2014 PCA: Shankar Pillai leads Day 1b, field pushes past 1000

Shankar PillaiThe huge minimum guarantee of the 2014 PCA $10K Main Event was met as 710 players turned up for the Day 1b and Shankar Pillai ended in front. He has 173,900 chips and is in front of Day 1a leader Dylan Hortin by 10,000 chips. 475 players remained from the second flight of Day 1 and with entries still open, the organisers expect more entrants to turn up at the Imperial Room of Atlantis Casino in Bahamas.

Pillai who holds a WSOP Bracelet won in 2007 will be looking for a first EPT Title and is fairly ahead of Daniel Bavec(149,900 chips), Rens Feenstra(148,000) and Adalfer Gammarra(145,700). Among the other big stacks are Timothy Reilly (124,000), former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson (108,200), Dan Smith (71,200), Micah Raskin (58,500), and Fabian Quoss (65,800).

Notable poker players who were knocked out include Bertrand Grospellier, Michael Mizrachi, paul Volpe and Barry Greenstein. Registrations will go on into Day 2 and the two flights of Day 1 will combine and 670 players will take to the felt.