2015 PCA Day 1: Canada on Top of Record-Setting $100,000 Super High Roller
Day 1 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100,000 Super High Roller has come to an end in the evening of January 6. Canadian Sam Greenwood (pictured right) leads, but most of the attention on Day 1 went to fellow countryman and also second in chips, Mike McDonald.
During the first level of play, McDonald was at the feature table with businessman Bill Perkins. As is common with the high roller events, prop bets were formed. First, Perkins bet McDonald that he could not complete 300 air squats in one hour for $10,000. McDonald accepted and easily completed the challenge. Later on in the day, Perkins proposed a wager to McDonald again. This time McDonald had to complete 350 pushups in an hour. Unfortunately, time ran out for the man they call Timex, as he fell short at 323. Expect to see more shenanigans on Day 2.
Canada was well represented in the first major event of the year. Greenwood finished the day on top with 1,073,000 chips. His closest competitor, McDonald, bagged up 749,000. Carlos Chadha (683,000), Sorel Mizzi (577,500), and Daniel Negreanu (303,000) were the other Canadians to survive the day. Mike Watson and Andrew Chen were the only Canadians to bust and do have the option of reentering before the start of play on Day 2.
Greenwood found himself in great spots all day long. In his first massive pot, Greenwood knocked out Scott Seiver with pocket kings to Seiver’s pocket aces, catching a king on the turn. Later on in the day, Greenwood found himself in a similar spot. This time he had the aces and they held to bust Byron Kaverman with pocket kings.
Greenwood navigated some pretty shark-filled waters throughout the day. The high rollers always bring out the best and brightest poker stars. Some notables making it thorugh to Day 2 include Andrew Robl (734,000), Christoph Vogelsang (697,000), Bryn Kenney (626,000), Jason Mercier (540,000), and Justin Bonomo (511,000).
The reentry event drew 61 buy-ins with 48 unique entrants. Dan Shak, Perkins, Seiver, Daniel Colman, Cary Katz, and McDonald all fired multiple bullets. A few unwilling to continue but with the option of entering again before the start of Play on Day 2 were Vanessa Selbst, Shak, Stephen Chidwick, Jake Schindler, and Olivier Busquet.
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