Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure

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Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure

Atlantis Hotel and Casino
January 4 to January 13, 2007

Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure

Day 1A
The Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure got off with a bang as the field was so large with competitors that it had to be split into 2, for which Day 1A will take place today. All players began with 20,000 in chips and blinds began at 50/100. Some of the players spotted today include David Singer, last year's champion Steve Paul-Ambrose, John Shipley, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Strasser, Terrence Chan, Antonio Esfandiari, Kathy Liebert, Robert Williamson III, Bill Chen, Vanessa Rousso, Joe Sebok and Mimi Rodgers. A payout schedule will be put out after Day 1B when the total number of players are known. Early on Steve Paul-Ambrose suffered having his aces cracked along with 25% of his stack, but still managed to hang on for Day 2 action. Joe Sebok was eliminated early on as were Antonio Esfandiari, Mimi Rogers, Mark Newhouse and Derrick Johnston. Thomas Walroos was busted by Vanessa Rousso after his three of a kind 6's was overcome by a straight produced by Vanessa.

By the end of the night, there were 212 players left that will take a break as a new crowd comes in to the tables tomorrow. Here are the top 6 with chip counts:

  1. Owen Crowe -- 202,000 chips
  2. Issac Haxton -- 126,800 chips
  3. Jimmy Fricke -- 122,500 chips
  4. Michael Kats -- 122,200 chips
  5. Thierry Passeron -- 112,400 chips
  6. Vishal Iyer -- 110,400 chips

Day 1B
Now that Day 1B has been finished, we have some solid information. There were a total of 937 entrants, a gigantic prize pool of $7,063,842 with payouts going to the top 180 finishers. Here are the payouts for the top 6 at the final table:

  1. $1,535,255
  2. $861,789
  3. $550,980
  4. $409,703
  5. $317,873
  6. $247,234
By the way things are running, Day 2 will have players going into the money. Lots of top names showed up for this round such as David Williams, Shannon Shorr, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi and his brother Eric Mizrachi, Nam Le, Annand "Victor" Ramdin, Barry Greenstein, Marcello Del Grosso, Jon Friedberg and Tony Cousineau. When the day ended, there were 444 players that would go on to Day 2. Here are the top 6 players and chip counts:
  1. Christopher Lee -- 150,000 chips
  2. Isaac Baron -- 147,800 chips
  3. Paul Lui -- 111,000 chips
  4. Barry Shulman -- 108,000 chips
  5. Tom McEvoy -- 86,500 chips
  6. Mark Seif -- 80,500 chips

Day 2
Play began with blinds at $500/$1,000 with a $100 ante for the survivors of 1A and 1B at 9:00 a.m. Within the first 35 min, Barry Greenstein, Nam Le and Laura Fink were eliminated from the tournament. Others who followed were Allan Sass, Mark Seif, Eric and Michael Mizrachi, Ralph Perry, Daniel Negreanu, Shannon Shorr, Vanessa Rousso, David Singer and Tony Cousineau. By the time the day was over, 121 were left to move on to Day 3. The top 6 with chip counts are below:

  1. Justin Bonomo -- 475,000 chips
  2. Steve Paul-Ambrose -- 408,400 chips
  3. Jonathan Drane -- 386,400 chips
  4. John Hart -- 368,000 chips
  5. Jonathan Little -- 352,200 chips
  6. Jon Friedberg -- 345,200 chips

Day 3
Action was underway around 9:10 a.m. with blinds at $2,000/$4,000 with a $500 ante. John Phan led a procession of 23 busted players who went to the rail in the first half hour of the tournament round! Things remained intense as Aaron Kanter, Nenad Medic, David Williams, Barry Shulman, Victor Ramdin and defending 2006 champion Steve Paul-Ambrose went for a walk on the beach after being busted out of this event.

But some players had incredible days, like Issac Haxton who, on a win with a flush hand, pumped his stack over 3 million and did not look back. Robert Mizrachi, Jon Friedberg and Scott Clements will also make the list of 16 competitors that will move on to Day 4 to see who will make the final table. Here are the top 6 players and chip counts:

  1. Issac Haxton -- 3,754,000 chips
  2. Jonathan Little -- 2,084,000 chips
  3. Robert Mizrachi -- 1,798,000 chips
  4. Antonio Ribeiro -- 1,532,000 chips
  5. Robert Ford -- 1,313,000 chips
  6. Ryan Daut -- 1,226,000 chips

Day 4
A very intense day for the remaining players began at 9:00 a.m. with blinds at $8,000/$16,000 with a $2,000 ante. Even with careful play from those left, none could hold up to Issac Haxton who ended Day 3 with 3,754,000 chips to vault over the 9 million chip mark giving him a monstrous lead at the final table. He did it by winning huge pots twice while holding pocket A's in a couple of hands. He almost took Michael Mizrachi out of the tournament on one hand, but Michael folded and was at a day low of 500,000 in chips. But luck never seems to leave Michael as he won his way to the final table. In one hand playing against Antonio Ribeiro, he had pocket A's which dominated Antonio's A Q resulting in his stack doubling to 1,300,000. Favor was also with Robert Ford, as during the last minutes of the day he survived an all-in move to double his stack of 738,000 and busting Antonio Ribeiro out in 7th to give him a spot at the final table. By 2:00 p.m. it was done. Action will begin at 10:00 a.m. EST. Here are the players with their chip counts:

  1. Isaac Haxton -- 9,216,000 chips
  2. Jonathan Little -- 2,366,000 chips
  3. Robert Ford -- 2,324,000 chips
  4. Ryan Daut -- 2,301,000 chips
  5. Robert Mizrachi -- 1,450,000 chips
  6. Frank Rusnak -- 1,166,000 chips

Day 5 Final Table
Action was underway at 10:45 a.m. EST with the blinds at $15,000/$30,000 with a $3,000 ante. Everyone was very cautious with their play as it took 3 1/2 hours for the first elimination to happen. 24 year old Frank Rusnak went out in 6th place after losing a hand to Robert Ford. Frank held pocket K's against Robert's A K. Things went well until an A came up on the river giving Robert two Aces and knocking Frank out of the tournament. Jonathan Little left in 5th after his A Q lost out to trips which were produced by Ryan Daut. Robert Mizrachi was busted out in 4th place after losing to Issac Haxton who gained the remaining cards for his Q 9 to become a straight. Robert Ford was sent to the rail in 3rd place by 21 year old Issac Haxton when he paired his K 3, making the superior hand for the win.

When the heads up began, Issac had 13,905,000 chips to Ryan Daut's 4,920,000. But 4 hands into play, Ryan managed to double up his stack and take the chip lead. After that huge piles of chips went back and forth so much, it was getting hard to keep track of what was going on. Then after an hour and 15 min the all-in move came and here is how it went. Ryan went all in pre flop with Ad 10h and Issac called showing Qd 8h. The board showed both players Jd 6c 5h 9h 5c which left Ryan the winner and champion.

  1. Ryan Daut -- $1,535,255 and a entry to the WPT Championships in April
  2. Isaac Haxton -- $861,789
  3. Robert Ford -- $550,980
  4. Robert Mizrachi -- $409,703
  5. Jonathan Little -- $317,873
  6. Frank Rusnak -- $247,234

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