EPT10 London: High Rollers reach the dinner break with Behbehani out to a contentious lead

As play approaches the dinner break in the High Roller event it's Salman Behbehani who leads, in somewhat acrimonious circumstances.

Behbehani, who began the day in the main event before he was eliminated in 27th position (£17,285), quickly hopped the rail and bought into the High Roller, where he took his seat on the same table as Daniel Negreanu.

The High Rollers gets down to business

The two clashed in a hand in which Negreanu showed pocket queens at the end. Behbehani announced he had deuces and it took a second for Negreanu to notice Behbehani had no such thing, and had in fact slow rolled him with a flush.

According to eyewitnesses Behbehani apologised to the Team Pro, but was laughing at the same time, which wasn't appreciated by Negreanu or the other players at the table

So while Negreanu was left to re-buy Behbehani set off towards the chip lead, an advantage cemented a little later when he sent Eric Sfez to the rail in less controversial circumstances.

The field is full of the usual characters you would expect. Alongside Negreanu the likes of Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier play - actually side by side at Negreanu's new table (following his re-entry). Barry Greenstein and Victoria Coren also play, as does Angel Guillen.

Eugene Katchalov

It's not just Behbehani trying to replicated Main Event success in the High Roller. Carla Sabini has done the same, as has Wai Kin Yong. It seems they believe in keeping a good thing going and have entered the toughest event on the day's card. But both are technically free rolling, Sabini having finished in 30th place (£14,940) and Yong in 44th (£11,435).

Others doing well include reigning Super High Roller champion Martin Finger.

Finger, who was among those gathered on the street outside at 9am today owing to a fire alarm at the neighbouring hotel, looked focused and fresh as he took his seat. His early progress has increased his stack to 160,000 at one point, although that was cut back a bit. Nobody has ever done the Super Duper High Roller Double, but Finger would hardly be an unlikely candidate.

In the meantime you can follow hand for hand action from the Super High Roller on our live coverage page. So far there have been 103 entries, of which nine have been re-entries. From that 88 players remain. Behbehani leads.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.

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