Faraz Jaka Leads PCA Main Event Into Day 5January 12, 2012 2:23 pm
Day 4 of the $10k PCA Main Event saw 64 competitors return to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, which was then reduced to three tables of eight after just six hours of play.
The 24 remaining players are now guaranteed at least $52,000 for their hard fought efforts, with $156,400 waiting for whoever makes it through to the final table and $2 million earmarked for the eventual champion.
Taking the chip lead once more at the end of Day 4 was the Day 2 and 3 leader Faraz Jaka, who started Day 4 in third place before once again consolidating his position at the top of the field with a healthy 4,114,000 stack. He now has clear daylight between himself and Alex Fitzgerald in 2nd spot (2,709,000) and Phil D’Auteuil in 3rd (2,280,000).
Faraz Jaka, nicknamed “The Toilet,” because of his propensity to play suited cards and chase flushes, dispatched a couple of players three hours into play to take his starting 1.22 million stack to around 2 million.
The US pro of Pakistani descent then lived up to his moniker after hitting a flush on the river with Jh-9h on a Ah-3c-2h-Qs-4h board and having his 500,000 overbet paid off, to take his stack to 2.8 million. Jaka then went on to eliminate Lawrence Greenberg, Sam Chartier, Eddy Sabat and Barry Greenstein to finish the day in pole position.
Other competitors still in contention include Martin Jacobson (1.627), last woman standing Xuan Liu from Canada (1.082m), as well as Alex Venovski (592k), Corey Burbick (551k) and David Peters (424k).
Players less fortunate included Jan Heitmann who finished in 38th ($41,000), Erik Cajelais in 42d ($37,500), Yevgeniy Timoshenko in 52nd ($35,000), Arnaud Mattern in 58th ($32,500), Chris Klodnicki in 61st ($32,500) and Galen Hall in 64th ($32,500).
Day 5 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is due to get underway later today at 12:00 ET, with the blinds starting out at 10k/20k and a 3k ante. The final table of eight will then be determined with a winner being crowned the following day.