In the end a total of 1,031 players registered for the 2014 PCA, which is up slightly from the 2013 PCA, with 151 places paying out.
It’s a significant increase considering the so-called Polar Vortex affecting much of the Midwest and East coast disrupted numerous flights to the Bahamas this year.
Everyone who makes the final table will have locked up at least $173,000.
Negreanu, Moneymaker, Riess Bust on PCA Day 2
A number of big names hit the rail including Player of the Decade Daniel Negreanu, poker boom generator Chris Moneymaker and recent world champion Ryan Riess.
Some of the other players to exit the tournament included Jennifer Tilly, Isaac Haxton, Aaron Jones, Dan O’Brien Justin Bonomo, Robert Mizrachi, Jake Cody, Dominik Nitsche, Philipp Gruissem and Mohsin Charania.
One Tree Hill actor Paul Johansson was also relegated to the rail. He won his way into the tournament in charity tournament hosted by the late James Gandolfini.
While some stars fell others burned brighter than ever.
Pascal Lefrancois looks to have grabbed the chip lead with over 400,000 chips. John Dibella, who won the 2012 PCA, looks to be in the top 30 with nearly 300,000 chips.
Elite poker players Max Silver, Mike McDonald, Dan Smith, Greg Merson and Keven Stammen ferociously attacked the chip leaderboard and finished in the upper portion of the counts. A total of 215 players remain in the contest.
Here are the top 10 chip counts at the end of play:
- Pascal Lafrancois - 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
The 2014 PCA resumes with Day 3 at 12 p.m. local time tomorrow. Tune in for the feature table live stream right here.