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Defending Champ Vanessa Selbst Leads 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller After Day 2

Event Draws Record Field of 247 Entries To Build $6,051,500 Prize Pool


By the time registration closed at the start of day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller there had been 247 entries made, blowing away last year’s record turnout of 204 entrants to establish a new high-water mark for this event. The event feature 198 unique entrants and 49 re-entries. As a result of this 21 percent increase in number of entries year-over-year the event built a gigantic $6,051,500 prize pool, with nearly $1.3 million going to the eventual champion.

At the end of day 2 only 14 players remained, with defending champion of this event Vanessa Selbst in the chip lead with 1,633,000. Last year Selbst topped a 204-player field to earn the title and the first-place prize of $1,424,420. That win is also notable because it was the score that propelled her into the lead on the female all-time tournament earnings list.

Greg Merson on day 2Selbst has had an impressive run so far at the 2014 PCA, finishing third in the $100,000 super high roller for $760,640 and then making a deep run in the $10,300 main event, ultimately busting in 42nd place. Now she is in a strong position to make a run at defending her title from last year.

Attempting to stand in her way are plenty of top poker professionals, including 2012 WSOP main event champion Greg Merson (1,112,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (1,014,000), Robert Mizrachi (856,000), Dani Stern (837,000) and 2013 Card Player Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu (723,000).

Only the top 31 finishers made the money in this event, with the money bubble bursting late on day two. Kyle Julius was the last player eliminated outside of the money, calling an all-in shove from the button by Vanessa Selbst with the ASpade SuitKSpade Suit only to lose to her 8Spade Suit7Club Suit when the board ran out 9Diamond Suit5Spade Suit4Heart Suit7Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. With that the remaining players were guaranteed paydays of at least $53,260.

Notable eliminations in the money include Faraz Jaka (15th – $89,560), Philipp Gruissem (16th – $80,480), Chris Klodnicki (17th – $80,480), Oliveier Busquet (21st – $65,260), Ana Marquez (22nd – $65,260) and PCA $100,000 super high roller champion Fabian Quoss (26th – $59,300).

Here is a look at the chip counts for the 14 remaining players:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Vanessa Selbst 1,633,000
2 Joao Vieira 1,604,000
3 Myro Garcia 1,181,000
4 Greg Merson 1,112,000
5 Jacob Carl Schindler 1,109,000
6 Marvin Rettenmaier 1,014,000
7 Rob Mizrachi 856,000
8 Dani Stern 837,000
9 Daniel Negreanu 723,000
10 Mustapha Kanit 705,000
11 Aleksandr Denisov 626,000
12 Dan Smith 434,000
13 Ole Schemion 357,000
14 Paul Newey 162,000


over 8 years ago

How is there a 21% increase in entrants and a DECREASE in payout for 1st place. Sort of sucks PokerStars


over 8 years ago

On the money bubble, Vanessa open the shoves the button with 87 off, runs into a real hand and wins. I'm sure the situation called for that with stack sizes, but she runs so lucky in situations like that.


over 8 years ago

I agree Kevin... she runs really good