Calvin Anderson Bags Massive Stack on Day 1b of partypoker’s $25,500 MILLIONS World Event
13 November 2018
PokerBrave (1135 articles)

It was a much busier day inside the convention center at the Baha Mar Resort in the beautiful Bahamas for Day 1b of the $25,500 MILLIONS World. The players came out in waves for what could be one of the biggest Super High Rollers ever, and it’s all happening at partypoker’s Caribbean Poker Party.

There were over 200 entries throughout the day, capping out at 205 and just 134 players surviving.

When all the dust settled, Calvin Anderson (lead photo) emerged as one of the big stacks heading into Day 2 with 3,700,000 chips. The sudden jolt up the leaderboard came on the backend of a double knockout where he eliminated Sorel Mizzi and Ognjen Sekularac. Anderson had the big blind special, nine-deuce, and made a full house against two premium hands to take over the lead. He sailed to the finish from there and will be in a great position when Day 2 starts.

The American’s three biggest scores have all come at the World Series of Poker with two of those being gold bracelet victories. A deep run in this high roller event could be an impressive score to add to his resume of over $2.1 million in live tournament career earnings.

Anderson had to deal with Geraldo Cesar at his table, and both players held two of the bigger stacks of the tournament heading into the last level. They battled it out in a couple of hands with Cesar coming out on top both times and taking over the chip lead. Cesar is a bit unknown to the poker world and especially the high roller scene, with just $40,000 in career earnings. Most of his tournament cashes have come here in the Bahamas or his home country of Brazil. Cesar will take the overall chip lead into Day 2 with 4,315,000 in chips.

Position Player Country Chip Count
1 Geraldo Cesar Brazil 4,315,000
2 Calvin Anderson United States 3,700,000
3 Javier Zapatero Spain 3,465,000
4 Jerry Wong United States 3,410,000
5 Kathy Lehne United States 3,195,000

There was a much bigger buzz in the building when the action got underway with over 40 players taking their seats at the start of play. That number continued to rise at a rapid pace and within no time, the field for Day 1b escalated over 100 entries.

Ali Imsirovic broke out into the early chip lead with some dominating poker. However, he faltered in the latter half of the day and will head into Day 2 as one of the shorter stacks.

One of the most exciting hands of the day came in the result of King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik. There was a three-way all in on the flop with Tsoukernik on the short stack. Tsoukernik’s three-four suited turned a straight and he held on for a triple up. That gave the high-stakes businessman all the confidence he needed to build a healthy chip stack of 3,005,000 heading into Day 2.

Some other big names to make it through include Mike Leah (2,775,000), Matt Berkey (2,640,000), Seth Davies (2,625,000), Rainer Kempe (2,510,000), Ryan Riess (2,415,000), and Richard Seymour (1,100,000). partypoker pros who found success at the table were Joni Jouhkimainen (1,350,000) and Sam Trickett (1,000,000).

Late registration will remain open for the first four levels of Day 2 to give any of those that were eliminated a couple more chances to run up a stack. The chips are expected to be flying around a rapid pace right from the get-go with everyone given the opportunity of potentially two more buy-ins tomorrow. There are a total of 282 entries from the Day 1 flights, and with a massive $10 million guaranteed prize pool looming, it provides a great incentive for many players to take a shot at glory.