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The second of the two starting flights of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event went down on Monday, as 470 players paid the $5,000 for what used to be the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Somewhere in the vicinity of 260 players lasted all the way through the night to make it to Tuesday’s Day 2. Coming out on top of Day 1B was James Juvancic with 271,800.

With that lofty chip total, Juvancic is also the overall chip leader heading into Day 2. Andrew Ryan also finished Day 1B with more than 200,000 chips, through his 224,300 is a far cry from Juvancic’s stack. Nobody from Day 1A topped the 200,000 chip mark, so Sunday’s chip leader, James Martyn, goes into Day 2 third on the leader board.

Juvancic ranks 361st on the Global Poker Index and has over $450,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings. His largest cash came this past August when he finished fourth in the WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event for $81,707. He also finished 136th in the World Series of Poker Main Event this past summer.

One player many had their eyes on during Day 1B was actor Aaron Paul, star of the hit AMC series, “Breaking Bad.” Paul recently participated in the Global Poker League as a member of the L.A. Sunset, the lone non-poker celebrity in the entire league. During Level 3, Paul had what was likely his most significant hand of the day.

Reporting from the turn, PokerNews relayed that on a board of 6-Q-7-5, Chino Rheem bet 1,675 chips, only to be raised to 4,000 by the Emmy Award-winning actor. Rheem re-raised to 10,000 and Paul called. Another 6 showed up on the river, prompting Paul to move all-in for his last 11,000 chips. Rheem called, asking Paul if he had “fives full.”

Paul flipped over his cards revealing that he did not have fives full, but rather Queens full, having flopped a set of Queens and then hitting the full house on the river.

Rheem, ever the loveable member of the poker community (NOTE: sarcasm), didn’t want to show what he had, but the dealer said he had to, according to the rules.

“Why? He fucked me,” said Rheem, who has never fucked over anybody in his poker career. Oh, no. Not at all.

Rheem showed 8-4 for a turned straight and now we all feel so sorry for him. Aaron Paul finished the day with 74,700 chips.

2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    James Juvancic – 271,800
2.    Andrew Ryan – 224,300
3.    Damian Steel – 165,000
4.    Jan Kralik – 164,900
5.    Mattias Priolo – 160,800
6.    Felipe Ramos – 156,800
7.    Mariano Martiradonna – 151,800
8.    Steve Kerr – 147,800
9.    Erling Voje – 140,800
10.    Valentin Messina – 139,900

2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    James Juvancic – 271,800
2.    Andrew Ryan – 224,300
3.    Brad Marsh – 173,200
4.    Damian Steel – 165,000
5.    Jan Kralik – 164,900
6.    Mattias Priolo – 160,800
7.    Andre Crooks – 160,400
8.    Felipe Ramos – 156,800
9.    Rodrigo Cordoba – 156,400
10.    Mikko Turtiainen – 155,100

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