PCA 2014: Jonathan Rivera Padilla, last man standing
It's just been announced that this year's PCA Main Event's registration has closed with 1,031 players. I can officially announce that Jonathan Rivera Padilla was the last man standing. Literally.
Like all the EPTs in Season 10, registration for the PCA was open until the start of play on Day 2. When the cash drawer closed, Padilla was the last man to claim a seat and, hence, was the last man standing...before, of course, he became one of the several hundred sitting.
His latest of late registration wasn't really part of the plan. He got in last night and was playing a side event when he tried to claim his Main Event seat. The cage asked for $10,000.
"That's great," Padilla said. "I have $10,000 here in my pocket." (Even after a decade of doing this job, that phrase still wows me).
But as it turned out, he had only pocketed $4,000 of his roll and had left the rest in a safe. In his room. At the Reef. You can't get much farther away on Paradise Island without going swimming in the sea. He didn't have time to get there and back before the cage closed for the night. Thank goodness for late-reg.
There were 12 total Day 2 registrations this morning, including the likes of Alex Wice, Shaun Deeb, Tobias Reinkemeir, Phillip Gruissem, and Joe Cassidy. Each one of them got the same stack everybody had at the beginning of Day 1: 30,000.
For the uninitiated, all Day 1 players started with 300 big blinds. Nearly half of the field couldn't make that last until Day 2. Meanwhile, Padilla and his fellow Day 2 registrants took their very first hand with 37.5 big blinds. Big disadvantage, right?
Well, not so much.
For the last man to get a seat in this event, Padilla is doing pretty well. At last check, he'd turned his 30,000 into 67,000, good for the rough equivalent of the average stack.
He who hesitates is lost?
Our coverage of the 2014 PCA is comprehensive on PokerStars Blog, and it is simple to follow. The PCA 2014 Main Event page has a box at the top in which you'll find hand-by-hand coverage and chip counts after the action commences at noon. Below that are feature pieces, interviews and analysis updated throughout the day. You can also follow the action on PCA Live.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging