EPT10 Grand Final: The world's most expensive social club

And so, even though players began to bust almost from the start, the number of entries continues to go up, and what's more the busted players are still here.

It's easy to get the impression that, given the alternative, nobody really wants to leave. It would be like leaving a party early. Out there is just an expensive city with little to do or see, especially on your own. Better, surely, to play an expensive tournament instead and stick around for a while, with people you know. You might even win some money.

That, and possibly a view more serious points, goes someway to explain why the field continues to increase in size despite the eliminations. This is, after all, the world's most exclusive social club.


Current club chairman: Ping San Chan

To take just one example from the world of membership clubs, you might consider the package run by Exclusive Resorts. In comparison to a Super High Roller their membership fees are a pinch at $67,500 a year and for this you get the use of condominiums, castles and hotel suites all over the world. Of course, they do ask for a "deposit" of $4 million, but rest assured this is fully refundable should you resign your membership, or perhaps are unable to cough up another 67 grand.


Current club treasurer (up for re-election): Max Altergott

Perhaps this is actually more than even the Super High Roller might wish to pay, but then again is it? Membership of the Super High Roller club costs €100,000, with membership lasting at most three days, or sometimes just a matter of minutes. Spread that out over a year and that's more than $12 million. They're already paying even more.


Social Secretary Daniel Negreanu (right) with ordinary member Mr P. Ivey

And so Jonathan Duhamel extended his membership, as did Phil Ivey, Chun Lei Zhou, Antonio Esfandiari , Vanessa Selbst and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Their seats were reserved and their names re-entered into the club's membership books. For the moment at least.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.