PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Main Event Final Table Updates

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9:08pm: Christian Harder wins first PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Once the deal was reached, we figured it wouldn't take long to get to a winner, and that winner is Christian Harder.

Harder and Josephy got it all-in pre-flop with Harder holding A♦J♠ and Josephy holding A♠8♥. The board ran out 9♠4♠5♣K♠9♣.

Josephy's deal got him $403,445 for second place. Harder earned $429,664.

We'll have a full wrap-up of the day in just a moment, but for now, congratulations to champion Christian Harder. -BW

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Christian Harder

9:32pm: In crucial hand, Harder extends his heads up lead
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Harder raised to 380,000 with 7♠5♣ getting a call from Joseph with 9♠6♥. They saw a flop. 3♣5♦7♦.

It was a good one for Harder who bet 340,000. Josephy check-raises to 1.6 million, with 5.7 million behind.

Harder now made things difficult for Josephy, moving all-in and making it difficult for Josephy to call. Indeed he passed, leaving himself someway behind Harder. who now has 15,545,000 to Josephy's 5,760,000. -- SB

9:15pm: Deal reached
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

"The terms of the deal were very friendly," said one tournament official.

And so they were. After a brief discussion, Christian Harder and Cliff Josephy have decided to this deal on the prize money:

Harder: $419,664
Josephy: $403,445

That left $10,000 and the championship trophy on the table to play for. -BW


9:08pm: Players talking deal
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Christian Harder and Cliff Josephy are currently discussing a deal before the beginning of heads-up play. --BW

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9:08pm: Current standings
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA12,130,000
Cliff JosephyUSA9,175,000

8:59pm: Michael Vela goes bust in third place
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Christian Harder opened the pot for 350,000, and Cliff Josephy called from the small blind with K♦J♥. That's when Michael Vela moved all in for 1,485,000 from the big blind. Vela held A♥6♥. Harder called almost immediately, but Josephy went in the tank. After a few minutes, Josephy called.

The cards stayed face-down while Harder and Josephy headed to the flop on their own. They checked down a board that eventually read 6♦7♦8♦3♥4♦, giving Josephy the diamond flush and eliminating Vela from the tournament.

Vela, a colorful and talkative cancer survivor who is less than a year from being declared cancer-free, earned $259,980 for third place.

"It's going to get real boring around here now," Josephy said. --BW

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Michael Vela

8:48pm: Current standings
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA14,100,000
Cliff JosephyUSA5,680,000
Michael VelaUSA1,525,000

8:40pm: Harder takes on Vela
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

Christian Harder opened to 350,000 for A♥Q♥. Vela called with K♦6♠ for a flop of J♣J♦4♠. After Vela checked Harder's bet of 350,000 was called for the 3♦ turn card. That was checked, bringing the Q♦ river card. Vela checked again, and when Harder bet on the river Vela had to fold. -- SB

8:25pm: Play continues
Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000)

We're playing again after the dinner break, and into level 30.

7:25pm: Dinner break

The final three players are now headed out for an hour-long dinner break. We're headed out with them. Be back around 8:25pm. --BW

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA13,240,000
Cliff JosephyUSA5,710,000
Michael VelaUSA2,355,000

7pm: Aleksai Opalikhin eliminated in fourth place, collecting $191,420
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 15,000)

Opalikhin shoved for 295,000 with T♣9♦ behind an opening bet from Michael Vela, who had K♠K♣. Vela called and the pair waited for the board that came A♦A♣A♥T♥9♣. Opalikhin departs the Main Event in fourth place. Vela up to 4,325,000. -- SB


Aleksei_Opalikhin_PCB2017_MEFT_14JAN17_v2Fourth place finisher: Aleksai Opalikhin

6:55pm: Aleksei Opalikhin crushed by JohnnyBax
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Aleksei Opalikhin came in for a raise to 260,000 with K♠Q♠ only to see Cliff Josephy shove all-in with 9♦9♣ for 1,975,000. Opalikhin thought about it for a few minutes before announcing, "I call." The cards went on their backs, the board ran out 6♠7♦3♣T♣2♦, and Opalikhin was left with only a few blinds. Meanwhile, Josephy was up to 4.2 million. --BW

6:50pm: Vela rebuilding
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 15,000)

Michael Vela opened to 275,000 with Q♦T♣ from under the gun. Aleksai Opalikhin was in the small blind with A♠T♠ and three bet to 600,000. Vela called for a 2♦7♦2♠ flop. Opalikhin was first to act and bet 460,000. Vela took a swig of water, grabbed some green chips (he had 2 million behind) and called.

The turn card came Q♣ to put Vela in front. Opalikhin took his time, eventually checking. Vela moved all-in and got a speedy fold from the Russian. Vela up to 3,890,000.-- SB

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA11,850,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia4,000,000
Michael VelaUSA3,505,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,805,000

6:35pm: Gentili crippled with deuces, out on next hand
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Play folded around to Aleksei Opalikhin, and he thought for an inordinate amount of time before raising to 250,000 with pocket aces. Cliff Josephy folded the small blind, but Michael Gentili shoved all-in with deuces. He got snap-called, the board ran clean, and Gentili was reduced to fumes. On the very next hand, Gentili got his last few chips in against Cliff Josephy. Josephy held K♠T♠ to Gentili's 9♠7♣. The board ran out 7♠K♥6♥J♠K♣, and Gentili was out in fifth place for $140,940. -BW


Michael_Gentili_PCB2017_MEDFT_14JAN17Michael Gentili: out in fifth

6:25pm: 100 hands, still the same
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

When the first player busted from this field, it was hand number seven. We just passed hand 107, marking 100 hands since the last bust-out. --BW

6:10pm: Latest chip counts
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA11,530,000
Michael VelaUSA3,965,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia2,240,000
Michael GentiliCanada1,825,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,745,000

6:05pm: Josephy shoving small
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

Give it to Cliff Josephy, he's not going to let people play weak-cheese poker. When Christian Harder limped the button with T♥7♥ and Aleksei Opalikhin completed the small blind with 8♥4♠, Josephy simply shoved from the big blind with nothing more than 3♥4♥. It worked, of course, and Josephy picked up the pot.--BW


NEIL4573_Cliff_Josephy_PCB2017_Neil Stoddart.jpgCliff Josephy

5:50pm: Play restarts
Level 29 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000)

A new level but the same players. Play has restarted with Gentili winning a pot pre-flop by raising with pocket kings. -- SB

5:29pm: It's Harder's game at break

It's time for another break, and Christian Harder has nearly half the chips in play.

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5:29pm: Josephy shoves
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Opalikhin looked down at his cards, saw 6♥6♣, and then raised to 300,000 from the small blind. Josephy was in the big blind, looked down, and found an A♣ (his other card, for now, remained a mystery). He moved all-in for 2.5 million. Opalikhin folded. -- SB

5:24pm: Harder passes 10 million mark
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Cliff Josephy raised to 240,000 from the cutoff with A♦J♣. Christian Harder called from the big blind with K♥T♣. They saw a flop of 6♠3♠9♥. Both players checked. The turn came 7♥. Harder bet 350,000 and Josephy let it go. -- SB

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA10,110,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia3,915,000
Cliff JosephyUSA2,545,000
Michael GentiliCanada2,415,000
Michael VelaUSA2,320,000

5:12pm: Current standings
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA9,555,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia3,550,000
Michael GentiliCanada3,125,000
Cliff JosephyUSA2,745,000
Michael VelaUSA2,330,000

5:10pm: Vela and Josephy exchange fire on the flop
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

On a flop of 9♦J♥9♠ Vela bet 475,000 with 7♥4♥ before Cliff Josephy, holding A♣3♦ won the hand by raising to 850,000. He's now climbed up to 2,745,000 while Vela is the short stack once more with 2,330,000. -- SB

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA9,365,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia3,760,000
Michael GentiliCanada3,540,000
Michael VelaUSA2,700,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,940,000


4:54pm: A pre flop head scratcher
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Christian Harder opened from the button, and Opalikhin three bet to 510,000 with 5♠5♥ from the small blind. Harder had opened with T♣9♦ and had a decision. Harder decided to four bet to 985,000 in reply, and suddenly it was Opalikhin (with 3.7 behind to Harder's 6.8 million) rubbing his chin and thinking. Some time passed before he folded. Harder increases his stack by another 650,000. -- SB

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Aleksei Opalikhin

4:49pm: Could have been worse
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

A flop of 2♣3♦5♣ was checked between Vela with 3♣3♠ and Harder with K♣2♠. A 5♦ landed on the turn, and Harder bet 100,000. Vela called. The 2♥ landed on the river which spelled trouble for Harder. He bet 350,000 which Vela called, winning the hand. -- SB

4:39pm: Current standings
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA8,250,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia4,660,000
Michael GentiliCanada4,445,000
Cliff JosephyUSA2,140,000
Michael VelaUSA1,810,000

4:39pm: Good flop for Gentili
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Vela opened for 250,000 with A♥8♥. The action reached Gentili in the big blind with [jx][9x] who called for a J♦J♣9♣ flop. Gentili, sitting with a full house, checked, and Vela bet 400,000. Gentili called for the 2♦ turn. That was checked for the K♣ river, which was also checked. Gentili showed his hand and looked over at Vela to see if it was good. Not surprisingly, it was. Gentili is up to 4,445,000. Vela is down to 1.8 million. -- SB

4:35pm: Four to a flop, Vela shoves
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Gentili raised to 225,000 with K♠8♠ which was called by Vela with J♠T♦, Opalikhin with A♥3♥ and Josephy with 5♦5♣.

They saw a flop of 7♣J♥6♣. Action was checked through to Vela who announced he was all in for 1.5 million. He got not takers and moved up to 2.4 million chips. -- SB

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Michael Vela

4:30pm: Vela all-in
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Josephy opened for A♠8♠ before Michael Vela moved all in for 1.4 million with 9♦9♦. Josephy had 2.45 million behind and looked long and hard at Vela before folding. -- SB

4:24pm: Look, look again, muck
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Opalikhin opened from the button with A♥8♦ making it 235,000 to play. Michael Gentili, armed with A♣7♣ called from the big blind to see a flop of T♠3♣6♦.

That was checked for the 9♥ on the turn. That was also checked for the 8♣ river card. At this point Gentili, who had rivered a straight, went to his stack and bet 305,000. Opalikhin called, looked, checked his cards again, and mucked. -- SB

4:15pm: Gentili recovering lost ground
Level 28 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)

Gentili raised with queens, Opalikhin called with K♣J♦, and Harder did the same with 8♠8♦

On the Q♥7♥J♣ flop Harder checked, as did Opalikhin before Gentili, who had made a set, bet 250,000. Harder folded while Opalikhin called for the 4♦ turn.

Opalikhin checked to Gentili who bet again, 575,000 this time. Opalikhin was in no rush to act but eventually folded. He's on 3.4 million.-- SB

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Michael Gentili

3:40pm: Break time

It's break time again. Back in 20.

3:37pm: Josephy wins with sevens
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Cliff Josephy found 7♦7♣ in the cut off and bet. Christian Harder called with Q♣T♣ for a flop of 5♥6♠5♦. Josephy's bet was enough to win the pot. -- SB

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3:35pm: Opalikhin three bet
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Christian Harder found Q♦T♥ this time and opened for 190,000. Opalikhin had A♦J♥ and came in with the three bet to 445,000. Harder passed. -- SB

3:27pm: Who can stop Harder?
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA8,965,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia5,490,000
Michael GentiliCanada2,870,000
Cliff JosephyUSA2,615,000
Michael VelaUSA1,365,000

3:27pm: Harder keeps the lead
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Christian Harder has now extended his lead and now has 9,165,000. -- SB

3:23pm: Harder with jacks
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Christian Harder was on the button with pocket jacks and raised to 175,000. Opalikhin had A♠5♣ in the small blind and called. The flop came 3♦J♦5♠. Opalikhin checked to Harder, who checked his set.

The turn came K♣. Opalikhin checked. Harder, staring at the board, bet 350,000. Opalikhin gripped the bridge of his nose, then passed. -- SB

3:18pm: Harder three bets from the blinds
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Christian Harder three bet to 565,000 with A♥K♥. Michael Vela had opened in the small blind with Q♠3♠ and was having doubts. Vela asked Harder what he wanted him to do but Harder kept quiet. Vela folded. -- SB

3:14pm: All in from the blinds
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Michael Gentili moved all -in with A♦T♦ in the small blind. The big blind Michael Vela had an ace, but not a good one, and mucked. -- SB

3:13pm: Another pot for Josephy
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

With A♦7♥ in the small blind Cliff Josephy opened getting a call from Gentili with Q♠J♦. The flop came 9♠4♥A♣ which was checked for the 8♠ turn. Josephy bet another 140,000 and got the call for the A♥ river.

Josephy bet small with 80,000, which was still too much for Gentili, who passed. -- SB

3:08pm: Josephy all in
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Vela raised with J♥7♥ to 180,000 from the cut off. Opalikhin called from the small blind with 3♦3♥ before Josephy in the big blind with A♠J♦ moved all in for 2.1 million. The action back on Vela who eventually folded leaving Opalikhin with the decision (and 5.6 million behind). He folded. -- SB

3:03pm: Vela slipping, Harder dominating
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Here's where things stand now and Christian Harder continues his dominance and Michael Vela slips farther down the board.

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA7,990,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia5,785,000
Michael GentiliCanada3,355,000
Cliff JosephyUSA2,155,000
Michael VelaUSA2,020,000

3:03pm: Second thoughts
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Michael Vela opened to 215,000 with 4♥3♣ from the small blind. Christian Harder, with 8♦2♦ three bet in the big blind, another 255,000, which was enough to convince Vela to fold. -- SB

2:52pm: Josephy up a million
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Opalikhin, with 7♦[X] opened for 190,000 with the action folded to him in th small blind. Cliff Josephy was in the big with Q♥T♣ and called.

The flop came 2♦9♥6♥. First to act was Opalikhin who, with hand over mouth, bet 155,000. Josephy put some chips together to make the call.

The turn came T♦. Opalikhin checked. Josephy bet 220,000 in response. That was enough to win the hand, taking his stack up to 2,235,000, up nearly a million on the start of the day). -- SB

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Cliff Josephy

2:35pm: Latest chip counts
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA7,625,000
Michael GentiliCanada3,580,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia6,355,000
Michael VelaUSA2,650,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,095,000

2:32pm: Pot to Opalikhin
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Opalikhin opened to 150,000 with A♦T♦ which was called by Gentili with K♣Q♣. the flop was checked ahead of the 9♠ river. Gentili checked and Opalikhin bet 200,000. Gentili called for the 8♦ on the turn and then checked it. Opalikhin bet 430,000, and when Gentili called the Russian took the pot. -- SB


Aleksei_Opalikhin_PCB2017_MEFT_14JAN17Aleksei Opalikhin

2:25pm: Getting easy for Harder
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Michael Gentili opened to 175,000 with A♦Q♥. Christian Harder was in the small blind with K♠T♠. He raised to 550,000. Gentili, knuckles resting on the table, waited, then called.


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The flop came T♥2♦3♥. Harder bet another 425,000. Gentili called for the 8♦ on the turn. Both checked that, and the 3♠ river card.

Harder showed his hand and took the pot worth 2 million. He moves up to 7.6 million. -- SB

2:20pm: Vela gets sneaky, doesn't get paid much
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

Give it to Michael Vela. He's not afraid to get sneaky. When play folded to him in the small blind, he only completed with pocket queens. Christian Harder had pocket threes in the big blind but didn't fall for the trap.

On the 9♠2♣5♦ flop, Vela quickly bet 100,000. Harder came along for the turn, the Q♦. Vela almost immediately bet 200,000. This time, however, Harder decided to waste no more and got out of the way.--BW

2:11pm: And we're back
Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000)

The remaining five players are back after a 20-minute break. --BW

1:52pm: First break

Players are taking their first break of the day. Play resumes in 20 minutes. In the meantime here's how things stand.

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA6,330,000
Michael GentiliCanada6,085,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia5,340,000
Michael VelaUSA2,135,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,415,000

1:50pm: Opalikhin stretches out a bluff
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Aleksei Opalikhin spent the break going through some exercises: shadow boxing, stretching, squatting. We didn't know why at the time, but now we do: he put in a gutsy bluff on the last hand before the first pause.

After Michael Gentili opened to 130,000 from the cutoff with A♣T♠, Opalikhin three-bet from the big blind, making it 300,000 to play. He had 8♠6♦, so not very much at all. Gentili called the three-bet, taking them to a flop of K♦7♦K♠ and Opalikhin knew he had to continue. He was in it, and he had to carry on.

He bet 460,000 and Gentili quickly folded. We'll have chip counts from the break any minute. -- HS

1:45pm: What did Vela have?
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Michael Vela came in for a raise to 140,000 with 9♥ and...what? Even the stream didn't pick up the second card in his hand. He got a call from Christian Harder who had 7♠7♦ and Cliff Josephy with A♠4♠.


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On the T♣3♥6♥ flop, Vela came out for 210,000. Harder stuck with him, but Josephy folded.

On the A♥ turn, Vela and Harder checked through.

When the 5♣ came out on the river, Vela put 300,000 into a 920,000 pot. It was impossible to say what Vela had. Harder couldn't figure it out either and eventually mucked his hand. ---BW

1:35pm: Latest counts
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Christian HarderUSA7,270,000
Michael GentiliCanada6,175,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia4,590,000
Michael VelaUSA1,755,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,380,000

1:32pm: Rasmus Glæsel busts sixth for $103,780.
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

It was a hand that played itself and ended Rasmus Glæsel's Main Event. Christian Harder had A♥K♣ under the gun. He opened and Glæsel shoved all-in with T♥T♣.


Rasmus_Glæsel_Rail_PCB2017_MEFT_14JAN17The Rasmus Glæsel rail waits

The board ran out 3♠8♦6♥6♣6♠. With that, Glæsel was gone and Harder stacked up the chip lead: 7.2 million.--BW


Michael_Vela_Rasmus_Glæsel_PCB2017_MEFT14JAN17Rasmus Glæsel gets a hug from Michael Vela

1:30pm: Josephy shove gets through
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

On the sixth hand into the final table, Christian Harder came in for a raise to A♥6♠. Cliff Josephy had 1.12 million in front of him and shoved all-in with pocket eights. Harder got out of the way and Josephy stacked the pot.--BW

1:25pm: Rasmus strikes, but Opalikhin strikes back
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Rasmus Glæsel just found himself the meat in an ugly sandwich. Christian Harder came in for a button raise to 135,000 with T♠7♦. Glæsel felt completely fine three-betting to 325,000 out of the small blind with his A♦9♣. The problem? Aleksei Opalikhin had A♣Q♦ in the big blind and put out a bet of 700,000. Harder went away easily, but it took Glæsel longer to give it up. Nevertheless he did, and that pot went to Opalikhin.--BW

1:20pm: Current chip counts
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

NameCountryChips
Michael GentiliCanada6,175,000
Christian HarderUSA5,985,000
Aleksei OpalikhinRussia4,590,000
Michael VelaUSA1,755,000
Cliff JosephyUSA1,240,000
Rasmus GlæselDenmark1,160,000

1:10pm: Like that first hand, Rasmus?
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

On the very first hand of play today, Rasmus Glæsel opened with 9♠9♥ and got a call from Aleksei Opalikhin who held A♦5♦. The prettiest thing in the world happened for Glæsel. The dealer put out a 7♠Q♣9♣ flop. Glæsel continued for 150,000, and Opalikhin couldn't find a good reason to stick around. Nevertheless, first blood to Glæsel. --BW

12:55pm: Iiiiiiiiiiiit's time...
Level 26 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000)

Are you ready to crown the first PokerStars Bahamas Champion. Now's the time to do it. The players are sitting down and readying themselves for action. Stay tuned. --BW


Final_Six_PCB2017_MEFT_14JAN17The finalists take to the stage

11:50am: Final table starts soon

We're in place for the final table of the first ever PokerStars Championship event, at the Atlantic Resort in the Bahamas. The final six players are currently having their photos taken and working through some pre-match interviews before taking their seats. They do that at noon local time, but our coverage begins an hour later when the live stream starts on PokerStars.tv.


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You can watch that alongside reading our live updates through to a winner, with all the accompanying information you might need -- chip counts, payouts, and player profiles available at the links at the top of this page. There's a little bit of poker history being made, so stick around. -- SB



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