Lefrancois Leads Chase for $1.8m First Prize at PCA Main Event

Lefrancois Leads Chase for $1.8m First Prize at PCA Main Event

Friday, 10 January 2014

Day 2 of this year's PCA Main Event was a day of numbers as the registration desks were finally closed to allow the backstage calculations to begin. Pooling together the money collected over the course of two starting sessions (plus that from a few latecomers), the organisers eventually determined that the field had reach 1,031 entrants which meant the $10 million guarantee had been broken.

After taking a moment to marvel at the success of the first major tournament of the year, the number bods quickly carved up the prizepool into 153 slices before announcing that the winner of the 2014 PCA Main Event would take home $1,820,420.

With a target now to aim Day 2's runners began to focus their attention and shoot for the fences. Indeed, as the session progressed and the field thinned a slew of notable pros, including Liv Boeree, Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst and Greg Merson, all began to poke their heads above the parapet.

However, despite making it through the day with robust stacks, none of the Main Event's remaining "stars" could top Pascal Lefrancois. The Canadian grinder has already won a WSOP side event back in 2010 but a PCA title would certainly be the most high profile victory of his career.

By the close of play Lefrancois's 412,000 chip stack was enough to top the session's 234 survivors which also included: Sam Greenwood (402,500) and Matthew Berkey (372,100).

Day 3 will get underway later when the field will play through the bubble before pausing for the night ahead of Day 4 on Saturday.

$10,300 PCA Main Event End of Day 2 Chip Counts:

Pascal Lefrancois - 412,000
Sam Greenwood - 402,500
Matthew Berkey - 372,100
Roger Teska - 369,700
Brian Altman - 362,100
Max Silver - 345,200
Keven Stammen - 342,500
Christopher Ulsrud - 338,600
Tyler Reiman - 331,800
Jason Helder - 328,000

Tags: PCA 2014, Pascal Lefrancois