PokerStars Championship Bahamas: High-stakes poker in Paradise as $25K High Roller kicks off

It's been a beautiful week here on Paradise Island, with blue skies and warm temps outside, and nonstop poker indoors in the Atlantis as the first ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas series has been playing out.

Today arrives the start of the last big high roller event on the schedule, the prestigious $25K High Roller that routinely attracts poker's best and brightest.


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Welcome back to Paradise Island

The headlines from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event the last two days have been highlighting Nick Maimone who ended both Tuesday and Wednesday nights as the chip leader. He has a healthy advantage over the chase pack to start play today, and so will be a little too preoccupied to try to defend the title he won in this very event a year ago. 

It also happens to be Maimone's birthday today, a day he spent last year winning his $25K High Roller seat in a satellite. 

Maimone topped a tough field of 225 entrants a year ago, including a challenging final table full of stars -- Ben Heath (who took eighth), Chance Kornuth (seventh), Andrey Zaichenko (sixth), Brian Yoon (fifth), Josh Beckley (fourth), Dario Sammartino (third), and Sean Winter (second).

Winter and Maimone struck a heads-up deal, after which Maimone ended up carrying away a $996,480 first prize for the win. 


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Nick Maimone, 2016 PCA $25K High Roller champion

So far this festival we've seen Brian Koon capture a $100,000 Super High Roller trophy, earning $1,650,300 for doing so. 

Bryn Kenney then won the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller, good for a $969,075 payday, then followed that up by also winning another $25,500 No-Limit Hold'em "shot clockament" yesterday for an additional $392,876.

Meanwhile Isaac Haxton has taken down a $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, and Dario Sammartino won a $10,000 NL Hyper-Turbo.

While Maimone continues over in the Main, most if not all of the others mentioned above are sure to be part of the field for today's marquee high roller along with the other usual suspects. 

We're hearing some of our celebrity participants who have been spotted playing poker in Paradise this week maybe, possibly, just might be part of the field as well -- namely Kevin Hart and Aaron Paul -- so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled and let you know who shows and how things proceed in this one.


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We expect to see more of these in the $25K field...

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...than these

The schedule calls for today's Day 1 to play through 10 one-hour levels. Late registration remains open through the start of tomorrow's Day 2, and as it's a single re-entry event players who bust today can also re-enter anytime today (or at the start of play on Friday).
 
We'll be touching base throughout the day and provide a full recap later tonight. Meanwhile be sure to keep following the Main Event live updates to see how Maimone is faring in his quest for another big bit of hardware from the Bahamas.


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We'll watch to see who slides into the $25K

For live updates from the $25K High Roller, visit PokerNews.

Take a look at the official website of PokerStars LIVE, with tournament schedule, news, results and accommodation details for the PokerStars Championship Bahamas and all other Festival and Championship events.

Also all the information is on the PokerStars LIVE App, which is available on both Android or IOS.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in Bahamas