2016 WSOPC Caribbean Main Event: Jean-Luc Adam Leads 55 Survivors After Day 1b

As expected, the second and final starting day of the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit $1,675 Main Event at the Casino Royale attracted an even bigger field than the strong turnout of Day 1a already. A total of 108 unique players and 17 re-entries made for a field of 123 to bump the total attendance to 215 entries thus far. However, that is not the final number yet with registration being open until the first card is dealt on Monday at 3.30 p.m. local time and the initial guarantee of $250,000 has already been smashed.

After 11 levels of 40 minutes each, it was Jean-Luc Adam who bagged up the lead with 207,500 followed by Craig Rubinstein (158,600) and Robert Price (124,300). Other notables and big stacks include Matthew Fallon (114,000), Marvin Browne (107,500), two-time WSOPC Caribbean ring event winner Martin Ryan (100,000), Werner Eder (99,700), Chester “CJay” Baughan (86,600), Joachim Lob (83,900) and Jason Rivkin (73,100).

Baughan, who calls the Scarlet Pearl Casino in Biloxi his home ground, knocked out Ryan but player from Trinidad & Tobago re-entered and quickly ran up a stack again. Robbie Bakker busted two bullets and fell victim to Ryan towards the end of the day when his ace-queen for top pair was drawing dead against the four-six suited of Ryan on an queen-high turn.

Jean-Pierre Didier started the day in spectacular fashion by tripling up in a three-way all in with top pair against bottom set and a gutshot and flush draw combo. Turn and river brought a runner runner straight for Didier, who won the first WSOP Circuit ring here at the festival, and the Frenchman ultimately bagged up 59,700.

Rubinstein was among those to re-enter successfully and the American took most of Mario Eder’s chips with a full house versus straight and Eder busted soon after against Robert Cheung. Other familiar faces of the festival thus far that didn’t make it through included John Yocca, William Hicks, Arman Bosnakyan and Ingrid “Machine” Bevin.

The day then ended with a bang when Adam busted two opponents in a three-way preflop all in with kings versus aces and queens – a king showed up on the turn. The Frenchman will return as second in chips, as Luca Giovannone retains the lead with 235,500.

Jean-Luc Adam

Jean-Luc Adam

Top 10 Chip Counts Day 1b

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 Jean-Luc Adam France 207,500
2 Craig Rubinstein USA 158,600
3 Robert Price UK 124,300
4 Matthew Fallon USA 114,000
5 Marvin Browne Sint Maarten 107,500
6 Martin Ryan Trinidad & Tobago 100,000
7 Werner Eder Austria 99,700
8 Jozef O’Neil Sint Maarten 87,200
9 George Griffith Barbados 86,900
10 Chester Baughan USA 86,600

Final Chip Counts Day 1a

Final Chip Counts Day 1b

Day 2 Seat Draw by Chips

Day 2 Seat Draw by Tables

Along with the 55 hopefuls after Day 1b and the 40 survivors of Day 1a, at least 95 players will return to the tables of the Casino Royale for Day 2. This number may change still as registration remains open until the start of level 12 with blinds of 600-1,200 and a running ante of 200. As of Day 2 and also for the final table, the level duration increases to 60 minutes each.

Besides Day 2 of the flagship tournament of the festival, the penultimate WSOP Circuit ring-awarding tournament will kick off at 6 p.m. with Day 1 of the $365 NLHE Event #32. All players receive 10,000 in chips and a total of 15 levels of 30 minutes each are scheduled to take place. As of 9 p.m. local time there will also be a $135 Survivor Event as well.

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