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Jaka Crushes Day 2 at PCA Main Event
Right now at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, there’s Faraz Jaka and then there’s everybody else.
The man known as “The-Toilet” online literally destroyed any and all poker players in his vicinity on Day 2 today in the Bahamas to stack up a massive 902,500 in chips when play came to a close.
Peaking at around 1.2 million, Jaka fell back a bit at the end of the last level but still has almost twice as much as his nearest competitor, Cristian Folescu with 555,500, heading into Day 3.
Starting Day 2 with just under 130,000 in chips, Jaka had a day most players only dream of and will be looking to add the $2 million first-place prize at the PCA to his over $4.7 million in career tournament earnings live and online.
Joining Jaka tomorrow will be 188 players who also made it through the trials of Day 2.
With the money not starting until 160 players, however, another 28 will still leave Atlantis with nothing to show for their efforts.
Remaining Field Packed with Big Names
In the top 10 in chips are tourney vet Erik Cajelais (528,500) online poker star Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil (412,500) and PokerStars pros Arnaud Mattern (340,500) and Luca Pagano (280,000).
Also still in the hunt and well stacked are former PCA champ Harrison Gimbel (259,500), 2012 Player to Watch Marcel Bjerkmann (250,000), reigning PCA champ Galen Hall (192,500), 2011 November Niner Phil Collins (190,000), Adam “Roothlus” Levy (175,000) and David “Raptor” Benefield (165,500).
Similarly almost all of the 188 still in contention are huge names including Randy Lew, Andrew Lichtenberger, Barry Greenstein, Shawn Buchanan, Liv Boeree, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dario Minieri and Carlos Mortenson.
Another huge name also surprisingly still in contention?
PGA superstar Sergio Garcia, who may or may not actually be good at poker but has 104,500 chips regardless and will return with the poker heavyweights for Day 3.
Notable bustees today included Christian Harder, Kevin MacPhee, Lex Veldhuis, Boris Becker, Russell Carson, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst and Chino Rheem, who had the unfortunate honor of being moved to Faraz Jaka’s right and ran out of chips just two rounds later.
The remaining players will reassemble at the Atlantis Resort starting again at noon tomorrow to play down towards the final table.
Catch up with all of the action live in the PokerStars blog.