Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
The £10,300 High Roller kicked off today in the glorious surroundings of the Grand Connaught Rooms here in the centre of London as the creme de la creme of the poker scene looked to take the title won last year by Jason Lavallee.
After ten one-hour levels, it is Yann Dion who'll go into Day 2 as the chip leader after finishing with 363,300. Dion lost his first bullet very early on but made a resolute comeback to finish with the chip lead in a commanding position. Former WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos had a great start and was over 200,000 early on, peaking at 375,000, but the Spaniard had a bad last couple of levels and eventually finished up with 276,000 – which is still good enough for 2nd place at this point. In third is former EPT winner David Vamplew. Vamplew busted Talal Shakerchi in the last hand of the day and finished with 236,400, just ahead of Andren Chen (230,300) in fourth.
With the tournament allowing a single entry the players were very divided on whether or not stump up £10,300 a second time. Some, like PokerStars sponsored player Dominik Panka only had a single buy-in. Elsewhere, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov fired two bullets but came up short. Former EPT Barcelona winner Tom Middleton, Andrey Andreev, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Igor Kurganov all had similar stories with nothing working out.
Jason Mercier lost his first bullet to the chip leader Dion but stuck around with his second one, finishing the day with 42,400. Fellow Team Pro Liv Boeree jumped into the High Roller straight after a 27th place finish in the Main Event but despite a good start, she was eliminated after the dinner break. Johnny Lodden (109,300), Bertrand Grospellier (78,500) and Victoria Coren Mitchell (64,000) all made it through, as did PokerStars Team Online's Isaac Haxton (109,300). However, Mickey Petersen was knocked out in one of the very last hands of the day when his was pipped by Bryn Kenney's on a board.
Nosebleeders (in that they play nose-bleed stakes, not that they have nasal-based problems) Viktor Blom and Daniel Colman both turned up to play for the last couple of levels but neither could get anything going and both were eliminated within an hour, though both immediately rebought and are still in for Day 2. Elsewhere Patrick Leonard managed to get kings, aces and queens three hands in a row but lost both the first and third and was never able to get anything going after that, while former EPT Champion Nicolas Chouity and High Roller specialist Philipp Gruissem saw plenty of sparring throughout the day, attempting to one-up each other multiple times.
With entry still available until 11.45am tomorrow, there won't be a table draw or the completed prizepool until the tournament has restarted but even if no-one else enters, the tournament will still have had an increase on last year's 157 buy-ins.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back again tomorrow as the £10,300 High Roller event continues with Day 2 playing through the money and to the final table! With the restart at 12pm, we'll see you then!
All the money went in preflop with Mickey Petersen holding and Bryn Kenney holding . The cards ran out and Team PokerStars Pro Online Petersen was done for at the death.
We didn’t quite see when the money went in but David Vamplew with eliminated Talal Shakerchi who had . No eight for Shakerchi on the final board .
In what is not exactly shock news, Viktor Blom and Daniel Colman have bought back in to the tournament, as has Bryn Kenney .
Three more hands of play has just been announced.
Daniel Colman can’t win then all. Unless he re-enters and wins that is. Colman had got a little short and a shove with got looked up by Philippe D`Auteuil holding . The cards fell and Colman hurried for the exit.
Viktor Blom played a few small pot without much success so decided to change tack. Anatoly Filatov has a wide opening range and when he made it 3,500 from the button Blom jammed 38,000 from the small blind with an off suit . Filatov called with and took his chips.
Team PokerStars Pro Online Mickey Petersen was in the big blind and checked the flop to Sam Greenwood who bet 3,000. Petersen called and they saw a turn . Petersen check-called a bet of 5,000 which left Greenwood 13,000 behind.
The river was the and a check from Petersen saw Greenwood shove and Petersen snap him off with . Greenwood tabled his and headed for the door.
“He has to bluff.” the online wizard said.
What do you do when you've just finished fifth in a £1,000 buy-in event and it's coming up to midnight?
If you're Dominik Nitsche you jump in to the last half hour of the High Roller.
Philipp Gruissem opened the action for 2,600 and got a call from Viktor Blom on the button and small blind Agshin Rasulov.
It was cautiously checked down on a final board of . Gruissem won with and Rasulov laughingly turned over explaining he didn’t bet his draw on the turn because he was sure Gruissem would shove and he would have to fold. Blom laughed at Rasulov’s hand too saying that he’d have been crushed by it.