Some of poker’s finest players could not make it any further in the ongoing PokerStars Championship Panama $5,300 Main Event. However, the inaugural Panama edition of PokerStars’ new live tour brand has given all those fine players and many others the chance to win a fair share of money and possibly a title in a $10,300 High Roller.
Day 1 of the tournament was played on Saturday. It saw a total of 101 entries who were reduced to just 43 by the time the chips in play were bagged and tagged for the night. And Sam Greenwood’s bag was the one to contain the most chips. The Canadian ended Day 1 action with 316,300 in chips.
With live tournament earnings of more than $4.6 million, Greenwood is a familiar face on the live poker stage. He has won several live tournaments over the course of his career, including an WSOP one, and has cashed in a number of poker events, including high roller ones. He scored his biggest live cash last summer during the EPT Season 13 Barcelona. The player collected €903,600 for finishing runner-up to Fedor Holz in the €50,000 Super High Roller 8-Handed.
Greenwood built a solid stack on Saturday, while contending and clashing with the likes of Steve O’Dwyer, Justin Bonomo, and Anthony Zinno, to name a few. Luc Greewood, Sam’s brother, was also among the tournament’s entries, but he failed to make it through the day.
Martin Finger, 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, Isaac Haxton, and Eric Seidel were also among those to enter the event, only to hit the rail. Being a re-entry one, the tournament allowed players to shoot one more bullet. Of the above-mentioned, Seidel and Finger did not use the re-entry option, so they still can join the other 43 finalists on Day 2. Later registration will remain open until today at noon when cards are scheduled to be thrown in the air for another day of quality action. And it will be today when the final prize pool and the places paid will be revealed.
Although Greenwood will begin play as the chip leader, Ecuador’s Pedro Idrovo is lurking closely behind him with 308,200 in chips, followed by Bulgarian player Alex Dimitrov with 287,700.