Farid Jattin Leads after PokerStars Players Championship Day 2

Colombia’s Farid Jattin is leading 215 survivors into Day 3 of the first-ever PokerStars Players Championship

It was a day of thrills and spills at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas where the largest ever $25,000 buy-in tournament is currently taking place. It was quite clear that the event had smashed records by the end of Day 1, but once registration closed with the start of Day 2, organizers revealed the scope of this thrilling poker event and numbers were truly gobsmacking.

The inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) drew a total of 1,039 entrants, including 320 Platinum Pass winners. That created a prize pool of $26,455,500, including $1 million added by PokerStars for the winner.

The PSPC champion will walk away with $4.1 million plus that additional $1 million from the tournament’s organizer. Each of the six players that will reach the final table will receive a seven-figure payout. Minimum final table cash will be worth $1.012 million.

All in all, the top 181 finishers will leave with a payout from the tournament. Min-cashes start from $25,450 and go all the way up to the first-place prize.

Day 2 of the first-ever PSPC took place yesterday at the host venue. It saw more than 700 players return from Day 1. Another twenty-ish players took advantage of the late registration option and joined poker action directly on the second day of the tournament.

By the time all eight levels scheduled for the day were completed, there were just 215 players left in contention. They will return at the host casino today at noon local time to further reduce the record-breaking field.

Farid Jattin Takes Overnight Chip Lead

Colombia’s winningest tournament player Farid Jattin ended Day 2 action as the chip leader. The player bagged and tagged 921,000 worth in chips last night to secure himself with a comfortable start of the third day of action.

Jattin has nearly $3 million in total live tournament earnings. Last spring, the player finished runner-up to Almedin Imsirovic in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event for his career’s largest cash of $243,521.

While Jattin may have taken the lead last night, he has some seasoned pros hot on his heels. Italian poker star Mustapha Kanit scooped the second largest stack at the end of PSPC’s second day, good for 888,000. The player was on the feature table throughout Day 1 where he was crushing opponents ruthlessly and was making the task look way too easy. Kanit kept his momentum throughout Day 2.

Canada’s Griffin Benger with 885,000, Frenchman Julien Martini with 832,000, and US player Athanasios Polychronopoulos with 797,000 are the other players to round out top five of the temporary leaderboard.

As mentioned earlier, PSPC action resumes today at noon local time at Atlantis Resort. The final 215 contenders will fight for a paid spot as the money bubble is expected to burst in the early levels of Day 3.

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