Nick Maimone and Dan Colman Whipping PSC Main Event, Haxton and Tollerene Chop PokerStars Championship $25K High RollerJanuary 11th, 2017 by Jon Sofen
Day Two at the PokerStars Championship (PSC) Main Event in the Bahamas concluded on Tuesday with Nick Maimone in the chip lead (689,000). The tournament’s money bubble burst late in the day. When the session ended, 125 players were left. Day Three began at noon EST on Wednesday.
Dan Colman, the 2014 WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop winner, ended Tuesday’s play 2nd in chips with 620,000. He would like to add the $480,012 1st place pays to the $27 million he’s won in live tournaments throughout his short career.
Colman was joined at the top of the Day Two leaderboard by some other familiar faces, including Mike “Timex” McDonald. The Global Poker League participant had 436,000 chips when Day Three began.
Moving on down the leaderboard, 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman bagged a healthy stack on Tuesday evening (286,000). Jason Mercier, the reigning WSOP Player of the Year, was right behind him with 281,500.
Mercier is a PokerStars Team Pro hoping to represent the brand with a championship. Ryan Riess would also like to add another main event title to his resume. The 2013 WSOP Main Event champion bagged 249,500 on Day Two.
Top Pros Representing
Another November Niner, Cliff Josephy, had 242,500 following Tuesday’s action. The online poker legend known as ‘JohnnyBax’ hopes to avoid the set-under-set cooler scenario that cost him a chance to win the WSOP Main Event in 2016. His set of deuces lost to a set of treys to Gordon Vayo, the eventual runner-up, at the final table, costing him 90-percent of his chips.
Other notable players who advanced to Day Three include Christian Harder, Gaelle Baumann, Jamie Staples, Allen Kessler, Chance Kornuth, NFL star Richard Seymour, and Barry Greenstein. The tournament will run through to Saturday’s final table.
Smallest High Roller Ever?
The $25,750 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller on Tuesday was expected to attract a fairly large field. That didn’t happen. Only four players signed up with just under $100,000 in the prize pool.
Isaac Haxton and Ben Tollerene began heads-up play with the entire prize pool set to go to the winner. After a few hands, the high stakes circuit regulars decided to just chop it up and call it a day.
Haxton got $49,867 and Tollerene took home $48,133. This was the third high roller event of the 2017 PokerStars Championship. The $100,000 and $50,000 buy-in tournaments attracted much larger fields.