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PokerStars Caribbean Adventure -- Nick Schulman Leads Heading into $100k Final

Schulman Leads a Stacked Final Table that Includes Team PokerStars pro Members Daniel Negreanu and Humberto Brenes


Nick SchulmanDay 2 at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller tournament followed the example set by the previous day here in the Bahamas and action once again was faster than expected. The final 23 played down to a final table of seven at a brisk pace that surprised many as the chips flew across the tables. The final seven will now fight it out for a top prize of $1.5 million at tomorrow’s final table. The final table had originally been scheduled to include eight players, but a double-elimination hand at end of play sent home both Daniel Cates and James Obst.

Leading the way into the final table is Nick Schulman with 2,990,000. He found his way to a lofty perch in a different double-elimination hand. He took out both Day 1 chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier and Vivek Rajkumar on the same hand when just 12 players remained in contention. Schulman held two black aces in the hole and the preflop holdings of Rajkumar (pocket nines) and Reinkemeier (A-J) were unable to catch up on a board full of bricks. That hand gave Schulman more than 3 million to take a huge chip lead near the end of play.

Schulman stole the chip lead from none other than Team PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu, who up until that point had won the largest hand of the day in a three-handed pot with Eugene Katchalov and David Benyamine.

Negreanu raised to 28,000 under the gun preflop and Katchalov made the call on the button. Benyamine then raised all in for 150,000 total. Negreanu reraised to 278,000, and then Katchalov reraised to 528,000. Negreanu reraised all in for 1.2 million and Katchalov went into the tank. He spent some time thinking before he mucked his cards.

Negreanu then revealed KHeart Suit KClub Suit and Benyamine turned over 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit. The board ran out QDiamond Suit 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 3Spade Suit 3Heart Suit and Benyamine was eliminated. Negreanu took the chip lead at that time once the pot was added to his stack.

You can check out Negreanu’s analysis of the hand by checking out a strategy news story that was a part of Card Player’s tournament coverage today. If Negreanu takes first or second at tomorrow’s final table he will overtake Phil Ivey on the all-time earnings list.

Joining Schulman and Negreanu at the final table are Katchalov, Bryn Kenney, Team PokerStars pro Humberto Brenes, Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist Sandor Demjan, and Andrew Lichtenberger.

Here is a look at the chip counts for tomorrow’s final table, which begins at 1 p.m. EST:

Nick Schulman USA 2,990,000
Daniel Negreanu Canada Team PokerStars Pro 2,166,000
Eugene Katchalov USA 1,476,000
Bryn Kenney USA PokerStars Player 1,390,000
Humberto Brenes Costa Rica Team PokerStars Pro 758,000
Sandor Demjan Hungary 379,000
Andrew Lichtenberger USA 373,000

Final Table Payouts:

1: $1,500,000
2: $1,000,000
3: $643,000
4: $400,000
5: $200,000