PCA Main Event Day 1b – Griffin Takes Overall Lead

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The second of two opening Day 1 flights of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event took place last night with Day 1b attracting more than double the amount of players than Day 1a. There were 649 players that took to the felt compared to 320 from Day 1a. Those 649 would be drastically reduced to just 370 by the end of the action on Day 1b.

The player that ended the day with not only the chip lead for Day 1b but also the overall chip lead in the event was Ashton Griffin, who finished with 253,700 chips. The player that was closest to him on Day 1b was Michael Mizrachi, with the super aggressive player finishing with 216,900.

Amongst those players were as you would expect many of the world’s most prominent and successful poker players; however there was also the record Olympic gold medal holder Michael Phelps, who has strongly been linked with taking up poker full time since retiring from being an Olympic swimmer.

He did very well too, having bagged up 92k in chips by the time the action came to an end of Day 1b. Other big names joining Phelps on Day 2 include Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Steve O’Dwyer, Nacho Barbero and Olivier Busquet.

Phil Ivey also made it through, though only just as he squeezed through with a chip count of just 5k. He was however responsible for one of the more high profile eliminations, as he sent Bertrand Grosspellier to the rail. It occurred in a hand where the flop was 8h-Kh-9s, with Ivey holding pocket eights and Grosspelier the Ac-Ks. All chips went into the middle and the Frenchman was eliminated.

Players Who Failed To Make It Through!

There was always going to be some high caliber casualties with the field literally being halved, with names such as Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, Jonathan Duhamel and reigning champion John Dibella all having to wait another year to try and win this event.

The winner of the $100k Super High Roller yesterday, Scott Seiver also did not make it through, however having just won $2 million yesterday, he may well have been suffering from a hangover from celebrating that win.

With Day 1b now out of the way, we eagerly await Day 2 to start a little later today. This is where the survivors from both Day 1a and Day 1b converge together for the first time, with each of the players harbouring ambitions of at the very least a deep run in this event.

Be sure to check back with us a little later as we bring you exactly what happens on Day 2.