Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Day 1b of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is in the books and after nine hours of play, 342 entrants survived with Alex Venovsky (193,000) leading the way. The second flight attracted 654 runners, making the total field for the event 1,072 players, and creating a total prize pool of $10,398,400. If you finish 160th or higher, you’re guaranteed a minimum of $15,000. If you make the final table, you’ve earned $101,000. If you run white hot, make the final table, and win the 2012 PCA Main Event, then you’ve earned a cool $2 million.
Venovski, a UK native, jumped out to 180,000 before dinner break and never looked back. After adding a few small pots during the last three levels, Venovski bagged 193,000, making him the Day 1b chip leader. Ironically, Venovski will start Day 2 at Table 19, Seat 3. There were a handful of other players who crossed the century mark today, including Chino Rheem (182,900), Jonathan Jaffe (182,000), Phil D’Auteuil (170,800), and Luca Pagano (136,300).
Rheem played a very bizarre pot to end the day. After a series of preflop raises, he was all in against Tyler Kenney for 120,000 chips. Kenney tabled to kings, and Chino said, “aces,” but flipped over . Rheem, who apparently misread his hand, was very perplexed, but an ace on the river saved him, and eliminated Kenney from play.
PokerStars Team Pro Lex Veldhuis flew out of the gate, doubling in the first half hour of the day. The Dutch pro flopped a set of sevens on a king high board, and was all in on the turn against a player with top-top. The gentleman was drawing dead, and after a meaningless card hit the river, Veldhuis doubled to 60,000 chips. He peaked at around 90,000 during the middle of the day, but has since cooled off, finishing the day with just 40,000 chips.
Veldhuis may have started off hot, but no one ran hotter than fellow Team Pro Arnaud Mattern. In a ten-minute span during Level 3, Mattern was dealt aces twice, rocketed his stack to over 150,000 chips. After treading water for the next six levels, Mattern bagged up 139,300 chips, and is among the chip leaders.
Team PokerStars was well represented on Day 1b, but unfortunately we lost 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Pius Heinz, Martin Staszko, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Eugene Katchalov, and Nacho Barbero. Other notables who failed to survive the day include, Olivier Busquet, Peter Jetten, Amit Makhija, Dan Shak, and Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy.
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who won the Super High Roller and over $1.25 million last night, late registered and made a $10,000 last-longer bet with Harry “UgotaBanana” Kaczka. Kaczka won the bet without much of a sweat – Blom busted in Level 5 when he lost a race with against an opponent’s . The flop was about as bet as it gets for Blom, and he was out after the turn and river came , respectively.
Outside of the tournament, Randy “nanonoko” Lew set a Guinness World Record for the most poker hands played in an eight-hour period. Lew, who was a stone’s throw from the media table, amassed 23,493 hands during the session, profiting $8.91. Our good friend Brad Willis covered Lew’s progress throughout the day, and his observations and comments can be found here.
Tomorrow, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will resume at noon island time, and for the first time the entire field will be together. Join us here for all of your live updates, but until then, have goodnight from the Bahamas!
Our Dutch colleague brings us news from the frontier regarding Chino Rheem. Apparently, he and Tyler Kenney got in a preflop raising war that ended with Rheem snap-shoving and Kenney making the call for his last ~60,000. Kenney rolled over pocket kings, but Rheem said he could beat that.
"Aces," he announced, but when he flopped his hand onto the felt, it showed a much more lowly . Not quite, Chino.
It doesn't matter when you river an ace, though, and another rocket on fifth street sent a big pot to Rheem's corner here in the eleventh hour. He's still stacking up, but that big one will put him in contention for the overnight chip lead with close to 190,000. Kenney, on the other hand, has to be a bit burned as he leaves with nothing.
All tables have been instructed to play six more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We'll have a complete wrap of the day coming shortly.
The hijack seat raised to 1,900 and Carlos Mortensen flat-called from the cutoff seat. Dan O'Brien called from the small blind and then the big blind made a reraise to 7,300. The hijack seat and Mortensen folded, but O'Brien wasn't sold just yet. After checking his opponent's stack, O'Brien reraised all in for 28,800. The big blind snapped and showed the . O'Brien held the .
The flop came down and O'Brien was still behind. The turn gave him the help he needed to put O'Brien in front. The river completed the board with the and finished the hand. O'Brien doubled up and now has double the starting stack. Very timely as the day was just about to end.
From early position, Dan O'Brien raised to 1,600. Carlos Mortensen called from the big blind and the flop came down . Mortensen checked and O'Brien bet 1,700. Mortensen made the call.
The turn was the and Mortensen checked again. O'Brien bet 4,200 and Mortensen called.
The river was the and Mortensen checked. O'Brien moved all in for 13,700 and Mortensen folded.
During most of this Day 1b, there has been quite a sideshow going on in the corner of the room. If you're reading this page, you're probably already aware that PokerStars Team Online stud Randy "nanonoko" Lew is the newest Guinness World Record holder, playing more poker hands in an eight-hour period than anyone else on record has ever played.
In total, "nanonoko" notched a whopping 23,493 hands — or about one every 1.23 seconds. We haven't mentioned the record until now, and that's mostly because our colleagues at the PokerStars Blog have been doing such a wonderful job telling the story.
Brad Willis has been keeping the closest eye on Lew's progress today, and his write-up of the record-setting performance is definitely worth a read. Check out a few observations and comments from Willis and Lew right here, and look for a postgame video interview with Lew on this page shortly, too.
Alex Venovski opened to 1,700 in the hijack and was called by the player in the big blind.
The flop came down and the big blind check-called 2,500 from Venovski. When the hit the turn, the big blind checked again. Venovski bet 6,300, but was faced with a raise to 21,200. Venovski wasted little time before sticking in another 60,000, getting his opponent to give it up.
The 2001 WSOP Main Event champ is in the house today, and we haven't really gotten a chance to write much about Carlos Mortensen so far today. So here goes.
We walked up to his table with the flop already out on board, and there was 11,200 in the pot. The cards read , and the player in the blinds had 7,500 chips out in front of him. Mortensen had raised with his full stack, and the bettor called all in for his last 22,500.
Mortensen tabled for the overpair, and the at-risk player needed some help for his to keep him alive. The turn and river were blanks, and Mortensen tallies the bounty to move to about 76,000 here with just a couple orbits left in Day 1b.