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2014 PCA Main Event Day 5: Hall and Silver Fall, Eyes Now On McDonald

Tom Hall and Max Silver

The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will not be won by a British player after both Tom Hall and Max Silver crashed out of the tournament at the end of Day 5.

Day 5 began with 20 players in the hunt for the title and the massive $1,824,420 first place prize, including the aforementioned Hall and Silver who were representing the United Kingdom. Hall started well, eliminating Robert Auer when his {A-Hearts}{10-Spades} beat Auer’s {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} in an all-in preflop confrontation. As did Silver who sent Adrian Bussman to the rail in 17th place.

Players were busting left, right and centre with the dangerous Frenchman Antoine Saout, Allon Allison, UK-based Hungarian Pal Zsibrita, Jorgen Sandvoll Lindebo, Fabio Freitas and the online specialist Grayson “gray31” Ramage all falling in quick succession.

Ramage’s exit left only 10 players in the tournament and things were looking good for the last remaining Brits. That was until Hall found himself all-in for around 20 big blinds with {K-Spades}{9-Hearts} and needing some help from the board as Madis Muur’s had called with the superior {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. The {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop helped Muur instead of Hall who now needed running cards. The {A-Clubs} turn was not one of them and left Hall drawing dead. The {2-Hearts} completed the board and Hall busted in 10th place, a finish good for $112,400.

Shortly after Hall’s exit, the nine remaining players assembled at the unofficial nine-handed final table, but they would not play nine-handed for very long.

Pascal Lefrancois opened to 85,000 from early position and received two calls; Isaac Baron called in the hijack and Silver in the big blind. The {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} flop saw all three players tap the table and check. The {8-Hearts} fell on the turn and Silver jammed all-in for 600,000. Lefrancois asked for a count, processed the information for a short while, before calling. Baron instantly mucked. Silver revealed {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a flush draw and an inside straight draw, while Lefrancois flipped over {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for top pair with an open-ended straight draw. Silver’s tournament life hung in the balance as the dealer placed the fifth and final community card onto the felt – {K-Clubs} – which busted Silver and burst the final table bubble. Silver picked up $135,400 for his fantastic performance.

2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Pascal Lefrancois5,595,000
2Dominik Panka3,695,000
3Shyam Srinivasan1,505,000
4Isaac Baron2,995,000
5Fabian Ortiz3,040,000
6Mike McDonald5,605,000
7Madis Muur6,205,000
8Daniel Gamez1,885,000

Poker fans around the world who tune into the PokerNews Live Updates and watch the action unfold via the Live Stream are in for a real treat not only because the final table is the home to some extremely talented players, but they could also see poker history in the making.

The PCA is part of the European Poker Tour and should Mike “Timex” McDonald take the tournament down as many expect him to, he would become the first-ever player to win two EPT title, having won EPT Dortmund in Season 4. Winning this event will not be an easy task because McDonald’s seven opponents have reached this final table on merit and any one of them would be a worthy champion.

Many will see World Series of Poker bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois and Isaac Baron as McDonald’s most dangerous opponent, but if Shayam Srinivasan managed to double up early on, he would become even more dangerous – Srinivasan has over $7 million in online cashes – and will definitely have a say in where the 2014 PCA title ends up.

Keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews from 6:00pm UK time as we bring you coverage of the PCA Main Event final table, complete with hole card information. See you then!

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