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Martin Finger Leads 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller After Day 1

A Total of 53 Entries Have Been Made With Registration Open Until Play Begins On Day 2

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The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em super high roller event drew a total of 52 entries on day 1, with 45 unique players and seven re-entries. As a result the prize pool has already surpassed $5 million, and could grow even larger before registration closes at 12:00 PM EST for the beginning of play on day 2. At the end of eight hour-long levels the chip leader was 2013 European Poker Tour London £50,000 super high roller champion Martin Finger, who ended the day with 829,000.

Max AltergottAs you’d expect, this event attracted many of tournament poker’s biggest stars, many of whom made it to day 2 with sizable stacks including 2013 EPT Grand Final €100,000 super high roller champion Max Altergott (707,000), Isaac Haxton (594,000), Bryn Kenney (562,000), Jason Koon (551,000) and 2012 EPT Grand Final €100,000 super high roller winner Justin Bonomo (516,000).

Only 37 players remain from the 52 that started. Notables who were eliminated and have yet to re-enter, including Mike Watson, John Juanda, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Steven Silverman and reigning WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess. Those who busted and then re-entered were Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Igor Kurganov, Paul Newey, Tobias Reinkemeier and Guy Laliberté, who is the only player so far to have re-entered twice.

This event set a record last year for the largest number of entrants in a six-figure or higher buy in poker tournament with 59. Reigning champion Scott Seiver earned more than $2 million for emerging victorious in 2013, and looked to be off to a good start at a title defense when he took the chip lead halfway through the day. In the later levels his stack dwindled, and at the end of the night he was left with just 131,500 in chips.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the survivors heading into day 2:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Martin Finger 829,000
2 Max Altergott 707,000
3 Isaac Haxton 594,500
4 Bryn Kenney 562,000
5 Jason Koon 551,000
6 Lawrence Greenberg 518,500
7 Justin Bonomo 516,000
8 Daniel Colman 512,500
9 Pau Newey 477,000
10 Philipp Gruissem 454,000
11 Mike McDonald 435,000
12 Joseph Cheong 428,500
13 Sorel Mizzi 409,500
14 Vanessa Selbst 401,000
15 Timothy Adams 395,500
16 Matt Glantz 382,500
17 Ole Schemion 344,500
18 Igor Kurganov 337,500
19 Jonathan Duhamel 316,500
20 Dan Smith 292,000
21 Steve O’Dwyer 291,500
21 Tony Gregg 291,500
23 Fabian Quoss 283,000
24 Antonio Esfandiari 279,500
25 Guy Laliberte 270,000
26 Tom Marchese 263,000
27 Dan Shak 255,500
28 Jason Mercier 253,000
29 Cary Katz 250,500
30 Noah Schwartz 231,500
31 Vladimir Troyanovskiy 222,000
32 Zach Hyman 205,000
33 Tobias Reinkemeier 200,500
34 Jesse Chinni 149,000
35 Scott Seiver 131,500
36 Chris Klodnicki 111,500
37 Dani Stern 98,500