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Mattar Leads, Ronaldo Falls on Day 4 of the PCA Main Event

Posted at 20:00 2015-01-13 by mnuwwarah

Fifty-seven players navigated their way to Day 4 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, and five levels later, 24 remain.

PCA Main Event Day 4

Eugenio Mattar will open the heaviest bag, containing 2.673 million when Day 5 begins on Tuesday. Mattar has no recorded live cashes, but it's doubtful any money jumps will faze him, as the Brazilian business owner appears on Forbes' list of the richest people in Brazil at no. 72.

Survivors

Emrah Cakmak (2.037 million), Chance Kornuth (2.026 million), Andreas Samuelsson (1.628 million), Pratyush Buddiga (1.624 million), Shyam Srinivasan (1.31 million), Maurice Hawkins (962,000), Jim Collopy (799,000), Rami Boukai (769,000), Dylan Linde (709,000), and Noah Schwartz (238,000) are among those joining Mattar for Day 5.

A chunk of Mattar's chips came at the expense of retired Brazilian football legend Ronaldo. The PokerStars SportStar spent the entire day at the featured table, where he was able to hold his own until the last half hour or so of Level 23 (10,000/20,000/2,000), the last of the night.

That's when he opened from a middle position with {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} to 80,000, saw Mattar three-bet to 200,000, and jammed all in. Mattar called for 536,000 total with {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, and a {5-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{j-Hearts} run out left the Brazilian superstar all smiles as he shook hands with his former opponents.

If Srinivasan's name doesn't jump off the page, his online alias "s_dot111" should, as the Canadian has claimed more than $7.5 million in online cashes. Last year, he ran deep in this very event and ultimately finished sixth for $328,020, his first six-figure live score. He followed it with a solid slate of live tournaments and said the experience is paying dividends.

"I feel a lot more comfortable," he said. "Last year was my first real deep run in a live poker tournament but I feel so much better now."

He's confident he'll be able to make sound decisions as the field winds down and the pressure increases.

"I'm just going to take every situation as it comes," he said. "I've played so many hands of poker that I know what to do."

Eliminations

Among those who headed to the payout desk and left with fatter wallets today were Mario Puccini (57th), Alex Venovski (52nd), PokerStars Team Online pro Naoya Kihara (50th), Global Poker Index leader Ole Schemion (45th), former Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (42nd), PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier (41st), Olivier Busquet (39th), and Shannon Shorr (35th).

Top 10 chip counts

PlayerChips
Eugenio Mattar2,673,000
Emrah Cakmak2,037,000
Chance Kornuth2,026,000
Andreas Samuelsson1,628,000
Pratyush Buddiga1,624,000
Ratharam Sivagnanam1,341,000
Niklas Hambitzer1,317,000
Shyam Srinivasan1,310,000
Diego Ventura1,154,000
Juan Martin Pastor1,085,000

Payouts

PlacePrize
1$1,491,580
2$907,080
3$641,140
4$482,820
5$380,720
6$285,740
7$203,420
8$140,900
9$111,440
10-11$91,420
12-13$81,760
14-15$73,840
16-17$64,940
18-20$58,020
21-23$50,100
24-27$42,180
28-31$36,560
32-39$31,820
40-55$27,700
56-71$24,140
72-95$20,580
96-111$17,800

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