Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought together the surviving 500 players from both Day 1a and 1b today for five more levels of action-packed fun. After 7.5 hours of play, that field was whittled down to just 166. All of them are looking to make the money at the top 144, but the man best positioned to make it is chip leader Nicolas Godoy, who finished Day 2 with 724,200. He is followed by Darren Elias with 558,900 and Michael Mizrachi with 540,700.
Goboy got some of those chips in a hand he played against Day 1a chip leader Maxim Lobzhanidze. It happened when a player in early position opened to 4,000, Lobzhanidze three-bet to 11,000 in the cutoff seat, and Godoy four-bet to 23,000 from the big blind. The original raiser folded, Lobzhanidze five-bet to 41,000, Godoy six-bet to 65,000, and Lobzhanidze called. Both players checked the flop as well as the turn, and then Godoy led for 75,000 on river. Lobzhanidze called and Godoy tabled for a straight. Lobzhanidze, who finished the day with 121,300, flashed before mucking.
Long before that hand took place, Day 2 action kicked off as the sun passed over the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island at 12:00 PM EST. The biggest stack in the room belonged to Ashton Griffin, who actually joined the PokerNews Podcast prior to the start of play, but he had a rough go of it as he watched his stack dwindle to 123,900. Fortunately he was still able to make it through the day.
Among the hundreds of players eliminated were the legendary Phil Ivey; the woman who electrified last year's PCA by making the final table, Xuan Liu; 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; European Poker Tour Prague champ Ramzi Jelassi; online legend Chris Moorman; 2012 WSOP champion Greg Merson; last year's runner-up Kyle Julius; and the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.
The participation of the 18-time gold medalist was a special addition to an already prestigious tournament, but all good things come to an end as Phelps found out in the last level of the night. It was there that Phelps fell at the hands of Eddy Sabat.
It happened when Sabat, who informed PokerNews of the hand, opened for 4,800 and received a call from Phelps. The rest of the field got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the flop. Sabat led for 6,200, Phelps called, and then the dealer burned and turned the . Sabat checked, Phelps took the opportunity to bet 8,000, and Sabat called. When the completed the board on the river, Sabat moved all in and Phelps called off his stack with . Unfortunately for him, Sabat flipped for Broadway and Phelps' PCA came to an end.
Likewise, Day 2 was unkind to Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Alex Kravchenko, Richard Toth, Andre Akkari, Ville Wahlbeck, Joao Nunes, Boris Becker, Christian de Leon, Luca Pagano, Nacho Barbero, Liv Boeree, Ivan Demidov, Victor Ramdin, Pierre Neuville and Christophe de Meulder.
While many fell, an impressive contingent of notables managed to survive and punch their ticket to Day 3. They include Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov, Jake Cody, and George Lind III, as well as pros Shannon Shorr, Dwyte Pilgrim, Paul Volpe, Matt Waxman, Shawn Buchanan, Scott Clements, Owen Crowe, Fabian Quoss, Ty Reiman, Greg Mueller, Yann Dion and Mohsin Charania.
Day 3 will kick off at 12:00 EST, so stay tuned to PokerNews as the march to the money begins at the 2013 PCA Main Event!
Day 2 has ended, and the players are bagging up their chips. A complete recap will be posted shortly, and chip counts will follow later in the night once received. Stay tuned.
Tournament staff has announced three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stayed tuned for a full recap of Day 2 action as well as some notable chip counts.
After a series of bets and raises, Patrick Kelly moved all in for 102,800. Max Silver snap-called, and had Kelly crushed.
The flop gave Kelly a pair of tens, and the spiked in the turn, giving him two pair. Silver needed a third ace or a seven or a five to make a better two pair, but the bricked on the river.
Kelly more than doubled to 220,000 chips, while Silver was bumped down to 337,000.
Byron Kaverman opened to 4,800 in early position and was called by Matt Glantz in the next seat and the player in the big blind.
The flop came down and the player in the big blind checked. Kaverman bet 7,000, Glantz called, and the player in the big blind raised all in for 74,500. Kaverman folded, but Glantz called after a few moments with .
His opponent turned over for top two pair and help up through the turn and river.
Dwyte Pilgrim opened to 5,300 from the cutoff and Paul Volpe called right next door from the button. The blinds released and the flop brought . Pilgrim checked to Volpe who seized this opportunity to put in a bet of 5,200.
Pilgrim opted to slide out a check raise, however, and suddenly Volpe was looking at 17,400 total. He eventually decided to call and the hit fourth street.
Pilgrim announced that he was all in and Volpe went into the tank.
"You haven't been that talkative this hand," Volpe said to the usually jovial Pilgrim.
Volpe ultimately decided to get rid of his cards, awarding the pot to the WSOP Circuit legend. Pilgrim is now sitting on about 105,000 while Volpe has fallen to 160,000.
Andy Frankenberger just informed us of his elimination hand, getting it in for 80,000 preflop with against . Unfortunately for Frankenberger, his bigger pair failed to hold up and his Main Event is over.