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PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Day 1A

Team PokerStars pro Pieter de Korver Leads in Chips at the end of a Busy Day 1A

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Day 1A Chip Leader Pieter de KorverIt’s hard to believe that a poker tournament with more than 600 players in it could be considered a side note on day 1A at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 main event, but with major story lines like Eugene Katchalov winning the $100,000 Super High Roller event, and the unveiling of Viktor Blom as “Isildur1” and the newest member of Team PokerStars pro that was the case on Saturday in the Bahamas. The main focus of attention will surely shift back to the main event tomorrow, especially when the final attendance numbers and huge multi-million dollar prize pool is announced.

There were many big-name professionals in the field today, but the player who attracted the most interest was one who doesn’t earn his living on the felt. Professional golfer Sergio Garcia was in action today, but he didn’t survive until the end of the day. Card Player caught up with Garcia on his way out of the tournament area and he shared his thoughts on his tournament experience.

Another player who hit the rail today was Card Player publisher Barry Shulman, who was located at one of the toughest tables in the field today. He was pitted against Erik Seidel, Elliot Smith, and Scott Seiver. Shulman was unable to get anything going and he busted before the end of the day after finishing in third place in the 2010 PCA main event.

Speaking of 2010, this tournament attracted 1,529 players one year ago, so there will need to be a field of 883 players tomorrow to set the record for the largest PCA main event ever. No matter what happens tomorrow there are 272 day 1A survivors that will be awaiting those who make it through day 1B for day 2 action on Monday, January 11.

Team PokerStars pro and former EPT Grand Final champion Pieter de Korver is the day 1A chip leader with 245,300. Other notable players that ended the night with a large stack included Owen Crowe (213,000), Justin Scott (203,300), and Bernard Lee (163,200). We will see how these stacks measure up to the day 1B runners tomorrow and you can follow along with all of the action in live updates featured on the PokerStar blog feed. You can also catch videos on CardPlayer TV and featured news stories will continue to bring you perspective from the Bahamas tomorrow starting at noon EST.

Here is a look at the tournament statistics from Day 1A:

Day 1A Notable Chip Counts:

Pieter de Korver 245,300
Ryan Olisar 227,700
Guillaume Gignac 219,600
Owen Crowe 213,000
Chad Eveslaje 203,500
Justin Scott 203,300
Bernard Lee 163,200
Joe Cada 105,200
Victor Ramdin 81,900
Dario Minieri 79,000
Phil Ivey 75,600
Marcin Horecki 73,500
Jose Barbero 61,300
Reuben Visser 48,000
Christian de Leon 19,900

Day 1A Notable Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pro members Thomas Bichon, Chad Brown, Theo Jorgenson, Arnaud Mattern, Johnny Lodden, Dennis Phillips, Vanessa Selbst, and Tom McEvoy, Erik Seidel, Nam Le, Darryll Fish, Josh Brikis, Shaun Deeb, Isaac Haxton, Amnon Filippi, Adam Levy, Amit Makhija, Court Harrington, Christian Harder, Adam Junglen, David Baker, Jon Turner, Lauren Kling, John Cernuto, pro golfer Sergio Garcia, and Card Player Publisher Barry Shulman.