Alex Millar Tops Main Event Day 1A, Stacked Field Remains in LAPT Bahamas

Dimitar Danchev (center) led late into the night in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Galen Hall (left) and Taylor Paur were also in the mix with just 14 players left.

Dimitar Danchev (center) led late into the night in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Galen Hall (left) and Taylor Paur were also in the mix with just 14 players left.

The Super High Roller stole much of the attention on Day 3 of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but a very busy Thursday also saw the Main Event – the reason most of the players are down at Atlantis – get underway.

By the time action wrapped up late Thursday, 220 players had signed up for Day 1A of the Main Event and Alex Millar – a high stakes cash game pro and a member of Team PokerStars Online – had built a big enough stack at 169,100 to claim the overnight chiplead. Dani Stern isn’t far behind with 145,200, while two of Millar’s fellow Team PokerStars Pros – Naoya Kiharao and 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker – each ended Day 1A in the top 10.

Tony Gregg finished second in this tournament in 2009, and while there’s ages to go he’s off to another good start this time around. Scott Seiver, Ole Schemion, Dan O’Brien, Garrett Greer, Ole Schemion, Shannon Shorr, Dominik Panka, Dan Colman and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the 139 players who advanced from Thursday’s flight.

Day 1B is expected to show a major uptick in players, and those players will kick off Friday afternoon at 12 pm ET. There are quite a few talented players who’ll have to late register for the PCA Main Event due to their success in the massive LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Just 11 players remained when play finished late Thursday night – and their ranks include Dimitar Danchev, Galen Hall, Martin Finger, Taylor Paur, Mustafa Kanit and Aaron Massey.

Danchev – the 2013 PCA Main Event champion – had the chiplead with two levels to go in Day 2 and ended the night in third, as he and the other 10 are set to play for a sizable $367,928 first place prize Friday. Josh Kay holds a slight chiplead as one of three players over the 2 million chip mark. With 532 unique players and 736 total entries for the first event outside the Super High Roller, the LAPT’s first ever event here at Atlantis reached near-record levels for the tour.

They’ll play out their final table on a live stream with hole cards Friday afternoon, with the customary one hour delay in place to protect the sanctity of the game. Whichever combination of eight players they end up with for the tournament’s final day, it should be the second in a long succession of highly entertaining final tables.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event – End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Alex Millar – 169,100
  2. Daniel Stern – 145,200
  3. Jason Helder – 124,800
  4. Owen Crowe – 121,000
  5. Andrew Whitaker – 108,700
  6. Naoya Kihara – 108,100
  7. Laszlo Bujtas – 99,600
  8. Chris Moneymaker – 97,200
  9. Tyler Cornell – 96,300
  10. Oleg Perepletchikov – 92,100
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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