Day 4 completed
Day 4 completed
That's Day 4 done and dusted here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and it was a frantically short one. The final 64 players were back inside the Imperial Ballroom this afternoon for the play down to 24. Faraz Jaka came into the day third in chips, and he bags up a huge chip lead. His finishing count of 4.114 million puts him a full 1.4 million chips ahead of his nearest challenger, Alex Fitzgerald.
Others still in contention heading to tomorrow's moving day include Sam Greenwood, Kyle Julius, Martin Jacobson, Ruben Visser, and the last lady standing, Xuan Liu.
Things did not go so well for the PokerStars family today, all of whom were eliminated before day's end. Arnaud Mattern was the first of those to fall, and he was joined by Jan Heitmann and Luca Pagano in short order. Right at the end of the night, Barry Greenstein fell to Jaka, too, and we'll have a non-sponsored winner here in a few days' time.
Other notables who came and went today included the defending champion, Galen Hall, as well as Chris Klodnicki, William Reynolds, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Erik Cajelais, Sam Chartier, Eddy Sabat, and pro golfer Sergio Garcia, who outlasted more than 1,000 players here this week.
The 24 survivors will be right back here tomorrow at noon, but they've been rewarded with a nice 18-hour break for their good work today. We're on a break too, but we'll be back with the players at high noon to whittle the field down to the final table!
Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein was the last of the team members alive, but his run has just ended. The executioner was none other than Faraz Jaka, who else.
Action folded to Greenstein in the small blind and he raised all in for right around 230,000. Jaka made the call from the big blind and showed the . Greenstein tabled the .
The flop came down and put Greenstein in front with a pair of sevens. The turn brought the and gave Jaka back the lead. It wasn't all terrible news for Greenstein, though, as he did add a spade flush draw.
The river completed the board with the and Greenstein finished second best. Jaka was pushed the pot while Greenstein was escorted to the payout desk to collect his money.
Anthony Gregg opened to 44,000 from early position, and the action folded to Roberto Rivera who called in middle position. The blinds released, and the flop fell . Gregg checked, Rivera moved all in for 400,000, and Gregg snapped it off.
Rivera was drawing dead after the turned, and we unfortunately missed the river card. Gregg is now over 2 million chips.
From under the gun, Sam Greenwood opened to 50,000. Thomas Gabriel reraised to 207,000 and was all in from the cutoff seat. Action folded back to Greenwood and he made the call, putting Gabriel at risk.
Gabriel held the , but was absolutely crushed to see Greenwood's . From there, the board ran out and Gabriel was eliminated.
Under the gun, Roberto Rivera shoved all in for 298,000, and William Luciano made the flat-call right next door for almost all of his own chips, too. At showdown, Luciano's was the best hand, but Rivera's was drawing live for the double. The board gave him lots of pairs and a couple full houses, and that was enough to overcome the Big Slick and earn the double.
On the next hand, Luciano moved all in for 54,000, and Daniel Schmieding made the call in position. Xuan Liu was feeling frisky, though, and she squeezed in a reraise to 154,000 total. Schmieding wasn't going anywhere, though, and he raised it right back up to 408,000 total. Liu got the message by that point, and she cut her losses and surrendered out of the way.
The board, please: . That's no use to Luciano, and he has been sent packing here in 26th place.
Faraz Jaka started the action by raising to 40,000 from early position. David Peters called on his direct left, David Granados called out of the small blind, and Martin Jacobson squeezed from the big blind, three-betting to 163,000. Jaka got out of the way, but Peters went deep in the tank. He eventually said, "all in," Granados snap-mucked, and Jacobson instantly called, putting himself at risk.
Jacobson had Peters dominated, and held as the board ran , doubling to 1.7 million chips.
From early position, Anthony Gregg raised to 43,000. Warren Strong reraised all in from the small blind for around 320,000. Gregg called.
The flop came down and Gregg added a pair of kings to further increase his lead in the hand. The turn was the and river the . Gregg's pair of kings were good and Strong headed out the door.
In the hijack seat, Phil D'Auteuil opened the pot to 43,000, and Maksim Semisoshenko three-bet to 115,000. D'Auteuil shoved on him, and Semisoshenko made the call for his tournament life, verbally committing his last 714,000 chips to the pot. It was a big, big coin flip.
Semisoshenko's pair held fast on the board, and he's overtaken D'Auteuil and climbed up over the chip average with that double.