As the last chips were bagged on Day 2 of the 2008 PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure, Eric ‘Rizen’ Lynch overtook Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier for the chip lead when his pocket Kings held up against an opponent’s nut flush draw. Lynch’s big hand left him on top of the Day 2 survivors, including Grospellier, Julian Thew, David ‘the Dragon’ Pham, Thierry Van Den Berg and Rhett Butler. At the end of Day 2, the top ten chip stacks looked like this -
Eric Lynch - 526,900
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier - 435,000
Peter Jetton - 401,800
Jonathan Friedberg - 372,700
Julian Thew - 372,500
Bryan Colin - 354,200
Frederic Age snap - 341,000
Tyler Dickinson - 341,000
Cero Zuccarello - 326,700
Jared Mahoney - 326,300
William Thorson - 311,000
159 players survived Day 2, with the money bubble set for the top 120. First place prize money was announced at $2 million in the event, which broke all attendance records for the tournament. Team PokerStars had several players survive Day 2, including Grospellier. Joining ElkY on the leaderboard were Barry Greenstein, Hevad Khan, Victor Ramdin and Andre Akkari. Day 2 didn’t go as well for 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker and teammates Daniel Negreanu, 1983 World Champion, Tom McEvoy, Isabelle Mercier and 2006 PCA Champion Steve Paul-Ambrose.
David Wells was the celebrity story of the tournament, making a strong showing on Day 1s after getting a few pre-tournament lessons from PokerStars pros Daniel Negreanu and Greg Raymer. Wells didn’t find any help from the bullpen on Day 2, and went out in the middle of the day. Other notable eliminations on Day 2 included Thor Hansen and Josh Arieh.
Day 1a chip leader Ryan Collett went out late in Day 2 on a self-described “very strange hand.” After nursing a short stack for most of the day, Collett raised from late position with . One opponent called from the button, and the flop came down 10-7-4 with two diamonds. With the flush draw and open-ended straight draw, Collett check-raised when his opponent fired. The button re-raised, and Collett pushed all in over the top. The button called and tabled pocket threes for the under pair. Collett had 21 outs twice with any six, jack, eight, nine or diamond on the turn or river, and when the board blanked out, his opponent’s threes were good to send the online qualifier from Colorado to the beach to enjoy the rest of his vacation.