The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure continues with full throttle and this Tuesday saw the official start of Day 1B of the Main Event. As it is known, this year’s edition of the culminating event is featuring a buy-in amounting to some $10,300 and this guarantees the big interest towards the generous payouts reserved for the top positions. At the end of this Tuesday action, there was one poker player which stood out and he goes by the name of Jean Ateba, the current chip leader in PCA Main Event.
At this point, right after the end of the second starting flight of the Main Event, it seems like all players have gained momentum. Those of them who survived Days 1A and 1B already know the level of competition and the rival players which are going to fight them for the throne and the top positions on the official leader board. The hall was filled with a lot of turquoise color and this made the players really stood out on their way to the trophy and the big cashes. It is safe to say at this point that Ateba is the overall chip leader of the two starting flights and he is ready to welcome the rest of the surviving players in Day 2 of the tournament with his chip stack amounting to 155,500.
Competition for the Trophy
However, this does not mean that he is the guaranteed winner of the Main Event, as there is a strong presence at the runner-up position on the temporary leader board. Currently, the second place in the chip count is reserved for Michael Vela, who managed to reach the third place in last year’s PokerStars Championship Main Event at the Bahamas.
During his participation there he outplayed most of his rivals for the throne and was granted a total of $259,980. His total live earnings are also worth consideration, as for the moment they amount to $2,194,195. Vela’s presence on the runner-up position now is something which should be noted and kept an eye on, since he has 153,000 in chips.
Day 1B added more people to the run for the big cash and they officially amounted to some 550 players. With five more days to go until the final table many of them will have to go home, others will progress ahead and demonstrate their poker skills, but it is sure that everyone will have fun. In the run, there could be seen poker players of all ages and levels of proficiency, both top pros, amateurs, and Spin & Go qualifiers. The third position on the unofficial leader board is currently occupied by Marcus Schottes who has as many as 148,200 in chips. The fourth position is reserved for Timur Toktabayev whose chip stack swelled to 141,500 during Day 1B.
This Wednesday is scheduled to see the action which is going to take place during Day 2 of the Main Event and the closer we get to the final day, the more interesting poker game these players plan to deliver.