PCA 2014: Max Silver going for gold
Prominent UK pro Max Silver returns to the 2014 edition of the PCA in very good form. Seated in seat one on a strong table 30, to the immediate left of not only the dealer, but Team PokerStars Pros Lex Veldhuis and Johnny Lodden, Silver was making the most of his 'left of the aggressor' position early. He got off to a flying start with a sizeable pot from Veldhuis - since eliminated - to chip up to more than 40,000 from his 30,000 starting stack after the first level.
Silver later took a hit in level 2 but rallied strongly in the lead up to the second break to rocket up to 70,000, a lot of which was built up in the space of three hands...
The action was caught late on a board of T♦T♣3♣K♠, with Silver on the button.
With blinds at 100/200 (25 ante) Jerry Wong led out for 700, around half pot. Silver raised to 2,100 and was quickly called.
The river was the 9♦. Wong slowed down and checked. Silver bet 4,200.
Again, the call was quick - and mucked just as quickly as Max turned up ten-jack for trips.
Just two hands later and there was more action from Silver's table, only this time from behind. Silver showed down a winning set of eights on a board that ran out: [t][j]. His opponent looked sick in flipping over a flopped top-two with jack-ten.
This time last year, Silver walked away from Paradise Island with cashes in both the Main Event and High Roller, but will be looking to go much deeper early in this New Year, perhaps buoyed by his final table finish at EPT Prague. That took him to over a million in live tournament winnings.
Silver was certainly among the standout talents of that EPT Prague Main Event, alongside GPI player of the Year Ole Schemion and prolific UK pro Stephen Chidwick.
Silver arrived at the final table second in chips to eventual winner, the live tournament debutante Julian Track, but things didn't got his way and he bowed out in 6th place. He did get to scalp Daniel Negreanu though.
One play to look out for with Silver is the 'classic me' as referenced by himself in Prague when getting a little out of line on but one occasion.
Whether it is a loose call or light shove, you can be guaranteed it will be done with a decent stack behind him. It's tough to win a tournament without getting chips and Silver has proven himself an expert in accumulating chips early, which no doubt explains why he's clocked up to two wins and two runner-up finishes in big UKIPT events.
Nearby on the PCA Main Event feature table three PokerStars pros are going up against one another with Ike Haxton, Jake Cody and Liv Boeree mixing it up. It's still early.
Heath Cram is (very ably) assisting the PokerStars Blog during a PCA working holiday.