PCA Main Event Reaches Day 4January 11, 2012 1:51 pm
Day 3 of the $10k PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event is complete, with the original starting field of 1,072 players now reduced to just 64 hopefuls.
The $10,398,400 prize pool generated by the tournament meant 160 players would at least receive a cash prize for their efforts, but now the 64 players still remaining are guaranteed at least $30,000, with a massive $2 million earmarked for the eventual winner.
At the start of Day 3, Faraz Jaka was the chip leader, but still managed to finish the day in 3rd spot with 1.22 million in chips. However, it was Canadian Phil D’Auteuil who emerged from the middle of the field to close out the day in pole position (1.472m), while Canadian Sam Greenwood finished 3rd with a 1.401m stack.
Also closing out in the top end of the field was Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano in 9th spot (863k), while other Team PokerStars players remaining include Jan Heitmann in 32nd (395k), Barry Greenstein in 35th (379k), and Arnaud Mattern in 59th (155k).
One woman still remains in the tournament in the guise of Xuan Liu, who ended the day in 16th (680k), aided by a hand in which she was dealt pocket jacks and eliminated Mikhail Shikhworich (7-7). Additionally, other notable names still in contention include Bill Chen in 17th (668k), professional golfer Sergio Garcia in 51st (235k, Galen Hall in 55th (168k), Robin Lindqvist in 58th (155k), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko in 61st (122k).
Amongst those players cashing-in but falling short of their PCA Main Event aspirations, were November Niner Phil Collins in 84th ($25,000), Carlos Mortensen in 94th ($22,500), Andrew Lichtenberger in 105th ($20,000), Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew in 120th ($17,500), and Liv Boeree in 133rd ($17,500).
Play will resume today at 1200 EST (1700 GMT), where the remaining field will play down to just 24 players.