Both yesterday and today were surprisingly short - only about 9 hours. These short days are a welcome change from most Joseph Hachem, fresh off a big win at the last World Poker Tour event at Bellagio started out strong but was eliminated about halfway through the day. Sitting at a tough table with Canadian Daniel Negreanu and France's Fabrice Soulier, it was the Canuck who would deal the death blow to Hachem. Shortstacked, Joe shoved with A-5 and got a call from Daniel who held Q-T. When all five cards were out Negreanu had made the broadway straight sending the Aussie to the rails.
Daniel was sporting his baseball cap as always but underneath it something was missing. For no particular reason Negreanu recently decided to shave his head, a spectacle he recorded for his own personal video blog. Although he declined the offer of a photograph with his newly shorn scalp exposed, it was nonetheless apparent even under his hat.
This wasn't the only place where some serious poker talent could be found though. David Williams, Humberto Brenes, Isabelle Mercier, Cliff Josephy and Tom McEvoy were all thrown together in a veritable shark-tank of a table. By the end of the day though it would be only Williams and McEvoy who would survive the feeding frenzy.
Although the bulk of the poker action could be found in the main tournament room today, there was another event being held in an adjacent ballroom. The PokerStars.com Moneymaker Millionaire tournament reached the final table this evening with Greg Raymer taking on the role of tournament announcer. They're currently playing down to decide who will get the $820,000 and a brand new Aston Martin DB9 Volante.
Getting back to the main event, it is Chris Lee, an unknown in the poker world, who has earned the title of chip leader going into Day 2. Amassing a stack somewhere in the neighborhood of $180,000, he'll have plenty of ammo to go to war with tomorrow afternoon.
Also making it through the day with healthy chip stacks are Shannon Shorr, Tom McEvoy, Mark Seif, Daniel Negreanu, David Williams and recent WPT Champion Nenad Medic. All of whom will all be looking to move up the ranks during Day 2.
We'll be getting underway again at noon tomorrow so tune in for all the latest developments at the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. From the Bahamas, this is Matt Showell.