EPT10 Grand Final: Kenney leads High Rollers at the break ahead of record all-star field
For the first session of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €25k High Roller event, the main story has been not who is playing, but who isn't. The number of entrants has continued to increase as the afternoon has progressed, requiring repeat editions of the official player lists on an almost half hourly basis. Now, as players gorge on great food at unaffordable prices, there follows some relative calm, with the field now steady at 132 - for now at least.
It also means that for today at least, the number is likely to go up rather than down. This being a re-entry event, high rollers have in the past proved reluctant to vacate their seats earlier than strictly required by the rules. No chips left? Simply cough up another €25,000, and keep the last moments of the EPT's tenth season alive for at least another day.
As play paused for a dinner break, Bryn Kenney led the field with 155,000 chips, some way ahead of Martin Finger with 110,000, and Byron Kaverman on 107,000. Rui Cao is the only other player with six figures. He has exactly 100,000.
With such a big field it would be a lengthy process to list all of those participating. It is perhaps easier to list those aren't. But no, they're all here.
You can find that list, which includes names like Blom, Negreanu and Grospellier, as well as all the action from the High Roller event through to its finish at 1am, on extensive live coverage page. There you'll also find the latest chip counts and key hands from the day so far.
If you're curious as to who has dipped into their pockets for another €25,000, so far 12 have done so. Artem Litvinov, who featured in our coverage, has one, so too the other Artem, Metalidi. Also Calvin Anderson, Fabian Quoss, Rono Lo and his son Isaac, Jean-Noel Thorel, Michael Bahig Youssef, Ole Schemion, Oleh Okhotskyi, Mikhail Smirnov and Winfred Yu. As the saying goes: In for a penny, in for fifty grand.
Already this event is bigger than that staged last year. In Season 9 there were 121 players, with 37 re-entries. It was won by Steven Silverman after a three-way deal with Anthony Gregg and Fadar Kamar, albeit after getting the agreement from the voice at the other end of Kamar's phone.
This year though Silverman is still in the Main Event, which you can follow here, and if he's itching to dive in and defend his title, it'll only come at his demise on the other side of the rail. So far his stack of nearly one million would make that unlikely.
All the hand-by-hand action, including chip counts, will be in the panel at the top of the High Roller page. Feature pieces will appear below that.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.