Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event kicked off with 175 players at the tables and five levels of action reduced the field to 78 survivors. Igor Yaroshevskyy opened up a huge lead over the field with 745,500 going in his bag, but UFC Legend Tito Ortiz proved he’s more than knuckles and elbows by bagging up in the top five.
Second-in-chips Denis Timofeev finished with 569,000 and American grinder Caufman Talley follows. Steve O’Dwyer, Mark Radoja and Erik Cajelais all finished the day with above average stacks.
Ortiz chipped up early in the day after flopping a full house holding pocket eights. Ortiz got two streets of value against Pouliout Serge before he mucked on the river.
The prize pool came in at $1,775,100 for the top 71 finishers. The min-cash comes in at $7,720, a trip to the final table locks up $35,920 and the winner earns $293,860 for the inaugural Panama Championship title.
Day 3 kicks off at noon local time with the money bubble looming over the field. Davidi Kitai and Jason Koon are two of the shortest returning stacks. Kitai nearly busted late in play, shoving with eight seven suited and got a courtesy double up from Luis Perez holding deuce five.
Top Ten Chip Counts
1. Igor Yaroshevskyy – 745,500
2. Denis Timofeev – 569,000
3. Caufman Talley – 546,000
4. Tito Ortiz – 270,500
5. Vincent Allevato – 256,500
6. Pablo Gordillo – 254,500
7. Pedro Romanzo Pollino – 244,000
8. Eduards Kudrjavcevs – 237,000
9. Jessica Perez Borrego – 235,500
10. Kenneth Smaron – 234,500