It was a short but action-packed day 2 at the 2023 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship in the Bahamas that only six one-hour levels were played. A total of 1,014 entries were registered when early registration closed and only 255 advanced to Day 3. Lead the pack. Krasimir Yankov who is the only player with a seven-figure stack with 1,002,000 chips followed by Felipe Pizzari (965,000) i Jeremy Ausmus (791,000) to round out the top three.
Yankov is widely known for competing in the European Poker Tour but recently it has also been foraying abroad. The last outstanding performance of the Bulgarian was in the WPT World Championship where he finished in 11th place. With a handful of six-figure scores on his poker resume, Yankov will be looking to step up and add a seven-figure payday when all is said and done.
Top 10 standings after Day 2 of PSPC 2023
RANKPLAYERCOUNTRYCHIP COUNTSBIG BLINDS 1Krasimir YankovBulgaria1,002,000167 2Philipe PizzariBrazil965,000161 3Jeremy AusmusUnited States791,000132 4Dylan DestefanoUnited States696,000116 5Chris MoormanUnited Kingdom685,000114 6Justin LibertoUnited States658,000110 7Tommy NguyenCanada642,000107 8Ignacio GonzalezSpain610,000102 9Renato MinicuciItaly585,00098 10Christian DresslerGermany562,00094
Speaking of which, the prize pool and payouts were confirmed today after registration closed. A total of $24,843,000 will be up for grabs for the next three days. 175 places will be paid with a minimum cash value of $35,100 and the winner will take home $4,053,200. Each of the last six places will be guaranteed to become at least a millionaire.
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Some more familiar faces advancing to Day 3 with a shot at PSPC glory include the 2023 PCA Main Event Champion Michel DattaniWSOP Main Event winners Chris Moneymaker, Martin Jacobsoni Espen Jorstadalong with PokerStars ambassadors Alejandro Lococo, Sam Graftoni Arlie Shaban. Lococo bagged 473,000 for Day 3 and will be joined by Grafton with 377,000 chips and Shaban who bagged the same as Day 1 with 259,000.
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Day 2 Action
There were 680 players who returned to their seats after Day 1 and were joined by nine additional new entries before late registration closed before the start of Level 11. One of these late entries was Bryn Kenney whose time at the table was a mere flash. Just 10 minutes later, Kenney made a flush draw and was sent to the rail for Noah Schwartz.
Five-time Survivor contestant and Season 22 winner Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano it was also one of the last entries. Mariano, who is now taking his poker a little more seriously, made it to Day 3 and got a stack of 119,000.
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Boston Rob Mariano still in contention heading into Day 3
One of the feel-good stories of the tournament belongs to the winner of the Platinum Pass Glen Craigen. There’s no doubt that Craigen is playing in the biggest tournament of his life, but he’s proven that he can still play with some of the biggest names in the game. Craigen recently did an interview with PokerNews where he got a little emotional talking about what this type of tournament means to him.
Join him in his quest to turn a Platinum Pass into a massive payday includes Ignacio Gonzalez, Renato Minicuci, Dinesh Alt, Bastian Hessand many others.
With a field full of familiar faces at each and every table, there were many who fell by the wayside throughout the day as the field was whittled down to just 255 players. Some of those who were sorry to be eliminated were Ryan Riess, Jonathan Little, Ben Lamb, Sam Greenwoodand PokerStars ambassadors Benjamin Spragg, Jen Shahadeand defending champion Ramon Colillas that will not go back.
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As the field quickly disintegrated over the course of a few hours, it was announced that only six levels would be played on Day 2. When the action resumes on Day 3, everyone’s eyes will be on the money bubble which will probably occur on day 3. the first levels of the day.
The cards will be back in the air at 12 noon EST for Day 3 with the blinds resuming at level 15 at 3,000/6,000 and a big blind of 6,000. Levels will continue to be 60 minutes long and eight levels will be played on Day 3.
The PokerNews live coverage team will be back on the tournament court to bring you all the live updates as the action unfolds en route to crowning a new PSPC champion in just a few days.