Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The first day of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller went off on the opulent grounds of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort on Thursday.
Play started slowly just after 12:30 p.m. local time, with just six players on two three-handed tables, but filled up quickly with 56 total entries, including 12 reentries, by the time eight levels of play were through and 38 survivors bagged up.
Registration will remain open until 15 minutes before Friday's 12:30 p.m. restart, leaving the record of 71 entries for this event set last year as still a possibility, although a relatively unlikely one.
Argentinian high roller regular Ivan Luca got off to a hot start, almost doubling through Canadian Mike McDonald with a full house to take the early lead. He busted Daniel Dvoress with aces over queens soon after and kept things rolling throughout the day, holding the lead most of the way towards bagging 660,000.
However, a solid day from Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski saw him bag the chip lead on 921,000.
As previously mentioned, just 38 players survived the day, with Max Silver, Igor Kurganov, Mustapha Kanit, John Juanda, and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier among those building big stacks.
Of course, 2015 EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller champion Erik Seidel turned up in defense his title, and managed to push through to Day 2 as well.
In the meantime, Monaco resident Patrik Antonius turned up today, and appeared to be only one of a handful of players who busted, but did not immediately buy back in.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy left in a huff when hedge fund manager and recreational player Dan Shak hit a gutshot to bust him in one of the day's more entertaining hands. But even Troyanovskiy scraped together another €100,000 to take a second kick at this Super High Roller can.
Revenge would not come yet, however, as Troyanovskiy busted that second bullet nearing the end of the night and Shak bagged for Day 2, leaving Troyanovskiy with a decision on Friday morning regarding a third bullet.
Things should heat when play resumes at 12:30 p.m. local time in the battle for seats at the final table with some serious money up top and PokerNews will be there from start to finish.
Tune in then to see how it all shakes down in the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.
A Day 2 seat draw won't be released till start of play tomorrow, as players are able to register right till the tournament recommences at 12:30 pm.
The bagging was already in sight but Vladimir Troyanovskiy failed to reach the end of the day and advance to Day 2, unless he chooses to rebuy and take a third bullet in this tournament. Charlie Carrel three-bet to 33,000 on the button and Troyanovskiy then four-bet all in for what looked like 120,000 in the big blind.
The initial raiser folded and Carrel quickly called to take a flip:
Despite also picking up a flush draw, the Russian bricked on a board of and Carrel avoided a hit to his own stack on his second bullet.
After a raise to 12,000 and two calls, Timofey Kuznetsov shoved his last 70,000 and Igor Kurganov folded. Ibrahim Raouf called, then Salman Behbehani reshoved for around 220,000 from one seat over to receive a call by Raouf and create a three-way all in.
The board ran out blank with and the kicker played a crucial role to award the entire pot to Behbehani and bust Kuznetsov.
The clock has been stopped with 13:45 minutes left for level eight and five hands have been drawn before bagging and tagging takes place.
Joining the action on the turn, Sam Greenwood checked his option out of the big blind and Timofey Kuznetsov bet for 23,500 from the button was then called by the Canadian. Both players checked the river and Greenwood's was revealed first to see the Russian muck and drop back to 13 big blinds.
Justin Bonomo busted on his second bullet after five-bet shoving pocket tens into the pocket queens of Max Silver and the Brit also took down another nice pot shortly after to claim the top spot right now. Not too far behind are Mikita Badziakouski, Mustapha Kanit, Ivan Luca and John Juanda.
Charlie Carrel was the initial raiser but it would all be between Mercier and Shak post flop. The flop was and Mercier lead out from the big blind for 18,000. Carrel folded from the hijack, Shak called from the cutoff.
The hit the turn and Mercier now bet 38,000. Shak was again the one quick to call.
The completed the board and Mercier checked his option. Shak moved all in, putting Mercier to the test for his last 194,000. The PokerStars Team Pro huffed and puffed for some bit, but eventually called reluctantly with a pained face.
Shak showed and the pot went to Mercier as he tabled .
Haralabos Voulgaris and Charlie Carrel both also took the second bullet as well and the field size has increased to 56 entries including 12 re-entries.