Juan Etcheverry Doubles Late, Leads Final 57 in 2015 PCA Main Event

Juan Etcheverra got a huge double in the final hour of Day 3, and he'll have the chiplead going into Monday's action.

Juan Etcheverra got a huge double in the final hour of Day 3, and he’ll have the chiplead going into Monday’s action.

Day 3 of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event was a busy one to say the least, and by the time they’d played through Level 18 just 57 players remained in the hunt for the title.

Juan Etcheverry played the biggest pot of this tournament so far in Sunday’s final hour, and his faceoff with Mario Puccini would go on to determine the chipleader. Puccini was the aggressor on every street except the river on an A T 6 J 7 board, and after Etcheverry raised all in for 650,000 on the river Puccini eventually called to swell the pot to 1.5 million. Etcheverry tabled A 3 for the runner-runner flush and took the chiplead – and he wouldn’t come close to relinquishing it for the rest of the night.

He wouldn’t be the only player to crack 1 million, however. Americans Chance Kornuth and Kevin Schulz both ended the night with an identical 1,165,000 stack to tie for second, followed by Day 2 bigshot Juan Martin Pastor with 930,000. Jim Collopy (889,000) and Rami Boukai (625,000) ended Day 3 in the top 10, while Pratyush Buddiga (589,000), Carter Swidler (583,000) and Noah Schwartz (558,000) were just on the outside of that group, looking in.

As if ending Day 3 of the PCA Main Event wasn’t enough, Swidler was able to pull off some serious magic online on his phone while on the phone – as noted by his friend Griffin Benger.

Jason Mercier, JC Alvarado, Naoya Kihara, Jonathan Duhamel, Trevor Pope, Olivier Busquet and Ole Schemion were also among the surviving group, but the biggest surprise of the day came from soccer star Ronaldo. He more than held his own throughout the day, and in winning a late coinflip on Day 3 Ronaldo’s positioned himself to do some serious damage on Day 4 if things break his way.

It was a completely different scene at the start of play Sunday, but it took just over two levels to reach the money bubble. After a bit of work during which tensions ran high they burst it a bit before they reached the midway point of the day.

The predictable rush of eliminations followed as player after player headed to the payout line – and the pace only slowed a bit as the day wound closer and closer to a close. Justin Zaki (115th) was one of the first to go, though Andre Akkari (113th), Robert Salaburu (111th), Jonathan Roy (108th), Max Silver(105th) and Bertrand Grospellier (104th) also went out in the first tier of payouts.

Daniel Negreanu started as one of the bigger stacks Sunday afternoon, but his time at the featured table left something to be desired and he’d eventually go out in 94th. Dani Stern (92nd), Shawn Buchanan (81st), Daniel Strelitz (79th), Owen Crowe (74th) and Liv Boeree (73rd) each made one pay jump before falling out late on Day 3.

Play is set to resume at 12 pm ET Monday afternoon, and the plan for the day is likely to include a playdown to either three tables (24 players) or two tables (16 players) – time permitting. The Main Event won’t be the only show in town in the Imperial Ballroom, as the $25,000 High Roller will also be getting underway Monday.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Juan Etcheverry – 1,704,000
  2. Chance Kornuth – 1,165,000
  3. Kevin Schulz – 1,165,000
  4. Juan Martin Pastor – 930,000
  5. Jim Collopy – 889,000
  6. Ambrose Ng – 877,000
  7. Emrah Cakmak – 815,000
  8. Diego Ventura – 643,000
  9. Rami Boukai – 625,000
  10. Eugenio Pacelli Mattar – 607,000
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