EPT10 Grand Final: Philipp Gruissem denies Schemion to lead Super High Rollers on opening day

As soon as players were busting today they were buying back in. There's something about the Super High Roller, the first day at least, that keeps the field growing, and the eliminations few. It's not that players bust, it's that they re-enter, nobody really wanting to pass up a shot at one of the EPT's biggest prize pools.

Some 48 players joined up today, 11 of whom re-entered. The 59 entries, and the most ever uniques, make this the biggest Super High Roller the EPT has ever hosted. Registration remains open until play starts tomorrow, so that figure may yet increase, but for now, as 38 players bag up for the night, it's Philipp Gruissem who has the chip lead, closing on 1,038,000 chips.

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Chip leader: Philipp Gruissem

The German took the lead almost at the bell. For most of the day it had looked like Ole Schemion was the pace setter -- and had he stayed that way the poker world could hardly say it was surprised. Since winning the EPT Vienna High Roller event last weekend he reached the final table of the Super Tuesday, and yesterday won the €10,000 satellite for a seat in the Super High Roller.

But a hand against Antonio Esfandiari during the last orbit would deny Schemion the advantage, leaving it with his countryman instead. Gruissem himself is hardly a surprise name when it comes to chip leads and events such as this.


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Staying focused: Gruissem in action today

Gruissem's lead once more comes against the cream of poker's crop. One need only look at those in the chase pack, ready return at noon tomorrow, to get the point. They include:

Chan Ping San -- 938,000
Daniel Negreanu -- 915,000
Ole Schemion -- 847,000
Vanessa Selbst -- 618,000
Igor Kurganov -- 617,000
John Juanda -- 547,000
Dan Cates -- 510,000
Christoph Vogelsang -- 404,000
Talal Shakerchi -- 317,000
Antonio Esfandiari -- 293,000
Phil Ivey -- 234,000
Erik Seidel -- 172,000


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Daniel Negreanu


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Phil Ivey

Of those several were in no mood to depart earlier than was needed, even when the rules of the game required it of them. Ivey, Chen Lei Zhou, Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst and Bertrand Grospellier were among a select group who re-entered today. Jeff Rossiter was a late arrival, having hopped out of the FPS event, he headed straight for the Super High Roller registration desk.


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Vanessa Selbst

The overnight list of official eliminations therefore reads like this:

Patrik Antonius
Bertrand Grospellier
Steve O'Dwyer
Mike Watson
Jonathan Duhamel
Elton Tsang
Sam Trickett

As of now they're all OUT. They have until play starts tomorrow to be IN again.
It proved an entertaining, if volatile day, kicked off under the Riviera sunshine this afternoon. We featured certain members of its all-star cast, and speculated on who might stick around to play a certain cash game later this evening.


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The sun shone on the tournament room today

We examined just how different these Super High Rollers are to the rest of us, forming what seems to be the world's most exclusive club, its first Spanish member being Adrian Mateos Diaz.

That's all from Day 1 of the Super High Roller. Play restarts at 12 noon tomorrow.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.