Players have reached the money in the Bahamas and only 173 of the starting field of 1,560 remain in contention in the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event. Leading the way is Adam Geyer, a man who has dominated the online poker world with three FTOPS wins. While taking down big major tournaments is apparently one of his most profitable character traits, he'll have a tough time as those that chase him and the $2.3 million for first are some of the biggest players in the game.
On Geyer's tail is 2003 WSOP main event champion Chris Moneymaker and 2009 main event fourth-place finisher Eric Buchman. Despite failing to cash in this event in 2010, Moneymaker was one of the leaders after Day 1. He plays best against those who try and prove something against him and well, that's basically the entire young field found at PCA. Buchman won his first bracelet in 2010 and continues to be one of the top pros that flies under the radar. Buchman's starting table on Day 3 included ESPN.com's Bernard Lee and 2008 November Niner Chino Rheem.
Another big name in the top 10 is David "Doc Sands" Sands. The member of the Brunson 10 made the final table of the first WSOPC Regional Championship a few months ago and made a deep run in the 2010 WSOP main event. He's brought home millions online, but only has a couple hundred thousand to his live cash record. With his solid position in this event, that is poised to change.
Other notables still in contention include Eric Froehlich, Dwyte Pilgrim, Faraz Jaka, Jake Cody, JP Kelly and $100,000 Super High Roller champion Eugene Katchalov.
Action will continue on Tuesday for six levels or until 48 players remain. ESPN.com will provide coverage on location, including blogs, podcasts and video, starting later in the day.
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