Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The 2013 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London £10,000 High Roller began late this afternoon at 4 p.m. local time. That gave players enough time to have their bangers and mash, fish and chips, or anything else from any number of the restaurants that are dotted around the bustling capital of England.
Eight levels was the order of the day, with a one-hour dinner break nicely placed in the middle. So far, there have been 127 entries, and a third day for this event is probably a necessity after it was originally slated for two — players will have until 11:45 a.m. to register tomorrow morning. At the end of the day, it was the man who has been in quite the form as of late, the man in the hat, Paul Volpe. He finished the day as chip leader with 239,000 in chips. He won an early pot against former EPT winner Martin Finger, then never looked back.
End-of-Day Chip Counts for Day 1
Throughout Day 1, there were a healthy number of re-entries. Bryn Kenney busted his first stack in only his second hand and became one of many players who had to fire two bullets at this event. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was another such player after calling off his stack and running into Dan O'Brien's set of fours. Marvin Rettenmaier and Anton Wigg also busted their first bullet, the latter had made a big move against the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Dimitar Danchev. but the Bulgarian managed to call the bluff.
Jonathan Duhamel was unlucky enough to fire both bullets, but came up empty twice. First, he lost with a straight flush draw against Volpe's set, and then his second bullet proved a dud against Vanessa Selbst.
For some players, like Toby Lewis, David Gent and Tony G, one buy-in lost was enough, and they were among those eliminated before play was over. Max Silver suffered a horrible set-over-set altercation against Salman Behbehani early on and also didn't reload. Selbst also seemed to decide that she didn't want to re-enter after turning top pair into a bluff on the river against Yann Dion's overpair.
Elsewhere, players such as Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Mike "Timex" McDonald and Max Greenwood all leapt straight into the High Roller after their eliminations today from the Main Event. There's no rest for the wicked, particularly as the former two began goading each other across Twitter with each sizable pot lost resulting in a healthy amount of needling from the other.
Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren had an interesting day. She got off to a great start boosting herself up to around 90,000 before the dinner break before missing the first 30 minutes of Level 5. The reason? She'd managed to lock herself in her own house and had to get help from the neighbors to get back out again. Coren spent the latter part of the day debating the existence of badgers with Albert Daher while also winning a decent pot against him towards the end of the day to push her stack above the 200,000 mark.
Sam Trickett, one of the best known high-stakes players in the UK, was about to finish the day with 90,000, but then got cold-decked in two of the final four hands to get eliminated. He tweeted that it is unlikely that he will get up and reload for the restart tomorrow.
A few of the nose-bleeders still remain, though, with both Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz late registering this event. They've both made it through to the second day alongside JC Alvarado, Scott Seiver, Kevin MacPhee and Fabian Quoss.
Again, there could still more entries tomorrow as players have until 11:45 a.m. to register for the tournament, and we'll keep you posted on the field size. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back on Friday at 12 p.m. GMT for the second day of the High Roller event, so you'd better join us.
An unofficial list of chip counts is coming along with a recap of the day's events.
Faced with a large river bet from Albert Daher on a board of , Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren made the call. Coren showed for two-pair, which was good enough to take down the pot.
Jason Mercier was just moved to Mike McDonald's table as he was being eliminated. He quickly fired off this tweet:
Just got moved to @MikeMcDonald89 's table just in time to watch him run QQ into AA #comeuppance #showersMarch 14 2013Follow
McDonald has since re-entered:
Max Greenwood has been eliminated, we didn't see his hand (naughty dealer!) but he couldn't beat Davidi Kitai's on an board.
Ville Wahlbeck opened to 2,200, Philipp Gruissem called on the button, and Mike Watson three-bet to 10,200 from the big blind. Wahlbeck folded, Gruissem called, and the flop fell . Watson led out for 8,000, and in a flash, the two were all in.
We were checking up on an adjacent table while it happened, so we're not sure if Gruissem raise-called or just jammed, but we do know that the hands looked like this:
Gruissem muttered something about Watson having the worst possible hand, and the turned. The bricked on the river, and Watson won the pot, doubling to 115,000 chips.
Gruissem was left with just 16,000.
Marvin Rettenmaier has reloaded while Luke Schwartz has arrived in time for the last level of the day.
Faraz Jaka check-called a bet from Mohsin Charania on a board of . The river brought the , Jaka checked again, and Charania moved all in for 17,000 - about a pot-sized bet.
"Do you have something?" Jaka asked.
"I have something," Charania returned.
Jaka eventually called, prompting his friend to show for top two-pair. Jaka mucked, leaving himself with 33,000 chips, and Charania now has 63,000.