2015 PCA Day 6: In the Money in the Main; Ambrose Ng Leads Canadians

Ambrose Ng at PCA Main Event

On Sunday, 175 players returned to the tournament floor at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas to play Day 3 of the $10,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event. The goal was to make the money — to be among the last 119 players who would earn a piece of the prize pool.

The money bubble burst when Connor Drinan made a five-bet shove for his tournament life with {a-Spades}{3-Spades} and was called by the {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs} of Chance Kornuth. This was followed by Arne Kern getting it in with {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} to race against Canadian Ambrose Ng's {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Kern hit a king on the flop, but Ng improved to a set with a ten on the river, eliminating Kern. Drinan and Kern were the 121st- and 120th-place finishers, respectively, leaving the remaining players in the money.

When the chips were all bagged for the day and the official counts in, the bubble buster Ambrose Ng (pictured right) from Regina, Saskatchewan was the Canadian with the largest stack at 877,000 chips, which is good for sixth on the leaderboard. Leading overall is Argentinean Juan Etcheverry with 1,704,000.

Other Canadians returning on Monday for Day 4 are Carter Swidler (583,000), Christopher Lockhart (457,000), Carlos Chadha (416,000), Ratharam Sivagnanam (340,000), Hugh Drummond (329,000), Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel (266,000), Shyam Srinivasan (203,000), Josue Sauvageau (142,000), and Louis Boutin (73,000).

The last woman standing in the event was also a Canadian. Elizabeth Bennett-Martin from Toronto was eliminated late in the day in 65th place, cashing in for $24,140. She outlasted the second-last female, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, who was out in 73rd for one pay level lower at $20,580.

Unfortunately, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu's run at the title came to an end on Sunday, though he was eliminated in the money. His jacks couldn't catch up to Pratyush Buddiga's queens. We also lost Team PokerStars Online Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Nenad Medic, Shawn Buchanan, Owen Crowe, Jonathan Roy, Sam Greenwood, and Mike Leah from the Canadian contingent.

The remaining 57 players will return on Monday with their eyes on that PCA Main Event title and the accompanying $1,491,580. Play will resume at noon local time for Day 4. The $25,000 PCA High Roller also begins on Monday.

Aside from the big events that capture most of our attention, PCA also has plenty of side events that are full of talent playing a wide array of games. This is, after all, a 35-event poker series. On Sunday, the $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. tournament tested players' competency in a mix of games, and a friend of PokerNews Canada was found on the final table.

Last year, Ken Lo from Toronto wrote a series of articles for us, each one detailing a mixed-game poker variant as a preview of his upcoming book. Published this past summer, Lo's A Poker Player's Guide to Mixed Games is proving to be a wealth of info for players wanting to broaden their poker skills to include more than hold'em. Proving that he can back up the talk, Lo cashed last summer's inaugural dealer's choice event at the World Series of Poker, and was found on the final table of the PCA H.O.R.S.E. event this Sunday. He eventually finished third for $4,420 in the five-game mix in the Bahamas.

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