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Chris Oliver leads PCA Day 3; PokerStars signs Duhamel; November 9 reunion

TAGs: Jonathan Duhamel, November Nine, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

chris-oliver-pca-main-eventThree full days of action at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event have left us with just 48 survivors out of the starting field of 1560. For the record, that’s a 97% casualty rate, making the PCA resemble the Battle of the Somme (look it up). Chris Oliver ended the day well out in front of the pack, his stack of 3.675m chips outpacing #2 man Max Lehmanski by a healthy margin. Chris Moneymaker, 2003 WSOP champ, is also in the thick of things.

Adam Geyer, who started the day as chip leader, is still alive, although hanging on by his fingernails with a short stack of just 435k. Notable Day 3 casualties included PCA Super High Roller winner Eugene Kachalov, Bertrand Grospelier, Faraz Jaka and November Niner Eric Buchman. When action resumes Wednesday at noon local time, the top 10 chip leaders will look as follows: Chris Oliver (3.675m); Max Lehmanski (2.324m); John Andress (1.985m); Galen Hall (1.677m); Chris Moneymaker (1.636m); Philippe Plouffe (1.566m); Matt Lichtie (1.463m); Mike Sowers (1.360m); Ilan Rouah (1.349m); Dmitriy Stelmak (1.303m).

Busting out on Day 2 just shy of the money was PokerStars newest pro, Viktor ‘Isirdul1’ Blom. Actually, make that PokerStars second newest pro. The ‘newest’ tag now belongs to Jonathan Duhamel, whom you might remember from his recent triumph at the 2010 WSOP. While Duhamel already had a relationship with the poker outfit, he’s now an official member of PokerStars’ Team Pro, which we think means he gets an extra secret decoder ring or something.

And speaking of the 2010 WSOP, the November Nine are all set to appear at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut on Feb. 8 to sing the Peaches & Herb classic, Reunited. Actually, in what Foxwoods is claiming as a first for the “modern era of poker,” the nine will gather at the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge XIX (Feb. 4-13) where they’ll take part in a three-table tourney with 18 Foxwoods qualifiers.

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