The PokerStars Players Championship nears a final table. An additional 13 dates are announced for this summer’s World Series of Poker. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
PSPC will reach final table on Day 4
Day 4 of the PSPC began on Wednesday with just 38 out of the original 1,039 players remaining with Scott Baumstein starting the day with the chip lead, a lead which he grew during the day . In second place at the time of this writing is Day 2 chip leader Farid Jattin. Fresh off her 2018 GPI Woman Player of the Year honors, Kristen Bicknell is the most well-known of the remaining players, who are all vying for a piece of the $26.5 million prize pool.
The tournament will play down to the final table, with every player who qualifies guaranteed at least $1 million. The winner of the tournament will take home a cool $5.1 million.
With 320 players qualifying for the PSPC via a Platinum Pass, a few were bound to be big winners. Three Platinum Pass winners still have chips as of Wednesday evening: Marc Riveria, Ramon Colillas and Pedro Padilha.
A total of 41 Platinum Pass winners ended up making the money, winning at least $25,450. Of those winning money, 20 Platinum Pass winners are taking home at least $50,000 from the tournament with eight players earning over $100,000 for their performances: Michael Robionek (21st, $150,600), Joao Barbosa (25th, $126,000), Adrian Echave Samu (26th, $126,000), Filipe Oliveira (29th, $105,000) and Atanas Pavlov (30th, $105,000).
Some notable pros who finished with respectable showings including Mikita Badziakouski (34th, $86,400), San Greenwood (49th, $69,100), Christoph Vogelsang 57th ($56,800) and Ryan Riess (58th, $56,800).
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– In other action from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Sean Winter led David Peters heads-up in the $25,000 Single Day High Roller 1 as the pair wait to complete the tournament. Meanwhile, the $50,000 Single Day High Roller also got underway with 64 players entering the event and $908,100 slated for 1st place.
– After unveiling select dates of the 2019 WSOP last month, an additional 13 events have been revealed for the 50th anniversary event, bringing the total of confirmed events up to 20. Among the events announced this week include the Colossus (featuring a smaller buy-in of $400) Little One for One Drop, Maraton and The Closer. In addition, a $1,000 Mini Main Event is scheduled for July 1st and will include the same structure as the traditional Main Event.
– From the Fake News Bin: After watching PSPC coverage, a local man who almost won a Platinum Pass is certain he would have taken down the title.
– CardPlayer Lifestyle’s Robbie Strazynski takes advantage of some downtime for an entertaining interview with Comedian Norm Macdonald who was hand
– Wednesday’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video showcases Faullkdogg’s short “Transitioning to Live Poker” series, with episode 1 featuring a lecture on making the move.
– Playing daily fantasy football during the NFL playoffs? Be sure to check out Collin Hulbert’s Divisional Round expert DFS picks and advice on how to play the 8-team slate.
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– Everybody is talking about that fold from the PSPC, where Thi Nguyen correctly folds a full house. PokerNews caught up with the two players involved, Thi Xoa Nguyen and Athanasios Polychronopoulos, to discuss what was going through their heads as they were playing the hands.
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– Joey Ingram also weighs in with his own analysis:
– Meanwhile, Jaime Staples reports in from his appearance at the PSPC, which he called “one of the toughest days of his life.”