2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Day 4: Danchev Leads Final 21

Dimitar Danchev

The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event continued on Friday as the remaining 59 entrants of a 987-player field returned for four more levels of action. After six hours of play, the field had been whittled down to the final 21. Dimitar Danchev bagged up the chip lead with 4,080,000.

Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Dimitar Danchev4,080,000
2Owen Crowe2,500,000
3Ryan Fair2,496,000
4Yann Dion2,296,000
5Robert Mizrachi1,990,000
6Michael Lipman1,562,000
7Andrey Shatilov1,494,000
8Joel Micka1,409,000
9Matthew Reed1,375,000
10Jerry Wong1,370,000

Danchev hit a heater late in the day, as evidenced by one of the last hands before bagging and tagging.

Danchev opened to 40,000 from under the gun, plus one with the blinds at 10,000/20,000/3,000. 2010 SCOOP Main Event champion Ryan Fair called from the hijack and Day 3 chip leader Patrick Kelly peeked at his cards from the cutoff seat. Kelly three-bet to 202,000, only to see Danchev come right back over the top with a raise to 460,000 after about 90 seconds. Fair threw his hand away and Kelly flat-called.

The two saw the {10-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} fall, and Danchev continued for 360,000. Kelly then announced he was all-in. Danchev was in utter agony and mulled over the decision for more than three minutes. Eventually, he called and learned he was well ahead.

Danchev: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Kelly: {7-Spades}{6-Spades}

The turn was the {2-Clubs} and the river the {2-Diamonds}, ensuring that Danchev's kings held.

Another player who chipped up here on Day 4 was Owen Crowe, who eliminated Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov along the way. It happened when Katchalov open-shipped all in for his last 305,000 or so from the button, and Crowe, who had been recently moved to Katchalov's table, flatted from the small blind. The big blind folded and the hands were tabled:

Katchalov: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Crowe: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}

Katchalov was in dire straits and it got even worse when Crowe flopped a full house. The {8-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop left Katchlov looking for running sixes to stay alive. The {4-Clubs} turned and sealed Katchlov's fate in 29th place for $47,000. The meaningless {J-Spades} completed the board, and Crowe was able to drag in a pot that boosted his stack to about 2.48 million.

In addition, Fair fared well on Day 4 starting in Level 20. There he opened under the gun for 22,000 and received calls from four other players, making for five-handed action to the {2-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Spades} flop. Two checks put action on Fair, who bet 65,000. Michael Malm folded, Darren Elias, who won the 2012 WCOOP $10,300 High Roller event, called from the button, and both blinds got out of the way, making it heads-up action to the {Q-Clubs} turn. This time, Fair check-called a bet of 66,000, and then checked the {6-Clubs} river. Elias moved all in and Fair called off holding {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} for queens full. Elias then showed {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and watched some chips sent over to a tough opponent.

In the next level, Fair doubled through Elias again on a {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-} flop. With about 70,000 in the pot, Elias had bet 28,000 only to have Fair raise to 103,000. "All in," Elias said to put his opponent at risk.

"Call," Fair snapped to commit his stack of 499,000. Elias then flipped {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, but it was no good as Fair held {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}. The {3-Clubs} turn left Elias drawing dead, and after the {J-Clubs} was put out on the river for good measure, Fair was pushed the massive pot.

Unfortunately, not everyone did so well on Day 4. Among those who fell were two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners Scott Clements (55th — $32,000) and Greg Mueller (40th — $39,000); circuit regular Andy Philachack (53rd — $32,000); recent WCOOP Main Event runner-up Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (52nd — $32,000); Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (47th — $32,000); PokerStars Team Online's Tatiana Barausova (46th — $32,000); Day 2 chip leader and $10 qualifier Nicolas Godoy (42nd — $32,000); and 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Carlos Mortensen (36th — $39,000).

While many notables fell, a few managed to punch their tickets to the penultimate day including 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania; recent World Poker Tour Montreal champ Jonathan Roy; poker pro and noted commentator Olivier Busquet; one of the Mizrachi Brothers, Robert Mizrachi; and tough players Yann Dion, Manig Loeser and Mikal Blomlie.

It’s also worth noting that Eddy Sabat is among the top 21, giving him a top-40 finish for the third year in a row — he took 30th in 2011 for $66,000 and 40th last year for $41,000. Will this be the year Sabat finally breaks through? If it is, he’ll have his work cut out for himself when he begins Day 5 with a below-average stack of 714,000.

Day 5 is scheduled to kick off at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday when the final 21 players will play down to the final table of eight. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action from the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

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