Day 1 of Inaugural PokerStars Players Championship Sees 1,014 Entries

Talal Shakerchi leads 754 Day 1 survivors into the second day of the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship

The poker year has officially begun with the start of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, one of the hottest, funniest, and most exciting poker events on the live tournament calendar. This year, PokerStars has decided to spice things up by adding a brand-new rake-free tournament to the schedule of the major festival.

Poker festivities kicked off Sunday, January 6, with the beginning of the highly anticipated PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). Organizers have promised to hold the biggest $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament in the history of the game at Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas and they delivered.

Once Day 1 of the event wrapped up, it could be seen that it had attracted a total of 1,014 entries, including 320 Platinum Pass holders. Over the course of last year, PokerStars offered players who participated in certain events the chance to win said Platinum Passes, which secured them with a seat into the PSPC. But even without the lucky 320 who managed to take hold of such passes, the PSPC would still be the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament ever.

Bearing in mind the humongous interest in the tournament, its overall prize pool has already eclipsed $25 million. And it is poised to swell up because registration for the event will remain open until noon local time today, that is once cards are thrown in the air for Day 2. More information about the prize pool and the paid positions will be revelaed once registration closes for good. The only thing we know so far is that the winner will walk away with $5 million in first-place prize money.

Who Survived Day 1?

Action on the first day of the PSPC unfolded so quickly that it was really hard to keep up. Eventually, it was Talal Shakerchi who ended the day as the chip leader. The player bagged and tagged 425,300 in chips last night, a stack he built up throughout the day from the 60,000 he entered play with.

Shakerchi is no stranger to PCA action. In 2016, the player topped the field of a $5,300 No-Limit Hold-em 8-Handed Turbo for $90,800 in prize money. Overall, Shakerchi has nearly $6.2 million in live tournament earnings. The player scooped his career’s largest cash of $1,188,000 last month when he finished fourth in the $300,000 ARIA Super High Roller Bowl.

Aside from Shakerchi, there are also a number of poker notables still in contention for the inaugural PSPC title, with some of those being Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, David Peters, Mustapha Kanit, Patrik Antonius, and Kristen Bicknell.

Players who could not make it through the day included writer turned poker champ Maria Konnikova, Ronald Mici who won the Foxwoods Moneymaker Tour Event, and Twitch streamer Arlie Shaban, among others.

Day 2 action resumes today with 756 players from Day 1 and others who have taken advantage of the late registration option to secure a seat into the second day.

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