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Moneymaker Busts, Oliver Dominates as PCA Final Table Set
Chris Oliver is running away with the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The 21-year-old Floridian online poker pro could do no wrong on Day 5 Thursday as the field was whittled down from 22 to a final table of eight in a little under six hours.
Oliver started the day sucking out to eliminate Grayson Ramage when he flopped a set of eights against his kings.
As a suddenly resurgent 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker went out 11th and last woman standing Ana Marquez busted tenth, eliminating two of the more gripping storylines at the 2011 PCA, Oliver kept his foot on the gas all day, building a huge stack with a series of successful bluffs, well-timed hands and huge suck outs.
Eventually, he flopped trips with 7♠ 6♠ to eliminate Dmitriy Stelmak and his A♠ K♠ ninth, move up and over the 19 million chip mark and take what appears to be an insurmountable lead into Saturday's final table.
While fellow American online player Galen Hall will be the man closest to Oliver when play resumes at 4 p.m. Saturday, his biggest threat may be the players sitting third and fourth in chips respectively.
With an NAPT and WPT final table appearance and more than $1 million in career tournament earnings, Sam Stein has more big-time poker experience than anyone else at the final table, save Mike Sowers, a WPT and two-time WSOP finalist who has more than $1.5 million in career earnings.
Rounding out the final eight are a group of relative unknowns including Romanian Anton Ionel, U.S. online pro Max Weinberg, LAPT final tablist Bolivar Palacios, and French-Canadian Philippe Plouffe.
The 2011 PCA main event drew 1,560 players to the Atlantis Hotel & Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas this week, creating a $15,132,000 prize pool with $2.3 million set aside for first.
Each player in the final eight is guaranteed $202,000 with the top four spots all paying at least $1 million.
PokerListings will have live coverage of the final table beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Here's how the stacks will look when play begins.
1 Chris Oliver 19,670,000
2 Galen Hall 6,430,000
3 Sam Stein 5,855,000
4 Mike Sowers 3,685,000
5 Anton Ionel 3,520,000
6 Max Weinberg 3,350,000
7 Bolivar Palacios 2,445,000
8 Philippe Plouffe 1,555,000