The 2019 partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party is going to be nothing short of incredible if the opening day is anything to base judgement on. Three huge events kicked off and the poker room at the Baha Mar Resort was packed with some of the world’s elite poker players. Here’s how Day 1 went down.
Jouhkimainen, Filatov and Bicknell Bag in the High Roller
Forty-four players made it through Day 1 of the $10,300 MILLIONS High Roller from a field of 54. With $1 million guaranteed, there’s a ton of value awaiting anyone who buys in on Day 2 that stars at 14:00 local time.
Kristen Bicknell finished Day 1 in the middle of the pack after bagging up 1,290,000 chips at the close of play. Bicknell recently won a $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2019 Poker Masters for a career-best $408,000 and is gunning for more glory in this event.
Bicknell’s teammate Anatoly Filatov also punched his Day 2 ticket and returns to the fray armed with 928,000 chips, good for 58 big blinds and 34th place at the restart. Filatov is also in superb form coming off the back of a third-place finish in a €100,000 Super High Roller event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe festival for more than a million dollars.
Scores of big names are also through to Sunday’s Day 2. These include Manig Loeser, Rainer Kempe, Peter Jetten, Andras Nemeth, and Ema Zajmovic.
Leading the way is Spain’s Javier Alonso who finished Day 1 with 3,385,000 chips. The Spaniard is closely followed by Jack Sinclair and our very own Joni Jouhkimainen who has 2,930,000 chips at his disposal. Jouhkimainen padded his bankroll with €63,200 in September when he took down a €5,100 event in his native Helsinki. Now he has the chance of glory in The Bahamas.
MILLIONS High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||2,995,000|
|4||Joryyt van Hoof||Netherlands||2,560,000|
|6||Chance Kornuth||United States||2,270,000|
Tureniec Leads in the Mini Main Event
Swedish star Michael Tureneic finished Day 1A of the MILLION Mini Main Event with 7,700,000 chips and a commanding chip lead. Tureneic took down the WPTDeepStacks event at Dusk Till Dawn in October for $105,000 and has continued his form in The Bahamas.
Former Irish Open champion Peter Clarke is second in chips while British duo Niall Farrell and Steven Warburton find themselves in the top 10. Farrell, of course, has previous in the Caribbean having won the WPT Caribbean Main Event in 2016 for $335,000.
Some 212 players made it through from the 304 who started. These include Ari Engel, partypoker LIVE President John Duthie, Christopher Brammer, Jonathan Little, Team partypoker’s Dzmitry Urbanovich, Louise Butler, and Mike Sexton, and Martin Jacobson.
MILLIONS Mini Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
|5||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||4,670,000|
|7||Steven Warburton||United Kingdom||4,550,000|
|8||Gary Miller||United Kingdom||4,540,000|
|9||Benjamin Sweetman||United Kingdom||4,525,000|
|10||Laurent Manderlier||United States||4,500,000|
Day 1B, a six-max turbo structured flight, kicks off at 12:00 ET.
Haxton Strong in the $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl
Team partypoker’s Isaac Haxton finished fourth in chips in the inaugural $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas. Forty-three players bought in for quarter of a million dollars and 28 survived to progress to Day 2.
Justin Bonomo is the man to catch going into Day 2 closely followed by Steve O’Dwyer, with Sam Greenwood, Erik Seidel, Team partypoker’s Jason Koon and Mikita Badziakouski also still in contention. You can watch all the action unfold from 20:00 CET on November 17th by following this link to partypoker LIVE.
$250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Justin Bonomo||United States||1,274,000|
|3||Wai Leong Chan||Malaysia||742,000|
|4||Isaac Haxton||United States||670,000|
|6||Erik Seidel||United States||584,000|
|7||Wai Kin Yong||Malaysia||583,000|
|8||Darren Elias||United States||555,000|
|9||Kathy Lehne||United States||549,000|
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