Luca Giovannone Bags Up Impressive Lead After Day 1a of the 2016 WSOPC Caribbean Main Event

The first of two starting days of the $1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit Caribbean Main Event gathered a field of 93 entries and put the flagship tournament of the festival at the Casino Royale on Sint Maarten in great shape to eclipse the guaranteed prize pool of $250,000.

After 11 levels of 40 minutes each, Italy’s Luca Giovannone bagged up 235,500, more chips than second-placed Gerard Henry (116,300) and third-placed Gerald Fuchs (116,200) combined. The Italian re-entered successfully and ran up his stack, busting Mohammed Elmazouni in the last level of the night with ace-seven against pocket queens.

Other big stacks and notables include Six-Handed champion Michael Lech (98,700), Tommie Janssen (86,700), Akash Mazumdar (84,000), Alessio Isaia (62,900), 2016 WSOP bracelet winner Peter Eichhardt (53,700), Charles Puglisi (53,400), Kevin Eyster (44,300), and Walter Treccarichi (25,800).

Among those to bust were Peter Hajszan, Aroon Maharaj, Jean-Luc and Cedric Adam, Jason Rivkin, and Joachim Lob. It was Lob who lost a big pot with ace-king against the kings of Fuchs, spiking an ace on the flop and losing most of his stack thanks to the case king on the river. The Swiss then got it in with pocket aces against pocket fives and the door card was instantly a five.

Luca Giovannone

Luca Giovannone

Final Chip Counts Day 1a

Top 10 Chip Counts for Day 1a

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 Luca Giovannone Italy 235,500
2 Gerard Henry Martinique 116,300
3 Gerald Fuchs Austria 116,200
4 Michael Lech USA 98,700
5 Tommie Janssen Netherlands 86,700
6 Akash Mazumdar USA 84,000
7 Chan Ping Hsiung Austria 76,500
8 Joe Gowder USA 75,200
9 Chad Walker USA 70,000
10 Nicola Salas France 68,700

Tomorrow will provide the second starting day as of 6 p.m. local time and another 11 levels of 40 minutes each are scheduled. Many familiar faces from the festival thus far are expected at the tables and all participants that busted on Day 1a can re-join the competition.Furthermore, a single re-entry per starting

Furthermore, a single re-entry per starting day is possible and the overall registration for the Main Event remains open until the first card is dealt on Day 2, this upcoming Monday at 3.30 p.m. local time. A winner will then be crowned on Tuesday and can not just look forward to a juicy payday and the elusive WSOP Circuit ring, but also the entry to the WSOP Championship with $1 million added to the prize pool.

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