Sam Greenwood Cracks 1M, Leads PCA SHR After Day 1

After eight levels, Sam Greenwood has quadrupled his stack and he'll start Day 2 with over 1 million. There were 61 total entries on Day 1, and 39 remain - though players have a chance to enter or re-enter until the start of Day 2 action Wednesday. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog

After eight levels, Sam Greenwood has quadrupled his stack and he’ll start Day 2 with over 1 million. There were 61 total entries on Day 1, and 39 remain – though players have a chance to enter or re-enter until the start of Day 2 action Wednesday. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog

The 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure officially kicked off in style Tuesday afternoon with the $100,000 Super High Roller – and the first of nine packed days of poker featured action away from the tables too.

Sam Greenwood was the only player over 1 million, and he managed to quadruple his starting stack on a day where only one other player even tripled theirs through eight levels on Day 1. Mike McDonald finished Tuesday in second, but he earned back a small chunk of his buy-in by winning a $10,000 freeroll offered by Bill Perkins.

McDonald did 300 air squats in an hour to claim a prize, but a later $10,000 challenge to do 350 pushups in an hour proved fell just short later in the day. Even with his extracurricular activities, McDonald enters Day 2 with a promising outlook and a lot of work left to be done.

Players can enter or re-enter through the start of play Wednesday afternoon, but the field is already looking strong with 49 unique players and 12 re-entries. Prizepool information will be released shortly after registration closes. Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Sorel Mizzi and Jason Mercier are just a few of the many notables near the top of the chip counts.

The rest of the counts are, predictable, littered with big names. Perkins has chips, as do Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Justin Bonomo and recent WPT Five Diamond champion Mohsin Charania. 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year Dan Colman, in his first tournament of 2015, made it through as well – albeit on a shorter stack than most. Defending PCA Super High Roller champion Fabian Quoss has yet to enter.

Day 2 will get underway at 12 pm Wednesday afternoon at the Atlantis, with a number of other notable tournaments kicking off throughout the day. The $3,000 LAPT Bahamas Main Event also starts at noon, with the first ever ‘Double Bubble’ event – a $2,200 turbo tournament where the top 50 percent get their buy-in back and the rest of the prizepool is paid out in a normal payout table to the top eight percent.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller – End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Sam Greenwood – 1,073,000
  2. Mike McDonald – 749,000
  3. Andrew Robl – 734,000
  4. Christoph Vogelsang – 697,000
  5. Carlos Chadha – 683,000
  6. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – 637,000
  7. Bryn Kenney – 626,000
  8. Sorel Mizzi – 577,500
  9. Erik Seidel – 546,000
  10. Jason Mercier – 540,000
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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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