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Takechip Takes Command at PCA Main Event
Just 64 players remain in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event and Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil has seized the chip lead as they head into Day 4.
The brash young French-Canadian, who has towered over the mid/high-stakes games online the last few years, came into the day with 412k in chips but bagged up 1.47 million by the end, good for top spot.
Day 2 chip leader Faraz Jaka had a slightly less impressive day than yesterday but still held steady, never dropping out of the top 5 and bumping his chip stack up to 1.2 million to sit third.
Sandwiched in between the two in second is Sam Greenwood, who stacked up 1.41 million in chips to end the day.
In the Hunt
As expected, several notable names are still in the hunt including Alex “assassinato” Fitzgerald (1.1 million), Luca Pagano (863,000), David Peters (857,000), last woman standing Xuan Liu (680,000), Eddy Sabat (594,00) and poker "old timers" Bill Chen (668,000) and Barry Greenstein (379,000).
Still in but on the shorter side of the average stack are Erik Cajelais (333,000), William Reynolds (269,000), reigning champ Galen Hall (168,000), Chris Klodnicki (157,000), Arnaud Mattern (155,000), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (122,000).
Also notably still alive is pro golfer Sergio Garcia, who survived some swings today to make it to Day 4 with 235,000.
The remaining 64 players are all guaranteed at least $32,500 apiece.
Big Name Bustouts
Also as expected, big names went flying out the door as they played down from 184 to the final 64.
Heading home early without a cash, which began at 160 players, were JC Alvarado, Nicolas Chouity and PokerStars pro Pat Pezzin.
Hanging on long enough for a cash were Shane Schleger, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Liv Boeree, Shawn Buchanan, Randy “nanonoko” Lew, Harrison Gimbel, Andrew Lichtenberger, Carlos Mortenson and 2011 November Niner Phil Collins.
The final 64 will return tomorrow to play down to the final 24. Catch all the live updates starting at noon in the PokerStars blog.
The top 10 in chips heading into Day 4:
1. Phil D'Auteuil 1,472,000
2. Sam Greenwood 1,401,000
3. Faraz Jaka 1,220,000
4. Alex Fitzgerald 1,154,000
5. Anthony Gregg 1,129,000
6. Kyle Julius 1,019,000
7. Peter Dräxl 951,000
8. David Bernstein 876,000
9. Luca Pagano 863,000
10. David Peters 857,000