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Yunis Leads after Day 1

[user101598] • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Chip Leader Nick Yunis
Chip Leader Nick Yunis

Day 1 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller is in the books, and after eleven levels of play, 56 players remain and Nick Yunis is our chip leader with 407,100 chips. There were 141 players and seven re-entries (Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Chris Moorman, Chance Kornuth, Eui Woong Kim, Joe Elpayaa, and Nick Yunis), making the total number of entries 148 – just ten less than last year. The total prize pool reached $3,626,000, and 16 players will cash for a minimum of $58,020. The lucky eight who make the final table are guaranteed $108,780, and the winner will receive $1,134,930 and the Shamballa bracelet.

Yunis, who leads by nearly 60,000 chips, busted during the first four levels, then re-entered. He steadily trended upwards with his second bullet, and in one key pot against Carlos Boyd, Yunis was faced with an all-in bet with the board reading {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades}. He had Boyd covered, but it was still a big decision, and he called, holding the {a-Spades}{8-Spades}. Boyd held {k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} – a monster draw – but the river was a blank, and Yunis secured the knockout. Yunis’ largest cash to date came late last year, where he finished fourth in a Partouche Poker Tour event for $47,763.

Businessman Bill Perkins stole the show today, playing seemingly every pot at his table. He was unafraid to get his chips in the middle, and his chip stack rocketed to 100,000 chips, then 200,000 chips, then 300,000 chips, and ended the day with 345,700 chips. Perkins recorded a few knockouts along the way, inclduding Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Ludovic Lacay and Carlos Mortensen. The businessman always seems to enjoy his time at the table, but poker’s always a little more fun when the chips are gravitating towards you.

Leading Team PokerStars Pro in the field today was 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel, who is having an amazing PCA, finished the day with 226,300 chips, and won several key pots, including one against fellow Team Pro Eugene Katchalov. In the hand, Duhamel opened to 1,300, and Katchalov three-bet on his direct left. The action folded back to Duhamel, he called, and the flop fell {j-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Duhamel checked, Katchalov tossed out 2,500, and Duhamel check-raised to 7,700. Katchalov called. Duhamel led for 13,700 after the {7-Clubs} turned, Katchalov called, and the {k-Hearts} completed the board. Duhamel led again – this time for 28,400 – and Katchalov tank-called. Duhamel tabled {6-Spades}{5-Spades} for a straight, Katchalov mucked, and Duhamel pulled in a massive pot.

Katchalov survived the day though, and so too did Team Pros Pierre Neuville, Barry Greenstein, Joe Cada, and Ville Wahlbeck. Online Pro Randy Lew and Sports Star Gualter Salles also made it through to Day 2.

Will Molson will not reach heads-up play for the fourth straight year. Molson, who has cashed for over $1.6 million in this event in the past three years, was eliminated in the last level of the night, joining a long list of casualties including Pius Heinz, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Chance Kornuth (twice), Joseph Elpayaa (twice), Matt Waxman, Justin Smith, Erik Cajelais, and many more.

The tournament is scheduled to resume at noon local time tomorrow, but there have been some rumblings that the re-start may be delayed. If there are any developments between now and the start of play tomorrow, we will let you know as soon as possible. Until then, goodnight from The Bahamas!

Tags: Nick Yunis

Various Counts Off the Bags

Nick Yunis cl
Nick Yunis
cl 407,100 15,100
Bill Perkins us
Bill Perkins
us 345,700 -14,300
Taylor Paur us
Taylor Paur
us 317,100 2,100
Keven Stammen us
Keven Stammen
us 301,500 66,500
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 267,500 152,500
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
PokerStars Team Pro
ca 226,300 -10,700
Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
us 216,800 28,800
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
us 214,100 29,100
Chris McClung ca
Chris McClung
ca 214,000 -87,000
Pierre Neuville be
Pierre Neuville
PokerStars Team Pro
be 150,700 3,700
Amit Makhija us
Amit Makhija
us 150,500 50,500
Jen Harman
Jen Harman
139,000 -23,000
Ville Wahlbeck fi
Ville Wahlbeck
PokerStars Team Pro
fi 128,600 100,600
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 94,200 22,200
Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
PokerStars Team Pro
us 91,400 12,400
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 90,400 -9,600
Mike Sowers us
Mike Sowers
us 89,200 -4,800
Sam Stein us
Sam Stein
us 79,100 33,100
Dan O'Brien us
Dan O'Brien
us 41,500 -9,500
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 27,400 -17,600

Bagging and Tagging

[user68268] • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

All tables are done for the night and the players are bagging and tagging. We'll have a complete recap of the day coming for you shortly.

Four More Hands

[user68268] • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

The clock has been paused with just under 15 minutes left and each table will play out four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Aces for Hunichen


Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein fired 8,000 on the {J-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop before Chris Hunichen raised to 20,000. Behind him, Nick Yunis made the call and then Greenstein folded.

The turn was the {7-Spades} and both players checked through to see the {10-Hearts} land on the river. Hunichen bet 45,000 and Yunis tank-called after a couple minutes of thought. Hunichen revealed the {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} and Yunis mucked.

Nick Yunis cl
Nick Yunis
cl 392,000 138,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
us 271,000 166,000
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
PokerStars Team Pro
us 100,000 -44,000

Tags: Chris HunichenNick YunisBarry Greenstein

Molson Exits


Defending champion Will Molson has been eliminated from the tournament, meaning someone new will be wearing the crown this year.

Will Molson ca
Will Molson
ca Ausgeschieden

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Perkins Busts Mortensen

[user68268] • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Bill Perkins has just sent the 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event champion to the rail. With a little over 50,000 chips in the middle on the {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop, Mortensen moved all in for 65,000. Perkins made the call after thinking for a bit with the {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}. He was ahead of the {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for Mortensen and held after the {4-Hearts} hit the turn and {6-Hearts} hit the river.

Tags: Bill PerkinsCarlos Mortensen

Hall Doubles Through Rheem

Galen Hall
Galen Hall

Galen Hall was all in preflop for 22,900 in chips with the {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} against the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} for Chino Rheem. The flop came down {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades} to make for a quick and easy double as the {2-Diamonds} followed on the turn and {J-Hearts} on the river. Hall doubled and is now back to nearly the starting stack.

Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
us 185,000 -55,000
Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
us 49,000 -99,000

Tags: Galen HallChino Rheem