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2016 PCA Main Event Day 4: The Leonardo Pires Show Continues with 19 Left

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  • Leonardo Pires leads after Day 4 of the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

  • Only 19 players remain in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

Day 4 of the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,300 Main Event came to a close Tuesday night following the completion of another five levels of play.

Going back to Day 2 of the event, it's been the Leonardo Pires show. He finished atop the surviving 195 players at the end of action on Sunday, maintained that lead throughout Day 3 on Monday while the field worked its way into the money, and most recently finished with the largest stack after Day 4. Pires' style can best be described as unconventionally aggressive. He does a lot of interesting things when he's involved in a pot, but his play certainly doesn't lack excitement.

Pires bagged up 4.566 million at the end of Day 4 and finished with a healthy lead on top of the pack of the final 19.

Bunched in behind Pires were Randy Kritzer (2.385 million), Fabian Ortiz (2.309 million), Timothy Ulmer (2.2 million), Phillip McAllister (2.152 million), and David Eldridge (2.1 million).

End-of-Day 4 Chip Counts

1Leonardo Pires4,566,000
2Randy Kritzer2,385,000
3Fabian Ortiz2,309,000
4Timothy Ulmer2,200,000
5Phillip McAllister2,152,000
6David Eldridge2,100,000
7Stephen Chidwick1,428,000
8Toby Lewis1,396,000
9Ken Demlakian1,394,000
10Matt Waxman1,228,000
11Tony Gregg1,091,000
12Martin McCormick1,012,000
13Mike Watson952,000
14Paul Gooley705,000
15Ami Barer679,000
16Vladimir Troyanovskiy612,000
17Fabian Chauriye513,000
18Fedor Holz453,000
19Taylor Paur400,000

When the day began, just 73 competitors remained from the starting field of 928. As the day wore on, the event lost Davidi Kitai (70th), Jeff Gross (68th), Shawn Buchanan (60th), Ramin Hajiyev (47th), Felipe Ramos (45th), Jonathan Jaffe (37th), Jason Koon (34th), John Racener (21st), and Jason Mercier (20th).

Mercier went out in the final level of Day 4. With the blinds at 10,000/20,000/3,000, Mercier moved all in from the button for about 345,000 after Ami Barer had opened to 45,000. Barer called with the {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}, and Mercier showed a crushed {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, and Mercier was gone with a $32,360 payday.

Barer went on to finish the day with 679,000 in chips.

Also remaining in the field going to Day 5 was Tony Gregg, a two-time final table player in this event. In 2009, Gregg placed second. In 2012, he took sixth. He bagged up 1.091 million after play on Tuesday, and we'll see if he can finally book the win in the event he seems to always perform well in.

Others who remained were Stephen Chidwick (1.428 million), Toby Lewis (1.396 million), Matt Waxman (1.228 million), Mike Watson (952,000), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (612,000), Fedor Holz (453,000), and Taylor Paur (400,000).

The final 19 players will return for Day 5 on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time. The plan will be to make it down to the final table of six, but we'll see how that goes. As you've come to expect all tournament long, you can find continued coverage right here on

While you wait for Day 5 to begin, be sure to check out the following video where Sarah Herring calls the clock on three-time NFL Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour:

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