The PokerStars Championship Panama has progressed to that concluding stage when some of the world’s most popular players as well as poker enthusiasts from around the globe are set to battle it out for the $5,300 Main Event title.
The prestigious event kicked off on Tuesday, March 14, with two starting flights played over the next two days. Day 1B was the one to attract greater interest among players. There were a total of 259 entries to sign up for the event during that second starting flight.
And it was an action-packed Day 1B at the poker tables of host venue Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino. Players came and went in quick succession until there were 128 people left by the end of the day. They will be joined today by Day 1A’s 43 survivors. Day 2 play is set to begin at noon local time. Registration will remain open until cards are thrown in the air. This means that the prize pool and the positions paid will be announced by the end of the day.
Day 1B concluded with Jiachen Gong as the chip leader. The player bagged and tagged 154,300 last night. However, he is anywhere close to overall chip leader Igor Yaroshevsky, who ended Day 1A with a total of 219,300 and a good advantage over his remaining opponents.
Action is yet to unfold, though, which means that anything can happen today and in the following days. Big poker names like Ari Engel, Luc Greenwood, Steve O’Dwyer, Jason Koon, and 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess are among those still in contention and hungry for yet another big poker title.
On the other hand, Mike McDonald, Jan Bendik, and Dzmitry Urbanovich were among the less lucky notables. The players could not survive through the two starting flights, despite their experience and accomplishments on the felt. Yet, they will all have more chances to demonstrate poker proficiency at upcoming PokerStars live events.
The $5,300 buy-in Main Event is set to be completed on March 20, so there will be several more days of quality action at the tournament’s host venue before the name of the inaugural Panama champion becomes clear. The PokerStars Championship Panama is among the festivals to succeed PokerStars’ former Latin American Poker Tour.