Both of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Caribbean Main Event’s starting flights have now been played and Ebony Kenney is the player on top of the chip ladder.
Kenney will go into Day 2 of the Main Event with a stack of 174,000 to her name. She will have a reasonable buffer over the rest of the remaining field when the action gets underway later this evening, with Viet Vo’s 135,000 chips being the second largest stack.
Not far behind Vo on the chip ladder is Stephan Serfati, who has 133,000 in chips. Grega Vozel is the only other player with a stack of over 120,000 going into the second day of play. He finished Day 1B with 124,500 in chips to his name.
The competition is set to heat up tonight, however, with 107 out of 191 players making the cut from both starting flights. Although there were only 75 entries on Day 1A, the overall participant numbers were boosted by the starting flight of Day 1B that saw 116 players take to the felt.
Back-to-back WPT Alpha8 High Roller winner Philipp Gruissem will not be one of them, though, after he busted out on Day 1B of the event. It came as Gruissem, who bought in to the event shortly before registration closed, went all-in pre-flop with Queen-Jack of Hearts. Unfortunately for the German, an opponent called with pocket Aces that held on the board to make the WPT Caribbean Main Event a quick one for Gruissem.
The coolest hand of the starting flights arguably belonged to James Joyner, who eliminated Manimillian Droege from the event with a straight flush. Joyner called Droege’s pre-flop raise with Nine-Ten of Clubs and hit a straight flush draw on the flop after the Queen and Eight of Clubs were two of the three cards shown.
After a brief raising battle, Droege, who had pocket Kings, went all-in and was called by Joyner. After a turn that yielded nothing for either player, the Jack of Clubs was shown on the river, which gave Joyner the straight flush and put his stack up to 78,000 in the process.
The late stages of Day 1B also saw Kenney propel herself into the chip lead after winning a significant hand. Another participant went all-in on the turn with a pair of Jacks and an Ace kicker and was called by Kenney, who hit a set of Fours on the flop.
The Ten of Diamonds came on the river and Kenney was confirmed as the winner of the hand, which put her up to 170,000 in chips. It was a big win for Kenney, as she aims to keep her lead in the rest of the tournament.
As always, PokerUpdate will keep its readers up to date with the results of the WPT Caribbean Main Event as the tournament progresses in the coming days.