Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama $5,300 Main Event was played at the poker tables of Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino on Thursday. Late registration was closed at the very moment action kicked off to bring the tournament’s overall field to 366 entries.
As many as 78 entries made it through Day 2’s sieve and they will return today at the host venue to continue their hunt for the first-place prize of $293,860. Aside from the lion’s share for the winner, there will be payouts for all top 71 finishers. With that said, it all shows that the money bubble will burst early through Day 3 play.
Ukrainian poker pro Igor Yaroshevsky was the overall chip leader at the start of Day 2. The player led the survivors from Days 1A and 1B with a considerable chip lead. With poker being an unpredictable game, everything could have happened on Thursday. And it happened so that the player not only maintained his lead but also increased his stack significantly to bag and tag a total of 745,500 on Thursday evening.
To demonstrate Yaroshevsky’s significant advantage over his remaining opponents, we should note that Russia’s Denis Timofeev, the player to rank second in the chip counts chart, had 569,000 in chips at the time players called it a day on Thursday night.
Steve O’Dwyer, Byron Kaverman, Daniel Dvoress, and several other big poker names are still in contention. Given their multiple titles and in-the-money finishes in the world’s most important tournaments, they will certainly compete fiercely for one more trophy to their collections.
With live tournament earnings of more than $2.3 million, Yaroshevsky himself has quite an extensive portfolio with first live cashes dating back to 2009. Over the years, the player has been a particularly frequent participant in EPT events. He has even won a handful of such events, including higher buy-in ones.
Main Event play is set to resume today at noon Panama time at Sortis Casino. The 78 hopefuls will first be contending for securing a place among the 71 finalists to be paid a portion of the prize pool and next for a place among the event’s Day 4 survivors.