Only 6% of the starting field remain at the conclusion of day 3 of the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 main event, where the chip lead has been changing hands regularly. There is $1,859,000 waiting for someone to collect on Sunday night.
The Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 main event always seems to attract a big field, so there was a little surprise when just 320 players registered for play on day 1a. That number was no doubt influenced by the fact that the same day saw a return to the tournament schedules of the increasingly popular Chinese poker. Chinese was included at the 1996 and 1995 WSOP (when Steve Zolotow picked up a bracelet in this game) but was soon dropped due to the low skill factor. Its popularity as a gambling game for a little light relief on the tournament circuit has increased in recent years though, hence the inclusion of a $2,000 open face Chinese event here (won by Peter Jetten.)
Of the 320 day 1a competitors Maxim Lobzhanidze emerged as an early chip leader whilst the degenerate element sat across the room playing Chinese. As expected day 1b turned out to be much more popular, although another 649 sign ups meant that the total attendance was still well down on previous years. This is the first time this event has attracted fewer than 1,000 runners since 2007 when it was a $7,500 tournament on the World Poker Tour, and this year’s attendance is down a massive 37% on that of 2011. High stakes ref Ashton Griffin finished off day 1b as chip leader, although many were more interested in the progress of another player. In between breaking swimming world records and holing 150ft putts, Michael Phelps has been spending a fair amount of time playing poker as well and he managed to make it through to day 2 with a decent stack.
On the second day Phelps’ luck ran out when he turned a set, only to then have little choice but to call off his whole stack when Eddy Sabat somewhat fishily stuck around to hit a gutshot straight on the river. Day 2 instead belonged to Nicolas Godoy who led the 166 players into day 3 with the bubble approaching.
That bubble burst in spectacular fashion when Robert Mizrachi busted two players in the same hand, after which point the field size was quickly reduced as many shoved their last few chips in. The man who was picking up more of these chips than anybody else was Patrick Kelly who goes into day 4 as the new leader. He did have to get lucky and hit a two outer against Fabian Quoss, but they all count and he will be the one to beat of the 59 who remain. Other notable players who still remain include Jake Cody, Eugene Katchalov, Carlos Mortensen and Darren Elias who has been amongst the chip leaders right from the very start.
Further updates from days 4, 5 and 6 to follow….