PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Fast starts for Khoroshenin, Grospellier in $25K High Roller
It's the first part of the first day of what will be a three-day event, so no one is winning anything for a while. Even so, we can pass along some ideas about who is starting well, who isn't, and a little about those in between in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25K High Roller.
Through the first half-dozen levels Oleksii Khoroshenin established himself as an early frontrunner, nearly tripling his stack before the sun started to sink.
The Ukrainian already has three cashes at this year's PokerStars Championship, all final tables including a fourth in the $25K Single-Day High Roller "Shot Clockament" yesterday, a second in a $5K Hyper Turbo Survivor event, and a victory in a $3K Turbo "Win the Button" tournament.
Rocco Palumbo, Dan Colman, Pierre Neuville, and Stephen Chidwick were all drafting not too far behind Khoroshenin during the first half of the day to earn spots near the top of the leaderboard.
So, too, was Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier who more than doubled the starting stack early on, and continued to maintain big chips thereafter.
Grospellier is looking to reprise one of his earliest and still biggest tournament cashes in his career earned right here on Paradise Island when he took down the 2008 PokerStars Caribeean Adventure for a cool $2 million.
Speaking of the red spade brigade, a half-dozen other Team Pros were spotted in the field early on today. Daniel Negreanu was sitting above the average at last check. Andre Akkari, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, and Jack Cody were all in the middle of the pack.
Meanwhile Felipe Ramos is already on the rail and won't be reentering.
Ramos's elimination came after a couple of hard-luck hands, the first against the Peruvian Francisco Candamo in which Ramos's pocket queens got outdrawn by the Candamo's ace-jack, the latter making two pair on the river and getting value from the Brazilian.
Down to half his stack, Ramos picked up aces and went up against Timothy Adams's pocket jacks, but a jack came on fifth street to felt Felipe.
Ben Tollerene, Jonathan Jaffe, and Pablo Fernandez were among the day's first reenterers -- a word that's as much fun to say as it is to type -- and there will certainly be more to join the more than 110 entries heading into Level 7.
Meanwhile both of the Greenwoods are playing, Luc and Sam.
We're also curious to see how well Bryn Kenney does, having already won two high rollers this week including the big $50,000 Single-Day while also final-tabling the $100,000 Super High Roller to kick off the series.
Be a reenterer yourself and reenter the PokerStars Blog later on to see how things are shaping up.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.