Marques Leads 2023 PCA Main Event; Watson tops $100K SHR


The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2023 Main Event launched on January 23 in the picturesque Baja Mar Resort in the Bahamas, with the first of two starting fields drawing 166 players. Only 80 of those who sat down with high hopes of becoming champions of the 2023 PCA Main Event had chips in front of them after the completion of the eight 60-minute levels, and none had more valuable betting chips than Portugal’s Andre Marquez.

Marques turned his opening stack of 30,000 into a tournament-leading 197,500 on Day 1A. Known as “PTFisherman23” online at PokerStars, Marques went about his business in a modest but efficient manner. The 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event the champion didn’t hurt his chances of glory in the Bahamas at all.

Other Akkaris
Andre Akkari of Team PokerStars

Many big names fill PCA Main Event Day 1A with the highest chip count. Team PokerStars Other Akkaris is fourth in chips with a stack of 136,900. Akkari got a welcome boost to his stack late in the proceedings when his aces prevailed against a pair of queens on Kitty Quosending Kuo to the rail with just 15 minutes left in the flight.

Accari’s Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski (130,900), Chance Kornut (127,000), Steve O’Dwyer (104,800, Diego Ventura (103,300) and Thomas Mullocker (103,000) fall into the top ten.

Also safely through to Day 2 are such superstars as the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Seidel (88,200), Sam Greenwood (80,000), Joao Simao (62,200), on Team PokerStars Sam Grafton (53,400), the legendary Fedor Holz (52,600) and of Belgium Michael Gatti (45,700).

Day 1B is shuffled and distributed at noon local time on January 24th and PokerNews‘ The live coverage team is on the floor around the clock, bringing you live and exclusive coverage of the PCA 2023 Main Event.

2023 PCA Main Event Day 1a Top 10 points

place Player Country Number of chips Big blinds
1 Andre Marquez Portugal 197,500 165
2 Maximilian Siltz Germany 182,200 152
3 Alberto Meran Dominican Republic 155,900 130
4 Other Akkaris Brazil 136,900 114
5 Yuri Dzivielevski Brazil 130,900 109
6 Chance Kornut United States 127,000 106
7 James Harvey United States 113,100 94
8 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 104,800 87
9 Diego Ventura Peru 103,300 86
10 Thomas Mullocker Austria 103,000 86

Mike Watson leads the $100,000 Super High Roller final table

Mike Watson
Mike Watson won the 2016 PCA Main Event

of Canada Mike Watson finished Day 1 of the $100,000 Super High Roller as the chip leader and built on his sparkling start by ending Day 2 with the same title. Watson is now just five eliminations away from capturing the $1,545,080 top prize and adding a PCA Super High Roller win to the PCA Main Event he enjoyed in 2016.

Five poker giants stand between Watson and that $1.5 million prize; any of them would be a worthy champion. Watson returns with 3,015,000 chips, with Juan Pardo (2,200,000) its nearest rival in the count. Another Spaniard on Pardo, Adrian Mateos (2,035,000), sits at the final table six-handed in third in chips, with Seth Davis (1,870,000) and Isaac Haxton (1,645,000) below them. Daniel Dvores (590,000) is the shortest stack at the final table; he has the equivalent of 12 big blinds at his disposal.

Play resumes at 12:30 p.m. local time; then join the PokerNews live reporting team.

$100K Super High Roller Day 3 Seats and Chip Count

Seat Player Country Number of chips Big blinds
1 Seth Davis United States 1,870,000 37
2 Isaac Haxton United States 1,645,000 33
3 Mike Watson Canada 3,015,000 60
4 Adrian Mateos Spain 2,035,000 41
5 Daniel Dvores Canada 590,000 12
6 Juan Pardo Spain 2,200,000 44

The BSOP Bahamas Main Event crowned its champion today

Sriharsha Dodapaneni
Sriharsha Dodapaneni

The $1,100 buy-in BSOP Bahamas Main Event started with 460 players fighting for a share of the $446,200 prize pool, but only 37 of those grinds remain in contention for the $86,650 top prize and all-important trophy.

of India Sriharsha Dodapaneni (1,087,000) enters the battle for the third and final day with the chip lead and is the only player with more than 100 big blinds in his arsenal. Doddapaneni will be pushed to the limit by people like Christian Rudolph (974,000), Maria Konnikova (773,000), Bruno Boteon (590,000), Ludovic Geilich (576,000), Katie Lindsay (410,000), a member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame Maria Ho (366,000) and regular PokerNews a participant in the strategy Jonathan Little (325,000).

The cards are back in the air from 1pm local time; follow the action here on PokerNews from then on.

2023 BSOP Bahamas Main Event Top Ten Day 2 Chip Count

place Player Country Number of chips Day 3 Big Blinds
1 Sriharsha Dodapaneni India 1,087,000 109
2 Christian Rudolph Germany 974,000 97
3 Maria Konnikova USA 773,000 77
4 Elliott Smith Canada 648,000 65
5 Alan Barnes Canada 622,000 62
6 Paul Dewald USA 595,000 60
7 Steven Fandozzi USA 591,000 59
8 Bruno Boteon Brazil 590,000 59
9 Ludovic Geilich Great Britain 576,000 58
10 Micha Hodemaker The Netherlands 542,000 54

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