Main Event Hits $10 Million Guarantee, Shankar Pillai Leads Day 1B

Shankar Pillai topped the Day 1B Main Event field. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Shankar Pillai topped the Day 1B Main Event field. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Day 1B of the 2014 Caribbean Adventure kicked off at noon and pulled  710 entries – bumping up the total to an unofficial number of 1,005 entries. The much-talked about $10 million guarantee was met, with room to juice the prize pool even more with registration open until the start of Day 2.

After eight levels of action the day came to a close with approximately 475 players remaining. Shankar Pillai leads the field after bagging up 173,900. Just behind Pillai sits Rens Feenstra with almost 150,000.

Also moving on to Day 2 with a sizable stare are Noah Boeken, David “ODB” Baker,Antoine Saout, Greg Merson and Dan Shak. Notables moving on include Fabian Quoss, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver, Micah Raskin and Martin Finger.

Unable to survive the day were Matt Waxman, Michael Mizrachi, Kyle Julius, Thomas Marchese, Kevin MacPhee, Fatima de Melo, Steve O’Dwyer, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, David Williams and Christian Harder.

By the last level of the night Quoss was hovering around the starting stack and got into a huge preflop confrontation with Dan Kelly. Quoss moved all in with pocket aces and Kelly called with pocket kings. The board ran Q 8 3 6 3 and the recent $100,000 Super High Roller winner doubled up to almost 70,000.

Raskin picked up some chips for strong finish when held pocket kings and an opponent moved all in against him holding Q J. The board ran A J 2 9 6 and Raskin chipped up to 70,000.

MacPhee was eliminated in a cooler when he got into a preflop raising war holding jacks. Morris Barrett called holding pocket kings, the board ran 8 6 5 T 2 and MacPhee was eliminated.

While the Main Event was running the feature stage was remodeled a bit for PokerStars’ new show Shark Cage. The show features a winner-take-all format and has a 30-second shot clock. There is also an actual cage on stage where the victim of a river bluff will have to stand while they miss one orbit. The first round of players included Phil Laak, Jason Alexander, Tony Dunst, Lex Veldhuis and an online qualifier.

A second flight kicked off during the closing levels of the Main Event which featured Theo Jorgensen, Faraz Jaka, Philipp Gruissem and Jennifer Tilly.

Day 2 will have cards are in the air at noon and will play another eight levels before bagging up for the night.

Main Event Day 1B Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Shankar Pillai – 173,900
  2. Rens Feenstra – 148,400
  3. Timothy Reilly – 124,000
  4. Kunal Patel – 123,000
  5. Noah Boeken – 117,000
  6. John Dibella – 115,000
  7. David “ODB” Baker – 112,000
  8. Antoine Saout – 105,000
  9. Daniel Weinman – 104,000
  10. Simon Higgins – 97,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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