2015 PCA Day 8: Main Event Final Table Set; Savard Leads High Roller

Jean-Pascal Savard at 2015 PCA High Roller

Main Event Reduced to 6

Another beautiful day at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas saw two marquee events play down to the last few players. The $10,000 Main Event resumed at noon with 24 players, including three Canadians: Ratharam Sivagnanam, Shyam Srinivasan, and Ambrose Ng.

By the end of the day, only six players remained and nary a Canadian could be found. After leading the Canadian contingent coming into the previous day, Ambrose Ng from Regina, Saskatchewan was the first to go on Tuesday. Dylan Linde opened the action preflop with an early-position raise to 51,000, the always-vocal Maurice Hawkins called from the cutoff, and Ng three-bet shoved from the big bling for 627,000.

Linde went in the tank for at least three minutes before calling for most of his stack, and Hawkins came along for 117,000 total. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Ng had the best chance of winning the pot with his two black sixes — {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} — at 42%. Linde held {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, dominating Hawkins' {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. But, as happens in poker, the unlikely happened and Hawkins got the best of it on the {q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop. The turn and river of {9-Spades} and {3-Diamonds} were ineffectual, giving Hawkins most of the pot, the rest to Linde, and leaving Ng without any chips. He finished in 19th for $58,020, a result he has to be thrilled with as it nearly doubles his previous tournament earnings.

The next Canadian to be eliminated was Toronto, Ontario's Ratharam Sivagnanam. Better known as 'ram_siva1' when he plays on PokerStars, and with over $1 million in online earnings, Sivagnanam is starting to make a splash in the live scene. You may recall he just finished runner-up at World Poker Tour Montreal this November for over $300,000, which was only the second live tournament score of his career.

His demise in the PCA Main Event came when he found himself in a very similar situation as Ng when he was eliminated. A raise from Pratyush Buddiga to 90,000 had been called by Diego Ventura, and Sivagnanam was sitting in the big blind. He shipped in his 995,000 chips with {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and was called by Buddiga's dominating {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. Sivagnanam couldn't catch up and was eliminated in 13th for $81,760.

The third and final Canadian in the Main Event, fellow-Torontonian Shyam Srinivasan, bubbled the unofficial final table when he was eliminated in 10th place. Folded to on the button, Srinivasan pushed his 15-big-blind stack in the middle with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. He was ahead when he got a call from Kevin Schulz in the big blind with {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}, but the runout was a nightmare. The flop of {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} was clean enough, and the turn of {5-Spades} wasn't entirely condemning, but the {4-Spades} on the river have Schulz an unlikely straight, sending Srinivasan to the cashier to collect $91,240, falling just short of his result in last year's PCA Main Event when he finished sixth. He would have been the first player in PCA history to make back-to-back final tables in the same event.

With just six players remaining to take their seats on Wednesday, Chance Kornuth is leading the pack with 7,860,000 chips. A first-place prize of almost $1.5 million will be the target of these final-tablists.

Savard Leads the High Roller

Tuesday also had Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller on the schedule, and 117 players returned to try to last to the final 39 where they would burst the money bubble. By the end of the day, only 11 players remained, and French Canadian Jean-Pascal Savard had the largest stack of all.

Savard had the biggest Canadian stack starting the day, and he used those chips to bully his way to the top of the overall leaderboard. He holds 2,433,000 chips and is the sole Canadian remaining in the field.

Just two Canadians made it in the money: Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu (14th — $89,100) and Sam Greenwood (27th — 56,820) who also final-tabled the Super High Roller earlier in this series.

Negreanu met his demise when he got it in on the flop with top two. With the board reading {5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Spades}, Dan Heimiller bet 60,000, Negreanu raised to 175,000, and Heimiller pushed all in. Negreanu made the call for his tournament life with {7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}, exposing Heimiller's semi-bluff holding the open-ended draw with {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Negreanu survived the turn of {9-Clubs}, but the {3-Spades} on the river completed Heimiller's straight, eliminating Negreanu.

Mike Watson, Will Molson, Mike Leah, Andrew Chen, Mike McDonald, Shawn Buchanan, and Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel were less fortunate when they were eliminated before making it past the money bubble.

When the High Roller resumes on Wednesday, Savard will be trying to stay on top to get closer to that top prize of nearly $1.3 million, but he has a tough lineup to contend with including Oleksii Khoroshenin, Dan Heimiller, Dominik Nitsche, Scott Seiver, Bryn Kenney, and Faraz Jaka.

There was one Canadian victory at PCA on Tuesday, though. Duhamel won the $5,000 Turbo side event.

Watch PokerNews Canada for a recap of Wednesday's action — the final day of the 2015 PCA.

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