Jaka reclaims lead with incredible Day 4 at the PCA

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 11, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Most people probably didn’t think Faraz Jaka could play any better, or run any hotter at the PokerStars PCA after he jumped out to the Day 1a chip-lead, and then seemingly cruised along on Day 2 of the tournament to once again holding the chip-lead at the end of the day. After an up and down Day 3 he fell all the way to #3 on the leader-board, but after Day 4 of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event he is once again at the top of the leader-board, putting in yet another dominating performance.

Jaka is the only player in the field of 24 players that managed to crack the 4 million chip mark. In fact he is the only player in the field who cracked the 3 million chip mark! Jaka will take his 4.1 million chips into Day 5 with his eyes set on a final table berth, while his closest competitor, Alex Fitzgerald will bring 2.7 million into Day 5.

Jaka’s path to the final table of the 2012 PCA still has some major roadblocks as a number of other top poker players also punched their ticket to the penultimate day of the event. Among the players joining Faraz on Thursday will be one of the EPT’s top performers in 2011 Martin Jacobson with 1.6 million in chips; 2009 PCA runner-up Anthony Gregg; the final woman in the field Xuan Liu who is coming off a 3rd place finish in the 2011 EPT San Remo Main Event; and poker pros David Peters, Byron Kaverman, Ruben Visser, and Kyle Julius.

Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts of the remaining players courtesy of PokerNews.com’s live tournament reporting team:

Table 1

1. David Peters — 424,000

2. Alex Venovski — 592,000

3. Ruben Visser — 461,000

4. Charles Furey — 379,000

5. Maksim Semisoshenko — 1,446,000

6. Kyle Julius — 1,818,000

7. Alex Fitzgerald — 2,709,000

8. Daniel Schmieding — 1,309,000

Table 2

1. David Granados — 980,000

2. John Dibella — 1,406,000

3. Corey Burbick — 551,000

4. Sam Greenwood — 2,109,000

5. Lee Goldman — 1,760,000

6. Faraz Jaka — 4,114,000

7. David Bernstein — 1,160,000

8. Phil D’Auteuil — 2,280,000

Table 3

1. Nikolaos Alafogiannis — 221,000

2. Daniel Shiff — 834,000

3. Anthony Gregg — 2,142,000

4. Xuan Liu — 1,082,000

5. Mark Drover — 1,383,000

6. Byron Kaverman — 2,136,000

7. Danny Chevalier — 302,000

8. Martin Jacobson — 1,627,000

When play resumes at Noon local time on Thursday the players will be in Level 23 of the tournament with Blinds of 10,000/20,000 and 3,000 chip ante.

Side events at the 2012 PCA on Thursday include the following:

* $1,000 + $100 No Limit Holdem tournament

* $25,000 + $500 No Limit Holdem – High Roller – “8 Max” – Re-Entry tournament

* $1,000 + $100 PLO – 8 Max – Dealer’s Choice 4 or 5 Cards tournament

* $2,000 + $150 No Limt Holdem TURBO tournament

* $200 + $20 Super Satellite to Women’s Event (Event #34) “3 SEATS ADDED!”

* $270 + $30 No Limit Holdem TURBO tournament

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