200 PCA: Day one, mark two
Take a wrong turn on Paradise Island and you're likely to run into a fish tank. These aquariums (aquaria?) fill every available space in the walls and rock formations scattered across the resort. In front of them, there is usually a row of sunkissed tourists, pointing and the one with the funny mouth, the boggle eyes, the one swimming sideways, the sharks and the seeming bait.
It might not sound like it has a lot to do with poker, but the view from media row at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is really not at all dissimilar.
There are a few funny mouths, a few boggle eyes and more than a few swimming sideways. There is also a very healthy number of sharks, hoping to find a generous helping of bait. The feeding frenzy just began, when Joe Hachem, 2005 World Series Champion, and member of Team PokerStars Pro, grabbed the mic and uttered the famous "Shuffle up and deal!"
The shoal of poker players shimmied quickly to settle in their seats.
All of this is a roundabout way of saying that Day 1B of the PCA is underway. Yesterday we thinned 556 down to 232. Today we start with a few more -- probably in the neighborhood of 600 -- and in nine hours time we'll be below 300 again and ready for day two.
One player has already departed on the first hand. He had kings, his opponent flopped top set with his queens. It all went in and we're one down. Stay tuned for plenty more to follow.
Currently we're taking a quick tour of the room to spot the notable names and familiar faces. Team PokerStars Pro is well represented: Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Hevad Khan, Noah Boeken, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Tom McEvoy and Vanessa Rousso are all out there in their proud PokerStars livery.
We'll have their chipcounts, as well as those of all the movers and shakers, HERE as the day progresses.
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