Well, it's been quite a day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the longest one we've had to endure this week. After nearly 13 hours of action, the final table has been set in the Main Event, and it will be Faraz Jaka who's kept the yellow jersey, bagging up the biggest stack to lead the table into the finale. He's got 6.47 million, but both Kyle Julius and Xuan Liu are within one big blind of overtaking him.
The day began innocently enough with a measured and calm pace to the play. Slow, even. While the first three fell relatively quickly, the last 21 were in no mood to go home early. Hours passed and chip stacks began to draw closer to even, though, and in due course, the action picked up.
Jaka took a big tumble midway through the day when his ace-king ran into pocket kings, but he didn't appear rattled in the slightest. As the field shrunk, Jaka's aggression continued to build, and he was pounding away at his table as they began to get short-handed with less than 16 players left. In the end, Jaka essentially doubled up with very few showdowns over the final levels of the night.
Joining Jaka atop the counts are Kyle Julius and Xuan Liu, and it really was the three of them passing the chip lead around all day. Dutchman Ruben Visser did have his hands on the big stack for a short while, and his finishing count of 4.4 million puts him comfortably in fourth place and above the chip average.
Thanks to that long day, the average stack has grown a bit short, and there are less than 300 big blinds in play to begin the final table. Anthony Gregg will begin on the shortest stack with less than ten of those big blinds, but you'd be a fool to count him out just yet. Those with sharp memories know the name from 2009 when Gregg made it all the way to heads-up in this event before falling to Poorya Nazari in the final duel. He's got a shot at redemtion tomorrow, and there's still plenty of fight left in him.
The final table kicks off at 1:00pm tomorrow, but our coverage will begin at 1:40pm along with the live stream. Here's a look at the lineup card:
Thanks for sticking with us for the long session; we'll see you back here tomorrow afternoon to crown our 2012 PCA Champion!