For much of Day 2 of the 2015 PCA $25,000 High Roller, it looked as if they wouldn’t get anywhere close to a final table – but a late flurry of eliminations left just 11 players in contention.
The top of the chip counts are quite bunched up, but Canadian Jean-Pascal Savard sits atop the others with 2,433,000. EPT Vienna champion Oleksii Khoroshenin (2,256,000) is second – followed by defending WSOP Seniors Event champion Dan Heimiller (2,123,000) and Dominik Nitsche (1,965,000). Lee Markholt, Scott Seiver, Bryn Kenney, Joe Kuether and Faraz Jaka round out the notables remaining in the field.
520k to end day 2 of the high roller. 11 left playing to a winner tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/v0aiIIfihZ
— Joe Kuether (@jkuether3) January 14, 2015
The field had already reached a record as they had 257 entries by the close of Day 1. An additional 12 players chose to either take their first shot or utilize their single re-entry to drive the final number for the field to 269. That led to an astounding prizepool of over $6.4 million, 39 spots paid and a first place prize of $1,294,460.
There was still significant work to be done before they reached the money, and even after six levels of poker they still hadn’t done so as they left for dinner. In that time wave after wave of top pros hit the rail, including defending champion Jake Schindler. They had to lose six more players once play resumed, and in that time players like Sam Trickett and Andrew Robl fell by the wayside.
With two left before the money, Jeff Rossiter and Paul Volpe went out simultaneously to bust the money bubble, meaning there would be no need for hand-for-hand play. Jake Cody was the last to go out before a pay bump in 32nd, and he was followed soon thereafter by Jonathan Little in 31st as he lost K Q to Faraz Jaka’s 9 9 to bust.
Darren Elias (29th), Davidi Kitai (25th), Jonathan Karamalikis (24th), Thomas Muhlocker (22nd) and Garrett Greer (17th) each cashed, but following Greer’s exit the final two tables redrew as they played it out for even bigger money.
They final 11 are set to return at 12 pm Wednesday morning to finish out the last major event of the series – with nearly $1.3 million and a significant title awaiting the last player standing.
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller – End of Day 3 Chip Counts
- Jean-Pascal Savard – 2,433,000
- Oleksii Khoroshenin – 2,256,000
- Dan Heimiller – 2,123,000
- Dominik Nitsche – 1,965,000
- Ilkin Garibli – 1,410,000
- Lee Markholt – 836,000
- Nick Petrangelo – 800,000
- Scott Seiver – 761,000
- Bryn Kenney – 610,000
- Joe Kuether – 520,000
- Faraz Jaka – 368,000
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