EPT9 Grand Final Super High Roller: Wait, there's more...
Wait, wait, wait...yaaaaaawn...wait, wait...stretccccch...wait, wait...blink, breathe, rub those weary eyes. Welcome back to Monaco for what is in so many ways the morning after the night before.
Last night, the poker world, which has decamped to to the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort this week for this magnificent festival, got together to party in Zelo's nightclub on the beachfront in Monaco. Many were celebrating huge scores in the main event, including Jake Cody and Jason Mercier. The latter tweeted:
The Pokerstars party last night was one of the best I've ever been to... Had an amazing time.— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 13, 2013
Certainly that was the impression repeated by many, if they could remember any details of the night.
Many, of course, were nowhere to be found. Instead they had taken an early night in preparation for the €100,000 Super High Roller, which begins today in the Salle des Etoiles. The staggering line-up for the main event final table means that even this event might struggle to amass a group of players as sensational as that. But it's going to have a darned good go.
Some very, very exciting names have already registered: Daniel Negreanu, of course. Then there's Jonathan Duhamel and Mercier. Isaac Haxton, who crushed the big cash game here, is playing, plus last year's winner Justin Bonomo.
Also set to compete are Patrik Antonius, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett, Steve Silverman (fresh from his €25,000 High Roller win), plus Full Tilt Poker Professional Gus Hansen.
Add Scott Seiver, Talal Shakerchi, Dan Smith, Philipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier, Erik Seidel, Tony Gregg, Mike McDonald, John Juanda, Igor Kurganov, Fabian Quoss, Andrew Lichtenberger, Mike Watson, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Tom Marchese, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and we've got ourselves a tournament.
Play starts at noon, and we'll play eight one-hour levels. As usual, hand-by-hand details will be appearing in the panel at the top of the Super High Roller page, and our feature coverage will be beneath that.
Wake up! This will be a good one too.