Like any major tournament with multiple starting flights, the primary goal of all assembled for Day 1B of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event was to advance and join all those who survived Day 1A on Saturday.
Some 587 players with that purpose turned out Friday afternoon for Day 1B, and while 368 managed to make it through to the end of the night some fared far better than others. Dietrich Fast of Germany was the only player in either flight to break 200,000, and his 208,200 will put him comfortably in the chiplead to start Day 2.
Konstantinos Pantaridis also outpaced all of the Day 1A survivors, and he’ll start Saturday in second. Among the big names in the room, Stephen Chidwick, Randal Flowers, Shawn Buchanan, Mickey Petersen and Daniel Negreanu were among the biggest stacks.
End day 1 of PCA main event with 85,400 which is very good. Today I play good. Tomorrow I gonna play more better.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) January 10, 2015
Mike Leah is off to a good start as he tries to repeat or top a career year in 2014, and Aaron Massey’s in a similar spot after an outstanding year of his own. Massey busted out of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event just before the final table early Friday afternoon, but quickly turned around and more than doubled his stack.
Pro golfer Sergio Garcia held on to advance to Day 2, but with less than 10,000 and blinds of 400/800 to start he’ll have to do something quick to keep his head above water. He’s still more fortunate than Jason Alexander, whose Day 1 went poorly and ended quite prematurely. Before things went sideways, however, he sat down with BLUFF to talk about his passion for the game of poker
There’s guaranteed to be 507 players when play resumes Saturday afternoon, but registration remains open until the first card goes into the air for Day 2.
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event – Combined Day 1 Chip Counts
- Dietrich Fast – 208,200
- Konstantinos Pantaridis – 184,000
- Alex Millar – 169,100
- German Sakavichyus – 152,000
- Daniel Stern – 145,200
- Andrey Shatilov – 136,500
- Alex Klimashin – 135,000
- Eyal Aleksnis – 131,000
- Tim Reilly – 131,000
- Dmitry Ivanov – 128,100
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