Pieter de Korver Will Have Tournament Chip Lead When Day 2 Begins Later TodayPublished on January 10th, 2011 10:56 am EST
The PCA (Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure) main event has had a progressively bigger turnout ever since its inception in 2004. This comes despite the fact that the main event buy-in was increased to $10k a few years ago.
Last year, 1,529 players turned out for the main event, creating a total prize pool of $14,831,300. Could those numbers be topped in 2011?
After Day 1A of this year's main event, things were not looking good. 647 players turned out for the first day of play, down from the 688 players that took part in Day 1A of the 2010 PCA main event.
The floodgates opened on Sunday, however, when 913 players turned out to play on Day 1B of the main event. This brought the total field size for this year's main event up to 1,560 players, slightly edging last year's total.
The prize pool for the 2011 PCA main event is $15,132,000, up about $300k from last year's total. All eight final table participants this year will take home a minimum of $202,000, with the eventual winner walking away with $2,300,000.
645 of the original 1,560 entrants in the tournament are still alive after the first two Day 1 flights. The survivors from Day 1A and Day 1B will combine into one field on Day 2, which gets underway in just a few hours.
Here are the top five chip stacks heading into Day 2:
Pieter de Korver - 245,300
Walid Bou-Habib- 239,000
Ryan Olisar - 227,000
Timothy Finne - 225,100
Carol Ventura - 225,000
Some of the notable names who currently are near the top of the leaderboard are:
Tommy Vedes - 220,200
Chris Moneymaker - 217,600
Owen Crowe - 213,000
Daniel Alaei - 189,300
Day 2 will get underway at 12 pm local time on Monday afternoon.
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