After six days of poker — three starting flights and a pair of Day 2s — just 58 players remain in the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $5,300 Main Event and a rising star has a chance to make a big follow-up statement after a huge result this past summer.
In the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, Alex Lynskey, already a player with some strong results and recognition among diligent followers of poker, broke out in a big way with a seventh-place finish for $1.5 million.
Now, the Aussie has a chance to match that score exactly if he can pull off a win here at Baha Mar. While there's still a long way to go — two more days of poker remain — Lynskey has certainly put himself in tremendous position. At the close of Day 4, he bagged 82,500,000 to put himself in second place. That will be good for over 100 big blinds when Day 5 resumes at 350,000/700,000/700,000.
Lynskey pushed himself way up the chip counts and grabbed the overall lead in the middle of the day but had a considerably obstacle at his table in high roller reg and partypoker pro Jason Koon at his table with heaps. However, Koon would eventually find himself short and Lynskey wound up dispatching him when Koon defended big blind and flopped open-ended against Lynskey's sneakily played aces — he had flatted an early opener.
The only player above Lynskey in the counts: Carlos Chadha. Chadha, coming off a career-best win of $163K at the 2018 Potomac Poker Open $2,500 Main Event in August, briefly hit nine figures before settling at 89,550,000 to end the day.
Paul Tedeschi (62,825,000), Joe Kuether (62,750,000) and bracelet winners Konstantin Maslak (61,375,000) and Diogo Veiga (54,300,000) are also in the upper echelons of the counts. Tedeschi already has one great result here as he got fourth in the $25,500 MILLIONS World event for $700,000.
The money bubble also burst on Day 3 in the early stages, with a stone cooler — Markus Pohl's kings into Roman Korenev's aces — signaling the tournament was in the money. In addition to Koon, some of those cashing included Brian Hastings, Cliff Josephy, Christopher Kruk, Alex Foxen, Matt Berkey, Ryan Riess and partypoker pro Joao Simao.
The event resumes at noon once again on Friday with 10 more levels on tap. Expect things to get down to the final couple of tables, with PokerNews on hand to bring periodic updates as the stakes continue to get higher.