LAPT Bahamas Crowns Champion
Day 4 of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) saw the first-ever Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Bahamas champion. The final day was a star-studded affair, led by 2011 PCA Main Event Champion Galen Hall and German tournament beast Martin Finger. Unfortunately, no Canadians survived to the final day.
Finger quickly established dominance at the final table, at one point amassing 55% of the chips in play going into four-handed play. The title eventually came down to start-of-day chip leader Josh Kay heads up against Martin Finger.
Finger went into heads-up play with all the momentum and more than a 2-to-1 chip lead over Kay. Finger looked set to march straight to the winner’s circle, but Kay had other ideas, slowly chipping back up and taking the lead when he flopped the nut straight to Finger’s two pairs.
At the beginning of heads-up play, after surveying Finger’s massive stack, Kay made an off-hand remark. “This will be the easiest $140K you’ve ever made.” It ended up being Kay collecting the extra money, however, when Finger got the rest of his stack in with top pair and a straight draw on the turn against Kay’s flopped set of nines. The queen on the river wasn’t enough help for Finger’s hand, and Josh Kay collected the trophy and first-place prize money of $367,928. For all the payouts, see the PokerStars blog.
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 1b
The PCA Main Event got into full gear on Day 4 of this Caribbean poker festival as players took to the felt for Day 1b. 587 players sat down for the second of two starting flights, with 368 of them bagging chips when play closed. They will join the 139 players who survived Day 1a in Saturday's Day 2.
Leading the way into Day 2 will be Dietrich Fast who bagged up more than 200,000 chips. Famed Canadian and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu survived the day with a reasonable stack of almost 85,000, and the big Canadian stack belongs to Abbotsford, B.C.’s Steve Goosen at 114,000. Joining them on Day 2 will be fellow Canadians Shyam Srinivasan (89,000), Ami Alibay (88,800), Shawn Buchanan (82,600), Carlos Chadha (70,000) Mike Leah (68,300), Jonathan Duhamel (43,700), Eric Afriat (48,600), Jonathan Roy (42,000), Griffin Benger (38,500), Sorel Mizzi (32,300), and Sam Greenwood (19,700).
Play resumes January 10 at noon local time, and players can still register up to the start of play. Final player totals and prize pools will be announced after Day 2 play begins. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as the Main Event plays down towards the money.