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It was by far the shortest day in the young history of the PokerStars Championships, and it’ll take a long time to beat it.
Just 20 minutes in to the third level of play the target number of 16 players was reached on Day 4 of the main event in Panama City.
Play could have stopped at this point but it was decided to finish the level, which cost another four players their tournament lives
And so just 12 players will return for Day 5 of the first PokerStars Championship in Panama, led by Russian Denis Timofeev.
Kaverman, Yaroshevskyy Lurk
Timofeev and American James Salmon, last night’s surprise chip leader, battled for the chiplead all day although they never played a single hand against each other as they sat at different tables.
While the two comparatively low profile players have the biggest stacks, former GPI #1 Byron Kaverman looms large in third place on the leaderboard.
The American pro has already won more than $1.3 million this year alone after an incredible run in the Bahamas and is now on the way to his fifth final table since January.
Ukrainian Igor Yaroshevskyy, the dominating chip leader from the first few days, is also lingering around back in 10th place.
He could make things tricky tomorrow with an early double up.
The tournament will resume at noon local time tomorrow and play down to the final six.
PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Day 5 Chip Count
Robin Luca Wozniczek
Luis Alejandro Mata
Borrego, Ortiz Both Impress
While they haven’t made the final 12, two other names stood out among the crowd in Panama this week.
The Last Woman Standing was Jessica Perez Borrego, an amateur player from Cuba who lives in Panama City.
She managed to beat 94% of the field and eventually finished in 21st place for $16,080.
MMA fighter and Friend of PokerStars Tito Ortiz, meanwhile, who unsuccessfully tried to bust in the last hand yesterday, busted just before Borrego and then went out to wrestle a couple of sharks on the beach – or so we’re told.
Ortiz’s 22nd-place finish (out of 366 runners) was by far his career best although by the sounds of it that could change in the coming months.