Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama started with four new players signing up, boosting the total to 366 players for the inaugural event in Panama City. Martin Jacobson, Ambrose Ng, Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney joined the field of 171 players that had survived Day 1a and 1b to start Day 2.

[IT’S] BY FAR THE BIGGEST EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF PANAMANIAN POKER
With 366 players and a total prize pool of $1,775,100, the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event is by far the biggest event in the history of Panamanian poker. In fact, the three biggest events on Panamanian soil were all held this week with the $50,000 Super High Roller and $25,000 High Roller coming in second and third. The $5,000 High Rollers that were part of the LAPT in former seasons never got more than 68 entries.

After five levels of play on Day 2, just 79 players remain. With 71 making the money, the bubble is going to burst early on Day 3. Igor Yaroshevskyy has the best position, as he brings a massive 745,500 in chips to Day 3.

Top 5 Chip Counts After Day 2 PokerStars Championship Panama

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine 745,500
2 Denis Timofeev Russia 569,000
3 Caufman Talley United States 546,000
4 Tito Ortiz United States 270,500
5 Vincent Allevato Canada 256,500
The second day of play started full of action. Yaroshevskyy, who already started out as the biggest stack, got the entire stack of Vicente Delgado, who six-bet pushed with ace-deuce suited for 138,000. Yaroshevskyy called with kings and saw his hand hold up to strengthen his lead over the rest of the field.

HIS OPPONENT FLOPPED QUADS, AND AFTER JUST THREE COMMUNITY CARDS, STAPLES WAS DRAWING STONE DEAD.
Team PokerStars Pro Online’s Jaime Staples started out as one of the shortest stacks in the tournament. While he did outlast Delgado, he met his destiny just a couple hands later.

He doubled first but ran out of luck when he pushed ace-six into queens. He still had a fair shot at doubling up as any ace would be enough, but the dealer would not be kind to him. His opponent flopped quads, and after just three community cards, Staples was drawing stone dead.

The two competing WSOP Main Event champions followed in quick succession. Jacobson was first to go, getting it in with ace-queen against kings and not managing to suck out. Ryan Riess followed seconds later; he ran ace-king into queens and did not hit.

Not only did Jacobson bust from the late registrants, but all four of them hit the rail before the bagging and tagging would begin. Ng (bustout unknown), Seidel (ace-king into queens) and Kenney (ace-nine into tens) all got eliminated well before the day was done.

Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez would also go out prematurely. He got it in with jacks against aces on a nine-high board and did not improve.

TITO ORTIZ STARTS DAY 3 WITH 90 BIG BLINDS.

Tito Ortiz did manage to survive the day, bagging a very respectable 270,500. He grinded all day and managed to keep his stack around the average, only to win the last three hands and win a ton more. He’ll start Day 3 with 90 big blinds.

Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event starts at noon on Friday. Eight players go home empty-handed, $7,720 awaits those who min-cash, and everyone will hunt the $293,860 that awaits the winner, which will be handed out Monday.

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PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

Table Seat Name Country Chip Count
1 2 Andres Carrillo Colombia 156.000
1 3 Luis Perez Venezuela 65.000
1 4 Michael Carter Canada 14.500
1 5 Vincent Allevato Canada 256.500
1 6 Dmitry Ponomarev Russia 164.500
1 7 Daniel Ades Argentina 40.500
1 8 Steven Thompson Vila Costa Rica 135.500

2 1 Thomas Lefort Canada 23.500
2 2 Roman Pavliuk Ukraine 205.000
2 3 Samuel Gagnon Canada 88.000
2 4 Edward Mandel United States 49.000
2 5 Tito Ortiz United States 270.500
2 6 Denis Timofeev Russia 569.000
2 7 Mikhail Zamyatin Russia 153.000
2 8 Jiachen Gong Canada 34.500

3 1 Aleks Dimitrov Bulgaria 231.500
3 2 Tom-Aksel Bedell Norway 111.500
3 3 Jessica Perez Borrego Panama 235.500
3 4 Anthony Diotte Canada 50.000
3 5 Serge Pouliot Canada 218.500
3 6 Kamal Abdel Bittar Paraguay 107.500
3 7 Jason Wheeler Mexico 213.000
3 8 Alexandre Viard France 70.000

4 1 Davidi Kitai Belgium 20.000
4 2 Pedro Romanzo Pollino Venezuela 244.000
4 3 Jose Gonzales Argentina 166.000
4 4 Ari Engel United States 58.000
4 5 Taran Parmar Canada 179.000
4 6 Jeiko Palma Kuzmicic Panama 175.000
4 7 Luis Alejandro Mata Venezuela 127.000
4 8 Sebastian Medina Echavarria Colombia 49.000

5 1 Harpreet Gill Canada 161.000
5 2 Byron Kaverman United States 78.000
5 3 Martin Kus Canada 125.000
5 4 Arturo Morales Costa Rica 126.800
5 6 Roman Papacek Czech Republic 47.000
5 7 Aaron Been United States 52.500
5 8 Jose Rosenkrantz Costa Rica 98.500

6 1 Yobrahin Larez Sanchez Venezuela 129.000
6 2 Sergey Lebedev Russia 86.000
6 3 Daniel Dvoress Canada 67.500
6 4 Jose Moran Guzman Mexico 102.500
6 5 Robin Luca Wozniczek Germany 182.500
6 6 Mark Radoja Canada 177.000
6 7 Erik Cajelais Canada 129.500
6 8 Jonathan Abdellatif Belgium 62.500

7 1 Kenneth Smaron United States 234.500
7 2 Marcelo Filartiga Villalba Paraguay 33.500
7 3 Jason Koon United States 24.500
7 4 Jordan Saccucci Canada 56.500
7 5 Karim Zerzour Sweden 57.000
7 6 Felix Bleiker Switzerland 125.000
7 7 Manuel Martinez Solsona Spain 81.500
7 8 Allberto Meran Matias Dominican Republic 135.500

8 1 Adrien Allain France 118.000
8 2 Eduards Kudrjavcevs Latvia 237.000
8 3 Jairo Escobar Colombia 75.000
8 4 Lokesh Garg United States 219.000
8 5 Vasyl Vertianov Ukraine 196.500
8 6 Pablo Gordillo Spain 254.500
8 7 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 184.000
8 8 Michael Lech United States 139.500

9 1 Luiz Duarte United States 189.500
9 2 Martin Finger Germany 92.000
9 3 Fabrice De Benedictis Switzerland 87.500
9 4 James Salmon United States 189.000
9 5 Alberto Fonseca Masis Costa Rica 82.500
9 6 Caufman Talley United States 546.000
9 7 Lucas Blanco Spain 132.000
9 8 Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine 745.500

10 1 JC Alvarado Mexico 103.000
10 2 Arunas Sapitavicius Lithuania 223.500
10 3 Eric Semel United States 61.000
10 4 Hector Perez Salgado Colombia 29.500
10 5 Kliment Roussev Tarmakov Canada 100.500
10 6 Adrian Gruber United Kingdom 90.000
10 7 Michael Phillips Costa Rica 38.500
10 8 Carlos Garcia Sarmiento Colombia 54.500