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2014 PCA $25,000 High Roller Day 2: Vanessa Selbst Leads

Vanessa Selbst

Day 2 of the big and bad $25,000 High Roller from the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure came to a close on Sunday. Leading the way is none other than Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, the defending champion of this very event. She bagged up 1,633,000 in chips.

Day 3 Chip Counts

1Vanessa Selbst1,633,000
2Joao Vieira1,604,000
3Myro Garcia1,181,000
4Greg Merson1,112,000
5Jacob Carl Schindler1,109,000
6Marvin Rettenmaier1,014,000
7Rob Mizrachi856,000
8Dani Stern837,000
9Daniel Negreanu723,000
10Mustapha Kanit705,000
11Aleksandr Denisov626,000
12Dan Smith434,000
13Ole Schemion357,000
14Paul Newey162,000

Just 14 players remain, and it is a packed group that's left. Selbst's lead is extremely small, as she's only 19,000 in chips ahead of Joao Vieira with 1,604,000 in second place. Also remaining are Daniel Negreanu, Ole Schemion, Dan Smith, Rob Mizrachi, and the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson.

Selbst is in a very familiar spot, and it's not just because she won this very event last year for $1,424,420 — she knows a thing or two about winning the same tournament in consecutive years.

In 2010, Selbst won the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun Main Event for $750,000. She then went on to do the unthinkable and win the same exact event the following year in 2011 for $450,000. Given her experience and the pole position she's in heading into Day 3, Selbst is no doubt the favorite going forward.

Selbst is also riding a hot streak here at the 2014 PCA. First, she started her festival off by placing third in the $100,000 Super High Roller for $760,640. Then, she took 42nd in the $10,000 Main Event for $32,000. She's already guaranteed nearly $90,000 in this event and has once again shown to the world why she is one of the best — if not the best — tournament poker player in the world.

Also making it to Day 3 was Paul Newey, the investor and businessman that's recently taken the plunge into the poker world. Prior to this in-the-money finish, Newey had just one cash on record for $4,400 from last year's PCA. Well, he's back at the festival this year and already locked up a solid $89,560 in prize money. He'll be the short stack returning with 162,000 in chips, but anything can happen if he gets a double up or two on Monday.

Day 3 will see a winner crowned and one of these tough competitors become $1,279,880 richer. The cards will be back in the air at 12 p.m. local time on Monday, and you can find all of the live coverage from the tournament floor right here on

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