Walter Fisher Claims Chiplead Late on Day 2 of 2015 PCA Main Event

The top of the chip counts were congested near the end of Day 2, but a few late pots put Walter Fisher

The top of the chip counts were congested near the end of Day 2, but a few late pots put Walter Fisher

Day 2 set the stage for the rest of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as the total field and prizepool were set, while the field was cut down to less than 25 percent of where it started by the close of Day 2.

The two starting flights combined at the start of play Saturday – 220 from Day 1A, 589 on Day 1B and seven more players before Day 2 started for a grand total of 816. 514 of them came back, but only 175 of those players made it through five more levels – and a late push put Walter Fisher on top at the end of the night with 497,000.

It’s been a pretty good series already for Fisher, who made a deep run in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event before going out in 12th place. He’s followed in the chip counts by Hugh Drummond (456,800) and Juan Martin Pastor (446,000), who were also closing in on 500,000 when the chip bags came out.

Pratyush Buddiga (357,900) and Jim Collopy (342,000) both ended the night in the top 10, and PokerStars Team Pros Naoya Kihara, Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree and Bertrand Grospellier also ended Day 2 well above an average stack. Mike Leah – the runner-up for the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year award – had a good day in his own right.

Soccer legend Ronaldo also bagged a strong stack, and he appears poised to make a run at the money here in the PCA Main Event. It would be his first major result, should he fight through 56 more players on Sunday.

The bubble will almost certainly burst on Day 3, with 119 players set to reach the money. They’re all guaranteed to earn at least $17,800, but all eyes will be on the top nine spots – that’s where the six-figure payouts begin. Making the final table of eight will guarantee a $140,900 windfall, but it’s all about the top prize – and this year it stands at $1,491,580.

They’ll kick off at 12 pm and play five more levels on Day 3 Sunday, but there’ll still be two days separating everyone who makes it through from one of the most coveted final tables of the year. The $25,000 High Roller is set to kick off on Monday.

2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Walter Fisher – 497,000
  2. Hugh Drummond – 456,800
  3. Juan Martin Pastor – 446,000
  4. Mario Puccini – 380,000
  5. Adam Reynolds – 378,500
  6. Diego Ventura – 362,800
  7. Jesse Rockowitz – 359,700
  8. Pratyush Buddiga – 357,900
  9. Jim Collopy – 342,000
  10. Carlos Chadha – 322,900
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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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