanada93,000
41Jason KoonUSA347,000
42Michael LechUSA537,000
43Anthony DiotteCanada295,000
44Caufman TalleyUSA159,000
45Andres CarrilloColombia145,000
46Fabrice De BenedictisSwitzerland158,000
47Jason WheelerMexico184,000
48Arunas SapitaviciusLithuania316,000

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyJames SalmonTito Ortiz

End of Day 3 Counts (full)

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
James Salmon us
James Salmon
Robin Luca Wozniczek de
Robin Luca Wozniczek
658,000 203,000
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
642,000 -18,000
Vincent Allevato ca
Vincent Allevato
596,000 26,000
Vasyl Vertianov ua
Vasyl Vertianov
586,000 36,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
569,000 219,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Lech us
Michael Lech
537,000 27,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Denis Timofeev ru
Denis Timofeev
520,000 -58,000
Jonathan Abdellatif be
Jonathan Abdellatif
513,000 103,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
506,000 -2,000
Kenneth Smaron us
Kenneth Smaron
471,000 -19,000
Alberto Meran Matias do
Alberto Meran Matias
378,000 138,000
Roman Pavliuk ua
Roman Pavliuk
355,000 5,000
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
347,000 67,000
Jessica Perez Borrego pa
Jessica Perez Borrego
342,000 -148,000
Harpreet Gill ca
Harpreet Gill
320,000 135,000
Arunas Sapitavicius lt
Arunas Sapitavicius
316,000 66,000
Luis Alejandro Mata es
Luis Alejandro Mata
310,000 -20,000
Anthony Diotte ca
Anthony Diotte
295,000 145,000
Alexandre Viard fr
Alexandre Viard
200,000 -5,000
Pablo Gordillo es
Pablo Gordillo
188,000 -112,000
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
184,000 -11,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Aleks Dimitrov bg
Aleks Dimitrov
180,000 4,000
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
177,000 -83,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Caufman Talley us
Caufman Talley
159,000 -61,000

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Ortiz Doubles to End Day

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante

Tito Ortiz raised to 12,000 in middle position and then called a three-bet to 25,000 from Igor Yaroshevskyy, who had the button. The flop came {2-Spades}{a-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Ortiz checked. Yaroshevskyy put him all in for 27,000, and Ortiz thought awhile and decided to call.

Ortiz: {10-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
Yaroshevskyy: {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Ortiz had a gutter and live cards, and the sweat was over quickly when a {3-Diamonds} hit. A {4-Clubs} completed the board and Ortiz took the pot with his straight.

Player Chips Progress
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
508,000 31,000
Tito Ortiz us
Tito Ortiz
113,000 48,000

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyTito Ortiz

Kuzmicic Eliminated by Alvarado

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante

Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic was down to 37,000 and moved all in. JC Alvarado called.

Alvarado tabled {a-Spades}{k-Spades} while Kuzmicic was disappointed to see he was dominated with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}.

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and Kuzmicic was sent home just before the end of Day 3.

Player Chips Progress
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
660,000 -190,000
Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic pa
Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic

Tags: JC AlvaradoJeiko Palma Kuzmicic

Wozniczek Busts Parmar

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
Taran Parmar
Taran Parmar

Pablo Gordillo opened for 14,000 and Robin Luca Wozniczek three-bet to 28,000 from the cutoff. One position over sat Taran Parmar on the button and he shoved for 141,000. Both blinds and Gordillo folded, Wozniczek instantly called.

Robin Luca Wozniczek: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}
Taran Parmar: {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

"Done!" Parmer said as soon as he saw the showdown. "What do I need? Hearts?"

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Jason Koon and Parmer simultaneously mentioned the five now being an out for a chop.

Parmer gained some more outs with the {Q-Hearts} on the turn but the {4-Diamonds} on the river wasn't one of the cards he was looking for.

Parmar was seen standing at the payout talking to Doug Lee while the players at the table congratulated each other on making a pay jump.

Player Chips Progress
Robin Luca Wozniczek de
Robin Luca Wozniczek
455,000 155,000
Taran Parmar ca
Taran Parmar

Tags: Robin Luca WozniczekTaran Parmar

Ortiz Shoves Into Pavliuk's Bullets

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante
Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

Roman Pavliuk came in raising with 15,000 in the hijack, and Tito Ortiz made it 30,000 in the small blind. Pavliuk reraised again to 60,000, and Ortiz immediately pushed in all of his chips, 233,000. Pavliuk snap-called for less.

Pavliuk: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Ortiz: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Pavliuk had Ortiz crushed, and the {5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{j-Hearts} flop kept it that way. A {k-Spades} turn gave Ortiz a chance, but a {2-Clubs} river was a haymaker to the famed fighter's chin, leaving him in need of a double as Day 3 winds to a close.

Player Chips Progress
Roman Pavliuk ua
Roman Pavliuk
350,000 155,000
Tito Ortiz us
Tito Ortiz
65,000 -221,000

Tags: Roman PavliukTito Ortiz

Fabrice De Benedictis Spikes the River to Stay Alive

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante

Fabrice De Benedictis moved all in for his last 83,000 from the cutoff and Robin Luca Wozniczek called from the big blind.

Wozniczek: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Benedictis: {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

Benedictis was in a world of hurt, and he was left wanting on the {2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop. The {4-Hearts} turn meant he could chop with a five, but it'd be the {A-Hearts} on the river that would give Benedictis new life.

Player Chips Progress
Robin Luca Wozniczek de
Robin Luca Wozniczek
490,000 -85,000
Fabrice De Benedictis ch
Fabrice De Benedictis
175,000 92,000

Tags: Robin Luca WozniczekFabrice De Benedictis

Cold Four From Salmon

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 1,000 ante

After an open in the cutoff to 15,000, Igor Yaroshevskyy made it 47,000 to go in the next seat. James Salmon was next to act and came out raising to 159,000. After the opener mucked, Yaroshevskyy thought long and hard, leaning back in his seat to get a different angle view of Salmon, who had the dealer in between him and Yaroshevskyy. After about three minutes, Yaroshevskyy gave up his hand.

Player Chips Progress
James Salmon us
James Salmon
1,020,000 41,000
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
477,000 -11,000

Tags: Igor YaroshevskyyJames Salmon