$10,000 Main Event
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Danchev Leads Final 21; Sabat Makes Top-40 Finish For Third Year In A Row

• Taso 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Dimitar Danchev
Dimitar Danchev

The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event continued on Friday as the remaining 59 entrants of a 987-player field returned for four more levels of action. After six hours of play, that field had been whittled down to the final 21. Leading the pack is Dimitar Danchev, who bagged up the chip lead with 4,080,000.

Danchev hit a heater late in the day, as evidenced by one of the last hands before bagging and tagging.

Another player who chipped up here on Day 4 was Owen Crowe, who eliminated Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov along the way. It happened when Katchalov open-shipped all in for his last roughly 305,000 from the button and Crowe, who was recently moved to Katchalov's table, flatted from the small blind. The big blind folded and the hands were tabled.

Katchalov: {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Crowe: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}

Katchalov was in dire straits and it got even worse when Crowe flopped a full house. The {8-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop left Katchlov looking for running sixes to stay alive. The {4-Clubs} turned and sealed Katchlov's fate in 29th place for $47,000. The meaningless {J-Spades} completed the board and Crowe was able to drag in a pot that boosted his stack to about 2.48 million.

In addition, Ryan Fair fared well on Day 4 starting in Level 20. It was there the 2010 SCOOP Main Event champion opened under the gun for 22,000 received calls from four other players, which meant it was five-handed action to the {2-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Spades} flop.

Two checks put action on Fair, who bet 65,000. Michael Malm folded, Darren Elias, who won the 2012 WCOOP $10,300 High Roller event, called from the button, and both blinds got out of the way, making it heads-up action to the {Q-Clubs} turn. This time Fair check-called a bet of 66,000, and then checked the {6-Clubs} river. Elias moved all in and Fair called off holding {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} for queens full. Elias then showed {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and watched some chips sent over to a tough opponent.

In the next level, Fair doubled through Elias again on a {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-} flop with about 70,000 in the pot. Elias had just bet 28,000 only to have Fair raise to 103,000. "All in," Elias said to put his opponent at risk.

"Call," Fair snapped to commit his stack of 499,000. Elias then flipped {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, but it was no good as Fair held {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}. The {3-Clubs} turn left Elias drawing dead, and after the {J-Clubs} was put out on the river for good measure, Fair was pushed the massive pot.

Unfortunately not everyone did so well on Day 4. Among those who fell were two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners Scott Clements (55th - $32,000) and Greg Mueller (40th - $39,000); circuit regular Andy Philachack (53rd - $32,000); recent WCOOP Main Event runner-up Ryan "TheCart3r" Carter (52nd - $32,000); Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (47th - $32,000); PokerStars Team Online's Tatiana Barausova (46th - $32,000); Day 2 chip leader and $10 qualifier Nicolas Godoy (42nd - $32,000); and 2001 WSOP Main Event champ Carlos Mortensen (36th – $39,000).

While many notables fell, a few managed to punch their ticket to the penultimate day including 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania; recent World Poker Tour Montreal champ Jonathan Roy; poker pro and noted commentator Olivier Busquet; one of the Mizrachi Brothers, Robert Mizrachi; and feared Europeans Yann Dion, Manig Loeser and Mikal Blomlie, just to name a few.

It’s also worth noting that Eddy Sabat is among the top 21, giving him a top-40 finish for the third year in a row—he took 30th in 2001 for $66,000 and 40th last year for $41,000. Will this be the year Sabat finally breaks through? If it is, he’ll have his work cut out for himself as he will begin Day 5 with a below-average stack of 714,000.

Day 5 is scheduled to kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday when the final 21 players will play down to the final table of eight. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action from the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Tagit: Dimitar Danchev

Official End-of-Day Counts

Dimitar Danchev bg 4,080,000 -20,000
Owen Crowe ca 2,500,000 -200,000
Ryan Fair us 2,496,000 -14,000
Yann Dion ca 2,296,000 176,000
Robert Mizrachi us 1,990,000 190,000
Michael Lipman 1,562,000 162,000
Andrey Shatilov ru 1,494,000 54,000
Joel Micka us 1,409,000 139,000
Matthew Reed us 1,375,000 215,000
Jerry Wong us 1,370,000 -74,000
Mikal Blomlie 1,356,000 6,000
George Clyde-Smith 1,336,000 -64,000
Joao Nogueira 1,204,000 -296,000
Anthony Borde fr 995,000 -315,000
Eddy Sabat us 714,000 4,000
Manig Loeser de 698,000 -152,000
Olivier Busquet us 593,000 -99,000
Darren Elias us 548,000 118,000
Guillaume Rivet 520,000 125,000
Jonathan Roy ca 406,000 46,000
Mohsin Charania us 140,000 2,000

Danchev Seizes Chip Lead; Eliminates Kelly

Dimitar Danchev gets a fist bump from Ryan Fair after winning the hand
Dimitar Danchev gets a fist bump from Ryan Fair after winning the hand

Dimitar Danchev opened to 40,000 from under the gun plus one. Ryan Fair called from the hijack and Patrick Kelly peeked at his cards from the cutoff. Kelly three-bet to 202,000, only to see Danchev come right back over the top for 460,000 after about 90 seconds. Fair threw his hand away and Kelly flat called.

The two saw {10-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} fall and Danchev continued for 360,000. Kelly then announced that he was all in. Danchev was in utter agony and mulled over the decision for more than three minutes. Eventually he called and learned he was well ahead.

Danchev: {K-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Kelly: {7-Spades}{6-Spades}

The turn was the {2-Clubs} and the river the {2-Diamonds}, ensuring that Danchev's kings held. He will now be the chip leader going into Day 5 with around 4.1 million in chips.

Dimitar Danchev bg 4,100,000 1,830,000
Patrick Kelly Ulkona

Tagit: Dimitar DanchevPatrick Kelly

Charania Crippled

Mikal Blomlie opened to 41,000 only to find Mohsin Charania three-bet to 123,000. Action came back around to Blomlie and he quickly announced all in. Charania called just as quick and the hands were shown.

Charania: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Blomlie: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

Blomie was way out in front and stayed that way on the {9-Clubs}{7-Spades}{A-Clubs} flop. Charania picked up a club flush draw when the {7-Clubs} hit the river. He was looking for a club or a queen to stay alive but found neither in the {4-Spades} that dropped down.

With this pot Charania is crippled down to 138,000 while Blomlie now sits on about 1.35 million.

Mikal Blomlie 1,350,000 560,000
Mohsin Charania us 138,000 -512,000

Tagit: Mikal BlomlieMohsin Charania

Crow and Shatilov Chop Massive, 2.8 Million-Chip Pot

It all started when Andrey Shatilov opened to 40,000 from under the gun. The action folded to Owen Crowe, who three-bet to 106,000 on the button, and Shatilov responded with a four-bet to 240,000. Crowe clicked it back, five-betting to 386,000, and Shatilov moved all in for 1.4 million. Crowe snapped it off.

Crowe: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Shatilov: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

With 2.8 million chips in the middle, the dealer rapped the tabled and fanned {2-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Spades}.

"Chop," Crowe joked.

"How would you feel about the king of spades?" Charania asked Crowe.

The turn was not a king, but it was a spade: the {7-Spades}.

The dealer rapped the table a third and final table, then spiked a fifth spade onto the felt. Ironically, it was indeed the {k-Spades}.

Shatilov grinned and extended his hand to Crowe, and despite being one card away from a monstrous four-million chip stack, Crowe graciously took it.

Owen Crowe ca 2,700,000 123,000
Andrey Shatilov ru 1,440,000 120,000

Tagit: Andrey ShatilovOwen Crowe

PCA 2013: Mohsin Charania Ignores Mad Marvin

• Taso 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

On Day 4 of the 2013 PCA Main Event, Mohsin Charania is in the hunt for the top prize of $1.86 million. He's got an impressive rail that includes the current Global Poker Index Player of the Year leader Marvin Rettenmaier, but Charania says he's just ignoring his advice.

Tagit: Mohsin Charania

Reed's Kings Take It

Eddy Sabat raised to 40,000 from the hijack and received calls from Matthew Reed in the small blind and Owen Crowe in the big.

The trio took a flop of {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and after two checks, Sabat c-bet for 21,000. Reed flat called and Crowe threw away his cards. The {3-Hearts} turned and prompted two checks. The {8-Hearts} hit the river and Reed came out with a bet of 115,000. Sabat tank called and then mucked after seeing Reed's {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. Reed now is sitting on about 1.16 million while Sabat has fallen to 710,000.

Matthew Reed us 1,160,000 200,000
Eddy Sabat us 710,000 45,000

Tagit: Eddy SabatMatthew ReedOwen Crowe

Rosen Out

Patrick Kelly opened to 50,000 from under the gun, Steven Rosen three-bet jammed for 276,000 from middle position, and Joel Micka called in the hijack seat. Kelly folded, and the hands were opened.

Rosen: {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Micka: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

The aces held as the flop, turn, and river produced {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{4-Spades}, eliminating Rosen from the tournament.

Micka, who was at 440,000 chips just minutes ago, now sits with nearly 1.3 million.

Joel Micka us 1,270,000 342,000
Steven Rosen Ulkona

Tagit: Joel MickaPatrick KellySteve Rosen

Last Level

• Taso 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

With three tables remaining, the tournament director has announced that this will be the last level of the evening. There are roughly 23 minutes remaining in Level 23, and 23 players remain.