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Pillai Leads Caribbean Adventure After Day 1

The first major poker Main Event for 2014 has officially gotten underway with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicking off.

Both starting flights of the Main Event have now been played and Day 1B’s chip leader, Shankar Pillai, will go into Day 2 with the overall chip lead. Pillai finished the second starting flight with 173,900 chips to his name, which puts the WSOP gold bracelet winner in a good position to go far in this event.

Second on the chip ladder is Day 1A’s chip leader, Dylan Hortin, who finished the day with a stack of 160,500. That also gives Hortin a shot at going deep in the Main Event as he chases the first major live poker tournament win of his career.

The top two chip leaders will not be without company on Day 2, with a number of players not far behind them on the chip ladder. Victor Levy, Daniel Bavec, Rens Feenstra and Adalfer Gamarra all have chip stacks of more than 140,000, which means a decent second day on the felt could make either of them the player to beat in the Main Event.

Other notable poker professionals who finished Day 1 in good shape are Joseph Cheong and Greg Merson. Cheong, who is a familiar face in the world’s major high roller poker events, finished Day 1 with 127,800 in chips. That stack is a little more than the 2012 WSOP Main Event winner bagged after Day 1, as Merson will compete with 108,200 going into the second day of play.

One player who didn’t make the cut to Day 2 is former basketball star Gilbert Arenas. The 31-year-old American was a three-time NBA all-star as well as one of just 20 players to have scored at least 60 points in an NBA game.

Those feats helped earn him the reputation as one of basketball’s best guards in the early and mid-2000s. However, recurring injuries and a highly publicised argument with a teammate involving firearms in 2010 led to Arenas’ NBA career being put on hold.

Arenas aimed to transfer some of his all-star basketball form into the PCA Main Event, but he was eventually eliminated by Hortin. Arenas went all-in with Queen-Jack and was promptly called by Hortin, who had pocket Queens, which held on the board.

Day 2 of the Main Event is set to be played later today at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in the Bahamas. As always, we at PokerUpdate will keep readers up to date on the Main Event as it progresses over the coming days.

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