James Juvanvic Leads After Day 1b Of The Main Event; Aaron Paul Among Survivors

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January 10, 2017

Monday was Day 1b of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event, the $5,000 freeze-out that began a day prior. The Day 1a flight drew 229 entries, and another 470 were added on 1b to bring the running total to 699. Late registration is still available until the start of Day 2, so that number will likely grow a bit before the buy-in window closes.

Team PokerStars was well represented in the field, with Brazil's Felipe Ramos and Andre Akkari, the UK's Jake Cody and Liv Boeree, Celina Lin all the way from Asia, and Americans Chris Moneymaker, Victor Ramdin, Vanessa Selbst, and Barry Greenstein all coming out to play. Also in the room were several of the auxiliary Team members, including Kevin Martin, Jaime Staples, and Randy Lew carrying the banner for Team Online, and Fatima Moreira de Melo representing her fellow SportStars. Everyone on that list apart from Boeree and Lin survived the day. All of those players carry the familiar star-spade on their lapel patches, but a couple others in the field could rightly be called stars, as well.

Ramos managed to built a 156,800-chip stack, good for a sixth place among all Day 1b participants.

Award-winning actor Aaron Paul turned up at Atlantis Resort for Day 1b, as did former football player and three-time Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour. Both men know their way around the felt rather well, and both survived the requisite eight levels to advance to Day 2. Paul will return to a stack of 74,700, while Seymour put 28,000 in the bag for the overnight soak.

They and everyone else are trailing James Juvancic and his big stack of 271,800, though. Juvancic is a 30-year-old American with close to a half-million in career tournament earnings, and he's fresh off a final table appearance at the last-ever Eureka Poker Tour Main Event last month in Prague. He finished in sixth place for €45,030 in that event, and he's put himself in a good spot to improve on that result here in the Bahamas, taking the overall chip lead into the second day. There's still a long way to go, though.

Notable players who bagged up a six-figure chip stack tonight included Valentin Messina (139,900), Max Lykov (137,300), Mohsin Charania (134,600), Jean Montury (124,000), Eugene Katchalov (111,200), Mukul Pahuja (107,500), Sam Chartier (107,200) and Pascal Lefrancois (103,200).

Day 1b saw 238 players advance, and they will join the 112 survivors from Day 1a tomorrw. Action restarts Tuesday at noon with six 75-minute levels on the schedule.

Follow the live coverage of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event on the PokerStars blog and PokerNews, and the PokerStars TV broadcast begins on Day 2.

2008: 1,136 entries, $8,562,976 prize pool, Bertrand Grospellier (France) won $2,000,000
2009: 1,347 entries, $12,674,000 prize pool, Poorya Nazari (Canada) won $3,000,000
2010: 1,529 entries, $14,831,300 prize pool, Harrison Gimbel (USA) won $2,200,000
2011: 1,560 entries, $15,132,000 prize pool, Galen Hall (USA) won $2,300,000
2012: 1,072 entries, $10,398,400 prize pool, John Dibella (USA) won $1,775,000
2013: 987 entries, $9,573,900 prize pool, Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria) won $1,859,000
2014: 1,031 entries, $10,070,000 prize pool, Dominik Panka (Poland) won $1,423,096
2015: 816 entries, $7,915,200 prize pool, Kevin Schulz (USA) won $1,491,580
2016: 928 entries, $4,500,800 prize pool, Mike Watson (Canada) won $728,325

PokerStars Championship Bahamas, which runs through January 14 at the sun-drenched Atlantis Resort in Nassau, is the first event of the all new PokerStars Championship tour. Poker players from around the world have been qualifying for as little as $10 at PokerStars.com. The event has an action-packed schedule of 92 tournaments, cash games, and non-poker activities, and attracts thousands of international players who will dust off the holiday cobwebs to play in the nine-day Bahamas poker extravaganza.

- $100,000 Super High Roller (January 6-8, 2017)
- $2,200 PokerStars National Championship (January 7-9, 2017)
- $5,000 PokerStars Championship Main Event (January 8-14, 2017)
- $50,000 NL Hold'em Single Day Single Re-Entry
- $25,750 PL Omaha Single Re-Entry
- $220 PokerStars Open (January 10-12, 2017)
- $25,750 High Roller (January 12-14, 2017)
- $440 PokerStars Cup (January 12-14, 2017)

News date : 01/10/2017    Category : Press Releases

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