PokerStars pro Pieter de Korver leads PCA Day 1a

PokerStars pro Pieter de Korver leads PCA Day 1a

Sunday, 9 January 2011

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure began its eighth run this weekend at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The series had already awarded Eugene Katchalov $1.5m for besting Daniel Negreanu heads-up in the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event and got the $10,000 Main Event off with a bang; 647 players registered for the opening flight.

Of these, a huge amount were either online qualifiers or established professionals. Only 280 made it through to Day 2 which begins today at noon local time (roughly 4.30pm GMT); among those who hit the rail on Day 1a were Arnaud Mattern, Chad Brown, Vanessa Selbst and Dennis Phillips.

Despite this, a myriad of poker talent will join the Day 1b survivors later today to play down to Day 2. Bernard Lee, Victor Ramdin, former WSOP champion Joe Cada, PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri and Jose Barbero and last but not least, none other than Phil Ivey, who made it through with an average stack.

Leading the way is Pieter de Korver, Dutch PokerStars Pro. He turned his 30,000 starting stack into just under a quarter of a million chips by the end of ten levels and will return with the chip lead for Day 2, where blinds will be 800/1,600. Last year, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2m for besting a record field. This year many predict the player pool – and thus prize pool – will top even the 2010 PCA.

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