Saturday January 13, 2018 at 5:32 pm

The PCA Main Event started with 582 entrants and after four days of action, they played down to the final 16 players. The Sweet 16! American pro David Peters leads the remaining field with a stack worth 3.1M. On Day 5, they will play down to an official final table. Can Peters stay on course en route to a million dollar payday? Maria Lampropulos bagged up the second-biggest stack with 2.3M. Also still left in the hunt... Adrian Mateos, Shawn Buchanan, and Koray Aldemir.


Say hello to the Sweet 16! The 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is heading into its final weekend of poker action at the Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas. Last week, a total of 582 dreamers took a shot at PCA glory and $1 million in cash. That's what is at stake right now for the remaining 16 players in the Main Event. The sweet 16 survived the first four days of intense poker combat, and now they're on the precipice of immortality and greatness. But right now, the player to beat is David Peters. The American pro bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 3, and his run good continued as he looked unstoppable on Day 4.

David Peters won $18.3 million playing poker tournaments. He's won $11 million in the last two years and nearly $14M since the start of 2015. Currently, only 15 players stand in Peters' way. Another seven-figure score is within his reach. So who is going to stop him?

Argentina's Maria Lampropulos finished Day 4 with 2.3M in chips, good enough for second overall. No one else in the tournament passed the 2M marker. The closest was Adalfer Gamarra from Colombia with 1.9M. Only 6 players bagged up at least 1M. That list included... Johnnie West and Germany's Koray Aldemir and Christian Rudolph.

Shawn Buchanan, the infamous online grinder from Canada, is enjoying the balmy temperatures in the island. The legendary "buck21" won a Triple COOP on PokerStars over the years. Buck21 finished sixth overall with a shade under 1M. With all eyes on David Peters trying to go wire-to-wire at the final two tables, Buchanan is lurking close by.

Bracelet winner and the latest addition to Team Winamax, Adrian Mateos, is the shortest stack remaining. The pro from Spain will need some help early on Day 5 if he wants to pull off a miraculous comeback and advance to the final table. Also, still left in the hunt... Russia's Oleg Titov, Mike Farrow, Daniel Coupal, Jean Ateba, Florian Maurer, Phil Corion, and Poland's Patryk Poterek and Bartosz Stasiewicz.

The money bubble burst midway thru Day 3. On Day 4, only 43 players returned and just 16 survived the cut.

Maria Konnikova's remarkable run at the 2018 PCA came to an end when she busted early on Day 4. The best-selling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes busted in 42nd place for $22K. Last week, Konnikova binked the PCA National Championship for an $84K score and a Platinum Pass for the 2019 Players Championship. Yup, it was an epic PCA for Konnikova, who banked over $106K in cashes plus the Platinum Pass (worth $30K). Konnikova also acquired some kick-ass material for her new book about a noob hitting the tournament circuit for one year.

Liv Boeree busted late on Day 4 when she hit the rail in 17th place. Among those cashing on Day 4... Aleksandr Milyaev, Bryan Ponce, Uladzimir Anoshka, Christian Banz, Helio Chreem, Lucas Blanco, Jack Sinclair, Andriy Lyubovetskiy, Karl Stark, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Jason Stemmler, Michael Stashin, Marco Alves, Gleidibe Brito, Ivan Zhechev, Sharman Olshan, Keith Nassetta, Richard Kirsch, Timothey Miles, Gabriella Boza, Calum Deas, Aaron Olshan, Oliver Weis, Michael Kamran, Maria Konnikova, and Lachezar Plamenov Petkov.

2018 PCA - Main Event

Buy-in: $10,300

Entrants: 582

Prize Pool: $5,645,420

Payouts: 87


Day 5 - Top 5 Chips:

David Peters (USA) 3,105,000

Maria Lampropulos (Argentina) 2,313,000

Adalfer Gamarra(Colombia) 1,916,000

Jonathan West (USA) 1,656,000

Koray Aldemir (Germany) 1,420,000


Final Table Payouts:

1. $1,081,100

2. $672,960

3. $481,560

4. $372,600

5. $293,560

6. $229,760

7. $169,920

Day 5 resumes at noon local time. For stellar coverage, hit up the crew at PokerStars Blog. You can also watch the action via the live stream (cards-up with a delay) courtesy of PokerStars TV...

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