EPT10 Grand Final: Early to bed for the Super High Rollers

There was a cash game last night in Monaco. It featured a few players you may have heard of before. There was the British businessman Paul Newey, the Malaysian million(billion?)aire Richard Yong, the poker pros Alec Torelli, Christian Vogelsang, Dan Cates and Isaac Haxton. Oh, and a man who goes by the name of Ivey.


Paul Newey: Comfortable in the cash game


Daniel Cates and Isaac Haxton


A man named Ivey

What's most remarkable about it, however, is not the hundreds of thousands of euros on the table. (That's only to be expected when those guys meet up.) It's more surprising that at 2am, when the EPTLive coverage ended, so did the game. The players stacked their chips into racks and took them to the cage to cash out. They would play no more.

The reason was that all seven of those players have another appointment today in the Salles des Etoiles in the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. It's Day 2 of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller event, and it starts at noon.

With more than a million euros up for grabs to the winner, a good night's sleep is mandatory. Even Haxton, who knows a good deal about playing big cash games and playing them for a long time, was safely ensconced in his room with only a cheeseburger for company.

From a starting stack of 250,000 chips in the Super High Roller, Haxton bagged up 560,000 last night. (We're talking tournament chips here again, by the way. No. Cash. Value.) That left him ninth out of the 38 players who still had chips at day's end, some way behind Philipp Gruissem's 1,038,000 but some way clear of Mohsin Charania, for example, who had 70,000 when play was done. This is a sharky field par excellence, with the likes of Daniel Negreanu also very well stacked.


Daniel Negreanu: Stacked with 915,000

But even Charania can claim some kind of victory, at least over 11 others who were knocked out and forced to reload. Among them, Chun Lei Zhou and Vanessa Selbst returned to the action with great success, steering their second stacks to 692,000 and 618,000 respectively.

Registration for this tournament is open until start of play today, and there are rumours swirling the Principality that we may have a couple of new entrants in our midst. Someone mentioned the name Hansen -- unconfirmed as yet -- and who knows who could walk up and play today.

All the action from the day is on the main Super High Roller page, including hand-by-hand action in the panel at the top, where you'll also find chip counts. We'll discover the Day 2 seat draw after registration is closed, and then we'll also see the payout schedule. You'll be able to watch action from one of the tables on EPTLive.

This is already the largest Super High Roller field ever assembled, both in terms of unique players and total entries. The idea today is to play to a final table of eight. Stick with us.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour