2010 PCA: Level 4 live updates
Live updates from Day 1A, level 4 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and Simon Young.
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4.25pm: And that's that
It's all over for level four. Players take a 15 minute break.
4.20pm: Duthie's chip inflation
Team PokerStars Pro and EPT founder John Duthie has lost a third of his stack and is now down to less than 10,000. As he spotted us counting, he decided a little inflation might make his stack more appetizing.
"Put 10,000 on top," he said. "Actually, put another 30,000 on top. I'd quite like to be on 39,000."
Sorry, John. No can do. But there's plenty of time for him to rebuild without having to make up his chip count.
4.15pm: Papa McEvoy
Q♣J♣5♣3♠ on the board and Tom McEvoy is ready to roll, raising to 6,000 in a flash after a bet of 2,200. Little did he know that his plans were about to be felled by a re-raising to 18,000. McEvoy, who looked more and more like Hemmingway with the beard, was forced to pass.
4:10pm: Who said it?
We just took a walk through the tournament area and heard the following quote.
"My nickname in college was Rambo. You don't know the movies? They were made when you were babies."
The person who said it is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. Do you know which one?
If you're a Twitter user, send us your guess to @PokerStarsBlog. The first person to give the right answer will be mentioned here on the blog and on our Twitter feed.
4pm: Across the universe
Flash forward to the year 2950 (or thereabouts) and there's a fair bet that the Interplanetary Poker Tour will be making its first stop on one of Jupiter's moons. To get the local population in the mood, the local television networks will probably be showing re-runs of this season's PCA. That can be the only explanation for the disclaimer below that appears on the walls outside the tournament area. Image rights are retained across the whole universe. Got that?
3.45pm: Skill of the Irish
One of the heartwarming tales from the current EPT season came in Prague where the Irishman Larry Ryan made the final table. Ryan was only actually playing in Prague because he had won a seat to the PCA and needed some experience of major live tournaments. So he won himself a seat to the Czech capital too, where he proved that experience was overrated. His exploit exploits earned him €135,000.
As touted, Ryan is here in the Caribbean, where he's already faring very well. He up to about 55,000 approaching the midpoint of day 1a. Easy game this.
3.40pm: Rublee Rublee Rublee Rublee
After a few limpers John Rublee raised the pre-flop action on table 31 to 2,300. Everyone passed, including George Danzer, leaving just Rublee in late position and Halil Yavuz on the big blind. The flop came 8♣3♥4♥. Yavuz checked and Rublee made it 3,000 before Yavuz wasted no time in calling. It was the same pattern on the Q♠ turn card. Check, 7,500 from Rublee, call. And again on the river: check, 15,000 from Rublee, call. Rublee then turned over 8♦8♥ while Yavuz, whose face had been hidden behind a hood and dark glasses suddenly removed both, slamming down K♥K♦ before saying that word that can make things uncomfortable in polite company. No such worries here though.
3:35pm: How many people are playing?
We have just been told the final count on the starting field on Day 1A is 668 people. We've also been told to expect a bigger field tomorrow. We don't need to be told...this is probably going to be the biggest PCA ever.
3:30pm: New level
We're up to 150-300 blinds and an hour away from our next break.
Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater