Faraz Jaka leads PCA Main Event entering Day 3

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 10, 2012 Posted in EPT News, Tournament News | No Comments »

Throughout Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Faraz “The Toilet” Jaka seemingly could not lose a hand, at one point holding over 1 million chips, more than double his nearest opponent. While the bout of Jerry Yang run-good didn’t last the entire day, it still put Jaka at the top of the leader-board heading into Day 3, with his 902,500 chips well ahead of the #2 man on the chip-counts Cristian Folescu and his 555,500 chips.

On Day 2 the field went from 554 players at the start of the day to just 183 players by the end of the night’s action. With just 23 spots to go before the money-bubble is burst it shouldn’t take too long on Tuesday to see which players will go home empty-handed and which players will win at least $15,000 in prize-money.

In addition to Jaka a number of other big name players also managed to survive Day 2’s action. Canadian poker pro and former MMA fighter Eric Cajelais finished with the third highest chip-count at the end of Day 2, with Arnaud Mattern, Andrew Badecker, Leo Fernandez, Luca Pagano, 2010 PCA Champion Harrison Gimbel, Joao Nunes, Tommy Vedes, Byron Kaverman, 2011 PCA Champion Galen Hall, William Reynolds, Casey Kastle, 2011 WSOP November Niner Phil Collins, David Benefield, Barry Shulman, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Randy “nanonoko” Lew, Carlos Mortensen, Shane Schleger, Shawn Buchanan, Gualter Salles, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger, Leif Force, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, PGA golfer Sergio Garcia, Barry Greenstein, Noah Boeken, Liv Boeree, Juan Manuel Pastor, Pat Pezzin, Bill Chen, David Peters, Chris Klodnicki, and JC Alvarado all still in the hunt.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts entering Day 3 of the tournament:

1. Faraz Jaka – 902,500

2. Cristian Folescu – 555,500

3. Erik Cajelais – 528,000

4. Connor Drinan – 436,000

5. Alex Kuzmin – 425,500

6. Jens Patzner – 423,000

7. Phil D’Auteuil – 413,500

8. Ruben Visser – 372,000

9. Robin Van Gils – 360,500

10. Ashley Mason – 354,000

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the 2012 PCA Main Event:

* 1st place — $2,000,000

* 2nd place — $1,275,000

* 3rd place — $755,000

* 4th place — $600,000

* 5th place — $468,000

* 6th place — $364,000

* 7th place — $260,000

* 8th place — $156,400

* 9th place — $101,000

* 10th place — $101,000

Day 3 of the PCA Main Event will once again begin at Noon local time. In addition to the Main Event, Tuesday will also see the PCA host a number of side events including the following tournaments:

* $2,000 + $150 No Limit Holdem tournament

* $5,000 + $250 PokerStars PLO Championship

* $1,000 + $100 Omaha 8/Stud 8 tournament with a $25k Guarantee

* $1,000 + $100 No Limit Holdem “Survivor” tournament

* $270 + $30 No Limit Holdem TURBO tournament

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