Mysterious Russian on Top After Day 1a at PCA

2011 PCA Day 1a field

Russian Alexey Repik has jumped out to the chip lead after Day 1a at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas today.

With just one known live cash on his record, a sixth in last year's EPT Grand Final High Roller event, not too much is known about the Russian businessman other than it seems like he has deep pockets and enjoys long dinners.

Repik played and busted the $100k High Roller event here on Thursday and raced out to a huge chip stack - around 150k - before the dinner break today.

He then proceeded to take a three-hour break before returning to the felt.

Whatever he did seemed to work for him however as he quickly built his stack up to 250k before falling back a bit and bagging up 220k to end the day as chip leader.

A total of 418 runners bought in for Day 1a and around 200 of them managed to survive for Day 2 on Monday.

Among the more notable names to make it included one of our picks as a "Player to Watch for 2012," Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann, who bagged up 166,000 to finish the day fifth in chips.

Also making the cut with a healthy stack were Faraz Jaka (129,500), Adam "Roothlus" Levy (112,100), Victor Ramdin (111,000), JC Alvarado (107,200) and Jude Ainsworth (103,300).

Notable bustouts today included Shaun Deeb, Justin Smith, Tristan Wade, Matt Stout, Chris Moneymaker, Chris Moorman, Johnny Lodden and Isaac Haxton.

Organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout for Day 1b tomorrow.

Catch all the action live starting at noon (EST) with the PokerStars team on the PStars blog.

For a recap of Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's win in the $100k High Roller, click here.

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