2015 PCA Day 7: 3 Canadians Left in Main Event; Record-Breaking High Roller Begins

Ratharam Sivagnanam at 2015 PCA Main Event

Main Event Down to 24

On Monday, at the beautiful Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, 57 players returned to continue their run in the $10,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event. All of the remaining players were already in the money, having busted the bubble the day earlier, and were promised a minimum of $24,140.

With the top prize of $1,491,580 in sight, Argentinean Juan Etcheverry held the chip lead at the beginning of play and Ambrose Ng had the biggest stack of the Canadian contingent. Both players survived the day, and both have about half of the average stack starting Day 5 on Tuesday.

Leading the field at the end of play was Brazilian Eugenio Mattar with 2,673,000 chips. Sitting in sixth overall, Ratharam Sivagnanam (pictured above) has the largest Canadian stack with 1,624,000. Just behind him is Shyam Srinivasan with 1,310,000, and Ambrose Ng's 485,000 rounds out the last of the Canadians in this premier event.

Canadians who didn't survive the day on Monday include Edward Sorensen who was the last player eliminated before play paused for the night (25th — $42,180), Christopher Lockhart (28th — $36,560), Josue Sauvageau (31st — $36,560), Carter Swidler (32nd — $31,820), Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel (42nd — $27,700), Carlos Chadha (43rd — $27,700), Mike Dietrich (47th — $27,700), Louis Boutin (51st — $27,700), and Hugh Drummond (55th — $27,700).

Carter Swidler, who earned $22,000 playing online on PokerStars while playing the Main Event on Sunday, was a bit peeved about his elimination. He three-bet all in with a short stack and the original raiser, Uwe Ritter, sat silently for about 10 seconds before calling. Swidler's {a-Hearts}{q-Spades} was dominated by Ritter's {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}.

"Are you kidding me?" Swidler spat ouy, referencing the German's slow roll. A king fell on the flop leaving Swidler in a desperate spot, and no help came on the turn and river. "Took you that long?" shot Swidler as he was eliminated.

Jonathan Duhamel's end came when he four-bet all in with a 30-big-blind stack holding {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and was called off by Andreas Samuelsson with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}. The flop of {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{j-Hearts} gave Duhamel some outs to catch up to the Swede's pair, and the turn of {6-Clubs} gave him two more outs with trips possibilities, but he didn't catch any of those cards when the {q-Spades} hit the river and Duhamel lost his stack.

The Main Event resumes at noon local time on Tuesday and the final 24 players will return, including our three Canadian hopefuls.

Record-Breaking High Roller Gets Started

The $25,000 PCA High Roller began on Monday, and it attracted more registrations than it ever has with 257 entries. Of those who purchased a starting stack, just 117 of them survived the day and will return on Tuesday.

Scott Seiver had the most chips to bag at the end of the day, and was the only player with more than 300,000 chips. Unfortunately, the top of the leaderboard doesn't contain any Canadians. French Canadian Jean-Pascal Savard had the largest stack to defend our nation. He finished the day with 187,500, which puts him in 17th overall.

The next representative of red and white is the ever-present Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu with 153,300, followed by Mike McDonald (113,900), Mike Leah (104,100), Will Molson (63,600), Sam Greenwood (51,800), Andrew Chen (46,900), Shawn Buchanan (42,100), and Jonathan Duhamel (29,000).

Some of the Canadians who bought in to the High Roller but didn't make it through Day 1 include Max Greenwood, Griffin Benger, and Mike Watson.

The High Roller will resume at noon local time with 117 players taking seats. Watch PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action as we follow the Canadian contingent through PCA.

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