PCA Main Event Day 2 Ends with 79 Survivors

Pierre Calamusa bags the largest chip stack after eight levels of play on PCA Main Event Day 2, leads 79 hopefuls into Day 3

Day 2 of the PCA Main Event is now in the books, with just 79 players still in the hunt for the prestigious title and the accompanying first-place prize of $1,567,100. With three more days to go, the event’s field is poised to further diminish until a winner is crowned on Wednesday, January 16.

PokerStars-branded Main Events usually enjoy quite some attention from a perfect mix of both poker professionals and players who only play occasionally but never miss a good chance to test their skill and luck.

The 2019 edition of the PCA Main Event was no exception to the above trend. It drew 865 entries who generated a prize pool of $8,390,500. There are prizes for the top 127 finishers, min-cashes starting from $17,620, and action has developed well into the money bubble.

In fact, it burst last night, just after the dinner break. There were all-in confrontations at four tables at the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and the players at risk were Stanley Lee, Luc Greenwood, Kristen Bicknell, and Matt Glantz. Lee went out in 129th place and Greenwood became the unfortunate bubble boy, leaving the race in 128th place. Bicknell and Glantz were safe at the time, but they both exited later last night.

<h2>Pierre Calamusa Leads the Pack</h2>

Of the 330 players who entered Day 2 of the tournament, there were just 79 who made it through the eight levels played throughout the day. France’s Pierre Calamusa bagged and tagged the largest chip stack last night.

The player was not off to the greatest start of the Main Event as he had to shoot one bullet after busting early into the tournament. However, he gained quite some momentum yesterday to eventually collect 1.5 million after the end of the eighth level of the day and go into the night with a comfortable advantage over the remaining survivors.

Spain’s Vicent Bosca is Calamusa’s closest rival in the temporary chip counts chart. The player bagged 1.138 million last night. Italy’s Enrico Camosci collected 980,000 to round out top three of the leaderboard.

German high roller Christoph Vogelsang, poker pro and presenter Maria Ho, David Rheem, Ben Yu, and Matt Berkey are among the notables still in the race for the Main Event title.

Sam Greenwood, who took down this year’s PCA $100,000 Super High Roller on Saturday, is also still in contention. The player bagged more than $1.7 million for emerging victorious in the high roller event and hopped into the Main Event immediately, vying for another seven-figure payout.

Main Event action resumes today at noon local time at the host venue. Day 3 players will play until there are 16 of them left at the poker tables.

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