As the PokerStar Caribbean Adventure draws to its fifth day, the number of players continues to drop and the field is limited to only the best. On Day 4, three players were kicked off from the series, leaving 22 better players vying for the first place with a guaranteed winning of $2.3 million, apart from the popularity that the ESPN airtime the players get.
Interestingly, the remaining pack is dominated by the lone lady survivor in this poker tourney, Ana Marquez. She holds the spot with a chip count of 3.8 million which is one hundred thousand more than the second place contender Chris Monekmakey. The atmosphere is permeated by the stereotypic thinking of people. Ana is slowly gaining the grasp of the game and is looking at the main event.
On the other hand, Moneymaker, a celebrated online poker superstar, has maintained his wrath in the game. He holds firm in his standing and leads all his fellow male peers towards the finish. But unlike the previous games, many of the popular names have fallen out of the game. Josh Bergman, Timothy Finne, and Nicholas Kamen are just few of the players who hadn’t made it to the next day, while notable players like Galen Hall, Chris Oliver and Bolivar Palacios will continue to play on Day 5. They will again bid for the tourney with $2-3 million at their bankroll.
The interesting duel between Philippe Plouffe and Ana Marquez instantly brought the latter into its first place rank. Ana started the day with 1.3 million at the 11th place and was able to pick few of the best pots. The momentum built up after her one-on-one clash with Plouffe. It then paved way for some of the big pots.
While Ana enjoys the earnings of the fourth day, Chris Moneymaker seats just right before her tail. He looks so thirsty for this tourney and he seem to be the most determined among all the players. Apparently, he had to make some adjustments with his ‘poor game’ performance to end well in this tournament. It would have been a great game except for the aggressive strategy that Chris Oliver had played on him. The contest between Moneymaker and Oliver ended with Moneymaker getting the better number of chips.
Thanks to a bold move that Moneymaker has called, he got one of the biggest hands of the day. Having won the 2003 WSOP championship, Moneymaker gave Oliver a taste of his fully equipped arsenal. He played on the aggressive strategy of Oliver with a meagre card of 9-9 against an upper arm of K-J-8. It would have been a sure-fire card for Oliver, hadn’t Moneymaker bet his bankroll all-in. To close the deck, Oliver instantly folded, leaving his stack of chips on the hands of Moneymaker.
Chris Oliver pulling off from drunk, managed to win some pots and ended with 3.2 million chips, giving him a place at the 22-seat fifth day. Seating comfortable in between these two big names is Dmitry Stelmak with 3.3 million. Following the top 3 leaders are Sam Stein and Mike Sowers, both are celebrated poker players who have attended several poker tourneys back in the 90’s. The excitement is intensifying as the tournament nears its close.