2015 PCA Day 2: Monster Mizzi Leads Super High Roller; LAPT Bahamas Kicks Off
It was the penultimate day of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100,000 Super High Roller, and Canadian Sorel Mizzi is in the driver's seat heading into the final day. Mizzi steamrolled his way to the chip lead on Day 2, knocking out anyone in his path.
Mizzi finished the day with 4,800,000 chips to claim the top spot with seven players remaining. Day 1 chip-leader and fellow countryman Sam Greenwood also moved on to Day 3. Greenwood hung on at the end to bag up 705,000 chips — the shortest stack at the table. Roger Sippl (3,255,000), Steve O’Dwyer (2,925,000), Bryn Kenney (2,410,000), Christoph Vogelsang (1,540,000), and Andrew Robl (1,370,000) round out the final seven.
Mizzi soared into the chip-lead with a massive bad beat laid on Jason Koon. Mizzi (in the cutoff) was in the tank with 60,000 chips committed. He was facing a three-bet from Koon in the small blind to about 250,000. After a few moments, Mizzi called to see a flop.
After asking how much Mizzi had behind (958,000), Koon continued for 255,000. Mizzi tanked for a bit before he raised all in. Koon called.
Mizzi was ahead with a set of queens and held up through the turn and river to score the sizeable double-up.
There were 44 players to start to the day, only nine of whom would make the money. With the elimination of David Peters by Mizzi on the bubble, the remaining players all secured at least a min-cash of $185,660. Jake Schindler was the first to go and Scott Seiver busted soon after. A few Canadian hopefuls also busted before the money. Daniel Negreanu, Mike McDonald (after finishing second in chips on Day 1), and Carlos Chadha were unsuccessful in their attempt for glory this time.
Play will resume at 1 p.m. local time in the Bahamas with a cards-up live broadcast that you can watch over on the global PokerNews site starting at 2 p.m. EST. Stay tuned to see if Sorel Mizzi can grab the Super High Roller title and the $1,872,580 top prize.
First-Ever LAPT Bahamas Kicks Off
Day 2 at the PCA also brought Day 1 of the Latin American Poker Tour’s (LAPT) first-ever Main Event in the Bahamas. The $3,000 reentry event received a stunning 736 entries with 532 unique runners.
Several Canadians took part in the event. Mike Leah was able to bag 166,000 chips in his first tournament of 2015. Griffin Benger ended play with an average stack of 70,000. Jonathan Duhamel, Sam Chartier, Laurence Grondin, and Ami Alibay also took to the felt. There were 183 survivors after 12 levels of play. According to the PokerStars blog, Mukul Pahuja looked to have the biggest stack in the room when play concluded.
Many notable faces took part in the inaugural event. Liv Boeree, Eugene Katchalov, Leo Fernandez, Victor Ramdin, Bertrand Grospellier, and Brazilian football legend Ronaldo were all seen around the room.
The prize pool — one of the biggest LAPT’s in history — was closed off at $1,945,248. There will be 111 places paid with the eventual champion receiving $367,928.