Two high roller events were completed over the first days of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas and eyes are now set on the ongoing $5,000 Main Event. Day 2 of the tournament was played on Tuesday and several highlights can be noted from over the course of play.
In the first place, late registration was closed at the start of the day. After several latecomers joined, the field was capped at 738 total entries who generated $3,376,712 for the prize pool. Organizers announced that the top 143 players would get paid, min-cashes starting from $7,260 and first-place prize totaling $480,012.
This brings us to highlight number two – the money bubble. Out of the hundreds of players who sat at the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Casino tables at the start of Day 2 play, there were only 125 to have remained by the time the final level for the evening was completed. In other words, the bubble burst some time Tuesday evening.
In fact, it was exactly during the last level to be played on Day 2 that Dutch poker pro Noah Boeken became that last unfortunate player to leave without a payout. Three all-in confrontations were played at the same time at the poker tables to determine the bubble boy. Two players made it through, but Boeken was not that lucky as his pocket tens could not hold against Tom Janssens’ ace-five.
All 125 remaining hopefuls to start Day 3 are now into the money. And the big money is yet to be reached over the next several days. Here it is good to note that there are four more days of play to go, which means that the winner of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Main Event is set to be determined on Saturday.
Day 3 of the tournament is slated to begin today at noon local time. US player Nick Maimone is leading the survivors with 689,000 in chips. He is closely followed by none other but the well-known Dan Colman with 620,000. Colman, who won the 2014 WSOP $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for ONE DROP for a smashing payout of over $15.3 million, has made two final tables during the ongoing PokerStars Championship Bahamas festival. He finished 3rd in the $100,000 Super High Roller and 4th in the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller.
Other notables to have made it through Day 2 of the Main Event were Byron Kaverman, Jason Mercier, Davidi Kitai, Adrian Mateos, and Jaime Staples.