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2010 PCA: Day 3, level 17 live updates

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgLive updates from Day 2, level 17 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and Simon Young.

Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day.

Previous coverage: Day 1A wrap | Day 1B wrap | Day 2 wrap | Level 15 | Level 16

Blinds: 3,000-6,000-500

5:01pm: Tag says get out
The sound tournament official Tag's voice telling us to get out of the tournament area means we're on a 15 minute break. Back with live action in a new post shortly.

4.50pm: Gryko versus Kenney
Bryn Kenney and Richard Gryko are at one another's throats, with the British player consistently reraising the American and getting him to lay it down. On one such encounter, Kenney made it 13,500 from late position and Gryko bumped it up to 37,500. Fold. The next hand, Kenney made it 13,500 again, Gryko called and the two of them saw a flop of 6♣5♣8♠. Kenney checked and Gryko bet 21,500, which was good.

4.45pm: Bansi bouncing back
Praz Bansi and Phil Ivey have been duelling all day. There are no doubt a few reasons but when Ivey has the button Bansi has the big blind and rarely gives it up without a fight.

This time the board read: 8♥J♣5♥Q♠4♦ and the spotlight was on Ivey. Bansi had bet 62,000 on the end, with more than 100k in the middle. Ivey was in the tank, trying to ignore the regular command, issued by the dealer, for any spectator passing by not to stand behind him.

Ivey let the call fall into the middle. Bansi immediately flipped over A♠J♠ and Ivey mucked. He's down to 325,000 while Bansi has continued his climb back towards 900,000.

4:40pm: Nasr El Nasr pokes at Yockey's million
Bryce Yockey had made it back up over a million and then saw a flop of K♣9♦4♣ with Nasr El Nasr. They got it in for about 250,000 apiece. Nasr held K♦7♦. Yockey had J♣9♣ for second pair and the flush draw. He missed twice.

"I guess I'm not running that hot," Yockey shrugged.

Nasr is up to more than half a million. Yockey is back down to around 900,000.


4:33pm: Mortensen doubles through Bansi
It's a table that, if it were closer to the rail, would draw just about every looky-loo in the room. Carlos Mortensen, Phil Ivey, and Day 2 chipi leader Praz Bansi are all around the same felt. Moments ago, Bansi came in for a raise, and Mortensen pushed all-in for 105,500 more. Bansi made a quick call to see Mortensen's A♠K♠. Bansi held T♣T♦. Mortensen scored two aces on board and is now back up to stack worth stacking.

Here it is in pictures from the able hand of Joe Giron.



4.30pm: Bentley still on right road
If you'd been looking at chip counts alone, you might think Wayne Bentley has had an easy tournament. But if you watch him play, you'll know it's been anything but. Bentley certainly puts his heart and soul into his decision making - and it certainly seems to be the correct policy. He's been finding the right decision more often than not.

Just recently, there was about 140,000 already in the pot and the board dealt all the way to the river. It showed 6♣4♥J♥3♠A♥ and Peter Feldman bet 75,000 after Bentley checked. Bentley put his head in his hands, then stood up, then sat down, then counted chips: the full gamut of a poker player's decision-making actions. Eventually he matched the bet in a tower of blues and Feldman showed A♦K♠ for the rivered top pair.

Feldman graciously tapped the table when Bentley showed 6♠4♦ for a low two pair. But it was good for the pot and Bentley is still purring with about 400,000.

4:16pm: A bit about Bryce Yockey
We recently mentioned our first million dollar man of the tournament was one Bryce Yockey. He's been running hot today and taking a ton of notes on a lot of his hands. Still in his early 20's, the California native is a graduate of the Univeristy of Loyola Marymount. He cashed big at a six-handed event at the World Series of Poker, his fourth place finish earning him more than $100,000.


4:12pm: Bonomo ready to run deep
Justin Bonomo is edging up on 900,000 chips. He got about 150,000 of them a few minutes ago when his pocket queens held up against Tom Mclaughlin's A♥J♥, all-in pre-flop.

4.10pm: Holger hanging on
Last year's EPT Dortmund runner-up Holger Kanisch just doubled up, shoving for 78,000 with A♥K♠ against K♣Q♣ on a board of J♣8♦2♥K♦J♦. He's up to more than 160,000.

4pm: Belgian's bust details
Matthias De Meulder dropped by to tell of his elimination, and fill in a few more details of the day. He started with 170,000, built it up to 260,000 and then got it sliced right down when he got it all in pre-flop with A-K, ran it into pocket nines, flopped a king but watched in horror as a nine rivered. Then there was the pocket deuces hand, described at 3.50pm below.

3.55pm: Coren Tweets of her demise
Victoria Coren, otherwise known as @victoriacoren, has just tweeted the following: "Out. All in with AQ v AT, he hit the ten. That's quite painful. But I'm proud to cash two years in this event, this time 174th for $15,000."

3.50pm: Catching up
We were out on the floor a long time during the bubble period and are only now catching up with all the content from then. This, for instance, is the moment that Kenny Nguyen's aces held up against Craig Marquis to keep Nguyen in the tournament and see him through the bubble.


Kenny Nguyen

This man below is Robby Westrom, who had only 7,500 chips at the point the bubble burst. That wasn't even enough to last another orbit of blinds and antes, so he breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was the unfortunate John Leathart who was eliminated instead.


Robby Westrom

And this little cartoon tells the story of Dario Minieri's elimination at the hands of Richard Gryko:


An unreadable Richard Gryko


Dario Minieri watches the flop


Minieri and Gryko shake hands


Minieri waits for his prescription, quarter pound of maple-glazed ham, money

3.50pm: De Meulder scullied
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder is out. The Belgian shoved with 2♠2♦ and was called by Chris Ross holding A♦T♠. The board ran: Q♣T♣5♦7♣9♦ sending De Meulder to the rail.

3.45pm: Splashing around in money
Now that we're in the money, players seem a lot happier about busting out (or as happy as you can be after suffering the indignity of the long walk out of the room). We are scheduled to play another four levels tonight, which should eat into this field by a pretty substantial margin.


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