January 11, 2017
Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event is under way, registration is now closed, and the numbers have been finalized.
This $5,000 freeze-out attracted a total of 738 players, generating a prizepool worth $3,376,712. That money will be shared by the final 143 players, with a min-cash worth $7,260. Each of the final six players will earn six figures, with a trophy and a top prize of $480,012 reserved for the winner.
Final Table Payouts
1st place: $480,012
2nd place: $353,100
3rd place: $259,980
4th place: $191,420
5th place: $140,940
6th place: $103,780
7th place: $76,400
8th place: $56,260
As is typically the case here in The Bahamas, every corner of the world was well represented. Players from 57 countries played this Main Event, with North Americans responsible for nearly half of the field. The United States sent 228 players to claim the biggest slice of the pie chart, and their neighbors to the north are the second-most prolific, with 140 Canadians making up close to 20 percent of the field on their own. See the chart below for a complete breakdown of the nationalities in the field.
There are six 75-minute levels on the schedule today, so action should conclude just after 8:00 p.m. Follow the live coverage on the PokerStars blog and PokerNews, and the PokerStars TV broadcast is available starting today, as well.
Aaron Paul all smiles on Day 1b of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event
ON THE CLOCK
Thanks to considerable prodding from the high-stakes players, a small change has been made to the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller that was added to Wednesday's schedule. The decision was made to add a shot clock to the event, and it seems like the players universally approve of the choice.
"I haven't heard anyone say they don't want the shot clock instituted," Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu said in an interview with PokerNews. "It's just a good decision overall."
Here are the specifics of the shot clock logistics:
▪ Players will receive 30 seconds per decision throughout the event. Dealers will make a silent
5 count in their heads, then click the clock to start the players time
▪ Players will receive 3 time extension chips which are good for 60 seconds of clock per chip
▪ Time extension chips will automatically be used when a players time falls below 30 seconds
NINE DAYS OF ACTION
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 nearly 100 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)
POKERSTARS TV MAIN EVENT BROADCAST
The ever popular PokerStars TV returns to the Bahamas with a five-day broadcast schedule. Today is the first day of filming, bringing viewers all of the action from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event from Day 2 until the event's conclusion. The webcast is available in a wide number of languages, both on desktop and mobile on PokerStars.tv, YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. For cards-up finals, please ensure you do not post ANY action until it has appeared on the live stream. No live streaming is allowed - on any channel (including Facebook, Periscope etc) - from any tournament.
HOST OF #STARSFUN ACTIVITIES AWAY FROM POKER TABLES
Along with the immense poker action, the players and visitors can choose from a host of activities away from the tables, provided by #StarsFun. Virtual reality gaming stations are set up in the Lounge, giving players a chance to win daily prizes. A special 3-on-3 basketball competition is also scheduled on the Atlantis courts, rewarding members of the winning team with a $1,000 tournament credit apiece. The official players's party will take place at Aura Nightclub on January 13.
The PokerStars Championship Bahamas will also see the return of the popular "Breakfast with the Pros" Q&A sessions, with a variety of topics to chat through, such as strategy, regulation and future of the game. All players and media have the opportunity to come and ask our sponsored pros and celebrities a question. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.