Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure -- $25,000 High Roller Day 1
A Large Field of 151 Players Create a Top Prize Worth more than $1 Million
The $25,000 High Roller no-limit hold’em event at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure smashed all expectations in terms of attendance and attracted a huge field of 151 players. That made for a $3,995,500 total prize pool and the champion of this event will walk away with $1,072,850 in prize money two days from now at the final table. To give you a little perspective, this tournament saw 84 runners just one year ago.
There are still 96 players gunning for that final table after a short first day, and the overnight chip leader after eight levels of play is Ryan Fair with 217,200. Tyler Reiman is right on his heels with 205,400. The defending champion in this event, William Reynolds, holds 170,800, and Team PokerStars pros Leo Fernandez (167,600) and Maxim Lykov (164,200) also reside in the top 10.
Many big-name professionals fell during the day and none fell quicker than World Series of Poker $25,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em champion Dan Kelly. He moved all in with 9s 7s after flopping a straight (8d 6d 5h) against the pocket aces of Fernando Brito. The turn and river brought two more eights to give Brito a full house and that sent Kelly to the rail. Other big-name bustouts included Team PokerStars pros Viktor Blom, Jonathan Duhamel, and Bertrand Grospellier.
Day 2 will take place tomorrow beginning at noon EST. You can catch all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed, and Card Player and Card Player TV will bring you videos and feature news stories to provide further insight into the event.
Day 1 Chip Counts:
Ryan Fair, USA — 217200
Tyler Reiman, USA — 205400
Giuseppe Pantaleo, Italy — 182000
Kyle Julius, USA — 173500
William Reynolds, USA — 170800
Leo Fernandez, Argentina, Team PokerStars Pro — 167600
Gustavo Kein, Argentina — 166800
Max Lykov, Russia, Team PokerStars Pro — 164200
Mas Kagawa, Japan — 163200
Tony Gregg, USA – 160900
Day 1 Notable Eliminations:
Justin Bonomo, Nick Schulman, Viktor Blom, Jonathan Duhamel, Shaun Deeb, Steve O’Dwyer, Carter Phillips, Darryll Fish, Bertrand Grospellier, John Duthie, Tobias Reinkemeier, Tommy Vedes, Sorel Mizzi, Christian Harder, Jason Sommerville, Shannon Shorr, Scott Seiver, and Dan Kelly.
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