EPT10 Grand Final: Welcome to the super Super High Roller

You can tell a lot about a man's integrity by the way that he dresses, and Garry Gates, the PokerStars Global VIP host, is a sharp as a hoodlum's shiv. So when Gates declares in a public forum that he anticipates a "record-breaking" field for today's €100,000 Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, it is worth paying attention. Gates knows.

This tournament, which will play out over three days here in Monaco, really is one of the most notable on the global poker calendar. It is the first of three showpiece events during the finale of the world's most prestigious poker tour, and it attracts the best and the most bountiful.

In addition to the dominant names on the various ranking tables in poker -- your Schemions, Iveys, Gruissems, Negreanus, etc. -- we will also be welcoming a sizeable contingent visiting from the gaming tables of Asia. Over recent years, Macau has played host to the biggest poker action on the planet, both tournaments and cash games, but some of those players have this week been lured away from the mystic east and to the other side of the world.


Richard Yong: Among the Asia-based businessmen here in Monaco

They have been promised an almighty cash game later tonight, much of which will screen on EPTLive, but they are going to need to dig down the back of the couch for €100,000 to join the tournament party before that. Remember, most Super High Roller events on the European Poker Tour cost a trifling €50,000, so this begins at double that already. It's a super Super High Roller.

Last year's version attracted 41 unique players and nine re-entries -- oh yeah, you can try again if the first (or, indeed, second, third, fourth bullets fly awry) -- for a prize pool of €4,851,000. Max Altergott, the 23-year-old German pro claimed the title, and €1,746,400. On the understanding that this will attract more players, one can assume all these figures can indeed be increased to describe what we're in store for this week.


Max Altergott: Defending champion

Play begins at noon, entry is open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, so stick with us all week. It's going to be a belter. Our first order of business will be to assess the field and see just who has found a six-figure brick of money. Stand by...

All the hand-by-hand action, including chip counts, will be in the panel at the top of the main Super High Roller page. We will have feature pieces below that.


The Super High Rollers arrive

Howard Swains
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