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Final 20 Reached in 2019 PCA Main Event; Nguyen Leads, Rheem, Berkey, Eibinger, Vogelsang in Contention

KaleGozer • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Tommy Nguyen
Tommy Nguyen

The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event has passed the halfway point with three out of five days in the books. A field that started out with 865 hopefuls has been whittled down to the final 20, and each of them is looking to take home the first place prize of $1,567,100 that will be awarded on Wednesday, January 16.

Usually, there's a clear chipleader or a select few that stand out from the pack, but not this time. Although WSOP Monster Stack winner Tommy Nguyen claimed the coveted top spot with 2,705,000, there's plenty of others hot on his heels. Jeff Hakim (2,640,000) is only two big blinds away from being top dog, Daniel Strelitz (2,615,000) trails just by another big blind and EPT Prague $50k High Roller champ Matthias Eibinger (2,485,000) is in striking distance as well.

Besides these four, each very accomplished players in their own right, there's plenty of star quality still in contention. A clear indication of how stacked the field is is that just out of the top 10 alone, nine players boast over $1 million in lifetime winnings on The Hendon Mob. Elite high stakers Matt Berkey (1,570,000) and Christoph Vogelsang (1,240,000), WPT champ Brian Altman (1,785,000), Mihai Manole (1,325,000), Simon Deadman (750,000), Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer (570,000), and Danny Tang (245,000) are among those still vying for the coveted trophy.

Chino Rheem
David "Chino" Rheem will be back on Day 4

The biggest name left in the field is that of David "Chino" Rheem (1,425,000). Although Rheem's checkered past may has divided the poker world's opinion of him over the years, he's still a force to be reckoned with at the tables. A win in the Main Event would be a career highlight and lift him over the $10 million in lifetime winnings. The American ended the day in the middle of the pack after flirting with elimination earlier in a hand against Eibinger, where Rheem rivered a crucial straight to stay in contention.

Between all the heavy hitters, the odd man out is Scott Wellenbach who's likely to have the railbirds rooting for him on the penultimate day. Wellenbach, a 66-year old Buddhist text translator from Halifax, Canada, has vouched to donate all his winnings in this event to charity. In an interview with PokerNews, Wellenbach described his day as a huge rollercoaster, talked about his respect for the competition and about charity. Wellenbach ended the day with 1,135,000 in chips.

While all aforementioned players will be back, among those that fell by the wayside on Day 3 is Filipe Oliveira, who was the last player to miss out of Day 4. Just two months ago, the Portuguese won the MILLIONS event in the Bahama's for $1.5M. His second deep run on the Caribbean island ended against Vogelsang with king-jack versus ace-jack and he took home $52,440 this time.

The final two Team PokerStars Ambassadors Andre Akkari (24th - $44,060) and Randy Lew (43rd - $28,520) were also eliminated on Day 3. They were joined on the rail by the likes of start-of-the-day Pierre Calamusa, Maria Ho, Scott Clements, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Anthony Zinno, and Claas Segebrecht. Segebrecht was clashing with Deadman at the feature table all day, and lost an unlucky pocket aces versus ace-king hand before getting bluffed off a big hand. Deadman then finished what he started and eliminated Segebrecht just after the dinner break.

On Tuesday at noon local time, the 20 remaining players will return for the penultimate day of the Main Event. Each of them has already locked up $60,840 for their efforts but all eyes are on the first place prize of $1,567,100. Blinds will resume in the level 10,000/25,000 with a big blind ante of 25,000. Levels will be 90 minutes throughout the day and play will continue until the final 6 players have been reached. PokerNews is on the floor to cover the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure start to finish so make sure to check back regularly for all the updates from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahama's!

Matt Berkey
Matt Berkey is among the final 20 players

Day 4 Seat Assignments

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Rajesh VohraUnited States585,00023
12Tommy NguyenCanada2,705,000108
13Daniel StrelitzUnited States2,615,000105
14Mihai ManoleRomania1,325,00053
15Scott WellenbachUnited States1,135,00045
16Ami BarerCanada570,00023
18Jeff HakimLebanon2,640,000106
      
21Danny TangHong Kong245,00010
23Matthias EibingerAustria2,485,00099
24Chino RheemUnited States1,425,00057
25Matt BerkeyUnited States1,570,00063
26Joao SimaoBrazil725,00029
27Pavel VekslerUkraine1,320,00053
28Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada300,00012
      
31Simon DeadmanUnited Kingdom750,00030
32Vicent BoscaSpain965,00039
35Christoph VogelsangGermany1,240,00050
36Enrico CamosciItaly1,050,00042
37Brian AltmanUnited States1,785,00071
38Bob BounahraBelize400,00016

End-Of-Day Chip Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Tommy Nguyen ca 2,705,000 115,000
Jeff Hakim lb 2,640,000 -90,000
Daniel Strelitz us 2,615,000 45,000
Matthias Eibinger at 2,485,000
Brian Altman us 1,785,000 -215,000
Matt Berkey us 1,570,000 70,000
Chino Rheem us 1,425,000 -150,000
Mihai Manole ro 1,325,000 195,000
Pavel Veksler ua 1,320,000 110,000
Christoph Vogelsang de 1,240,000 -160,000
Scott Wellenbach ca 1,135,000 -55,000
Enrico Camosci it 1,050,000 120,000
Vicent Bosca es 965,000 110,000
Simon Deadman gb 750,000 -455,000
Joao Simao br 725,000 215,000
Rajesh Vohra us 585,000 30,000
Ami Barer ca 570,000 205,000
Bob Bounahra bz 400,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca 300,000 -10,000
Danny Tang hk 245,000 -380,000

End of Day 3

KaleGozer • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Day 3 of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event has come to an end. 20 players have bagged for the night. All chip counts and an end of day recap follow.

Barer's Kings Don't Get Value

SandraBarbour • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Ami Barer limped from the small blind with {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Jeff Hakim, in the big blind, raised to 70,000 with {a-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Barer made the call.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Spades} and was checked around to the {9-Clubs} turn and to the {3-Spades} river. Barer bet 110,000. Hakim tank-folded.

''Give me something!'' commented Barer, raking in the small pot.

Jeff Hakim lb 2,640,000 -90,000
Ami Barer ca 570,000 205,000

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Late-Night Double for Ladouceur

KaleGozer • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

In the final hand of the night, Matt Berkey raised to 40,000, Marc-Andre Ladouceur three-bet shoved 130,000 from the small blind, Danny Tang used one time bank and folded from the big blind, and Berkey called.

Marc-Andre Ladouceur: {A-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Matt Berkey: {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Ladouceur ended the night on a high note when the board ran out {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} to get him above the 10bb mark.

Matt Berkey us 1,500,000 -150,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca 310,000 130,000

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Strelitz Gets Hakim to Fold Aces

SandraBarbour • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Jeff Hakim, on the cutoff, raised to 50,000 with {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}. Daniel Strelitz, in the big blind, called with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}.

The flop came {6-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and was checked around to the {9-Diamonds} turn. Strelitz bet 25,000 Hakim called.

The {2-Clubs} river completed the board. Strelitz fired another bet of 125,000. Hakim took a minute of reflection before giving up his hand.

Jeff Hakim lb 2,730,000 -130,000
Daniel Strelitz us 2,570,000 -150,000

Tags: Daniel StrelitzJeff Hakim

Eibinger Takes From Berkey

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Matthias Eibinger in the cutoff opened to 40,000 and Chino Rheem called on the button, Matt Berkey in the small blind then three-bet to 175,000. Eibinger and Rheem both called to see the {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, which brought a check by Rheem. Berkey made it 140,000 to go and Eibinger was the only caller.

After the {Q-Hearts} turn, Berkey checked and called a bet worth 205,000 before the {9-Diamonds} river brought no further betting action. Berkey showed {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} and Eibinger claimed the pot with {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a pair of aces.

Matthias Eibinger at 2,485,000 785,000
Matt Berkey us 1,650,000 -550,000
Chino Rheem us 1,575,000 -125,000

Tags: Chino RheemMatt BerkeyMatthias Eibinger

Bosca Jams Up His Stack

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Enrico Camosci made it 40,000 to go in the under-the-gun position and Vicent Bosca three-bet out of the small blind for 135,000, Camosci called. On a flop of {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Bosca used one time bank and continued for 80,000, the call of Camosci followed.

The {Q-Diamonds} fell on the turn and Bosca moved all in, Camosci released his cards into the muck.

Enrico Camosci it 930,000 -120,000
Vicent Bosca es 855,000 345,000

Tags: Enrico CamosciVicent Bosca