While everyone's starting stack in this event has been classified a monster, one player actually used his Day 1 starting flight to build what can truly be called a monster stack.
Pierre Calamusa came into the day with 243,000 and a huge chip lead as the only player over the 200,000 mark. The Frenchman has since crested 300,000 and PokerNews decided to watch him for an orbit to see his secret. It was a lesson in power poker to say the least.
Calamusa folded the big blind to a 2,800-chip raise, but when it folded to him in the small blind on the next hand, he made it 3,000 to go. The big blind defended, but folded to a 3,000-chip c-bet on the flop. Calamusa showed .
It then folded to Calamusa on the button and he picked up the blinds and antes with a 2,600-chip open. Then things got interesting.
Calamusa joined another player calling a 2,700-chip early position open. The button also called and after the blinds folded they went four-handed to the flop. The early position aggressor pushed in for 8,600 and after one fold, Calamusa called. The button also called. The turn brought the and after Calamusa checked, the button pushed in for 18,700.
Calamusa folded and the button ended up winning the pot with turned trip fives.
Calamusa picked up the next hand with a 2,400-chip early position raise, but folded to a 2,500 open after asking how much the player had behind on the hand after that.
He began to get a massage from a therapist before the next hand started and after the player to his right raised to 2,500, he picked up the pot with a little power, making it 6,400 total and forcing a fold.
He open folded the next hand in early position, but under the gun he found cards to raise with, making it 2,400 again. The player two to his left came over the top for 4,600 total, but when it folded back to Calamusa, he slid out a stack of 5,000 chips and announced all in.
His opponent folded and Calamusa found himself on some 325,000 and still in the lead after the orbit.