The 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event saw 19 players return on Day 5, each with an eye toward making the final table and ultimately claiming the trophy and $833,260 first prize.
It was an especially talented group of players returning to action, with Stephen Chidwick, Tony Gregg, Mike Watson, Ami Barer, Fabian Ortiz, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Fedor Holz, and Taylor Paur all among those making it to the tournament’s penultimate day.
Also part of the group were Matthew Waxman and Toby Lewis, two players who were involved in an interesting hand on Day 4 that saw Lewis put Waxman to the test for his tournament life and the latter managing to come up with the right play in response.
The hand came during Level 22 (blinds 8,000/16,000, ante 2,000) with 33 players left. As Waxman described to our Sarah Herring afterwards, it began with Waxman opening with a raise holding and Lewis — who had Waxman covered at the time — defending his big blind with a call.
The flop came , and when checked to Waxman continued with a bet of 30,000. Lewis then check-raised to 80,000, and Waxman called. The turn then brought the and a bet of 150,000 from Lewis into the 250,000-ish pot, and Waxman called, leaving himself just under 500,000 behind.
The river was the , and when Lewis shoved all in, Waxman had a tough decision with his pair of nines. Listen to how he describes his thought process in the hand and how after a long time in the tank he was able to come up with what turned out to be the right call in a challenging spot: