Eugenio Mattar Leads Final 24 After Day 4 of PCA Main Event

Chance Kornuth has positioned himself for a run at the 2015 PCA Main Event final table with one more good day.

Chance Kornuth has positioned himself for a run at the 2015 PCA Main Event final table with one more good day.

Just two days remain in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, and after another day of battling it out Monday at Atlantis just 24 players remain in the hunt for this title.

Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo went out late on Day 4 in 26th place at the hands of his countryman – rental car magnate Eugenio Mattar, who now has the chiplead with 2,673,000 going into Day 5. Two other players finished the day with over 2 million – Frenchman Emrah Cakmak (2,037,000) and American Chance Kornuth (2,026,000).

Kornuth – a WSOP bracelet-winner and accomplished high stakes pro – enjoyed playing a big stack for the entire day on the featured table.

Andreas Samuelsson is fourth with 1,628,000 after doubling on the very last hand of Day 4. Juan Martin Pastor put him to the test by putting Samuelsson all in on a J 7 5 K board – and it took Samuelsson nearly six minutes to call with Q J. Pastor had a double gutshot straight draw with T 9 and with the chiplead riding on the river card, the 2 was a blank that sent the former chipleader plummeting down the counts.

Pratyush Buddiga rounds out the top five, with Maurice Hawkins, Jim Collopy, Rami Boukai, Dylan Linde, Scott Baumstein, Tim Reilly and Noah Schwartz rounding out the notables still in the mix.

Schwartz is the shortest of all, and even though he’ll start the day 24th of 24 he’ll continue to display the patience he had to rely on through much of Day 4.

“I just think my shortstack game, 15 to 20 and even eight to 12 big blinds, I think a lot of people have a lot of respect for it,” said Schwartz. “It enables me to do a few things. I just try to pick my spots – sometimes it works out like it did for Martin Jacobson in the [WSOP] Main Event, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

He was more fortunate than a number of other pros who had advanced to Day 4. Alex Venovski (52nd), Naoya Kihara (50th), Ole Schemion (45th), JC Alvarado (44th), Jonathan Duhamel (42nd), Jason Mercier (41st), Olivier Busquet (39th), Trevor Pope (36th) and Shannon Shorr (35th) each fell from the Main Event at various points on Monday afternoon.

The final 24 will be right back at it Tuesday afternoon, and by the time Day 5 is in the books the final table of eight will be set.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – End of Day 4 Chip Counts

  1. Eugenio Mattar – 2,673,000
  2. Emrah Cakmak – 2,037,000
  3. Chance Kornuth – 2,026,000
  4. Andreas Samuelsson – 1,628,000
  5. Pratyush Buddiga – 1,624,000
  6. Ratharam Sivagnanam – 1,341,000
  7. Niklas Hambitzer – 1,317,000
  8. Shyam Srinivasan – 1,310,000
  9. Diego Ventura – 1,154,000
  10. Juan Martin Pastor – 1,085,000
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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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