EPT10 Vienna: Theo Jorgensen swings into early chip lead

The €10,000 High Roller event at EPT Vienna today drew its customary bumper field. With a Main Event attracting more than 900 players, there was always a clear chance that we would see more than 100 high rollers when the stakes were doubled--and so it had proved by about an hour into late registration.

When they headed for their dinner after six one-hour levels, the tournament information board showed 126 entries. We won't be sure how many of those were unique players and how many were re-entries (each player has one optional second bullet) until registration is closed at noon tomorrow, but the 96 plus 19 of Deauville is already comfortably surpassed.

The Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen was on top of the pile as players sought their sustenance. Jorgensen had a typically swingy Main Event, has endured a couple of typically swingy sessions at the cash tables (take a look at his Facebook page for full details), but had swung into an early lead in the High Roller. He had close to 160,000 but we all know it could be double that or none of that come bagging time tonight.


Theo Jorgensen: Just like that, chip lead

They will play until about midnight, and there's full hand-by-hand coverage, including chip counts, in the panel at the top of the High Roller page.

It's a good field, as you might expect, featuring all the poker glitterati camped in Vienna this week. We've also been visited by some of the lesser-spotted top dogs. Do you remember Daniel Pidun, for instance, the player who didn't play any EPT tournaments except in his home town of Berlin, but then consistently ran deep when he did?


Daniel Pidun: Amazing ROI

Pidun actually won in the German capital the last time we visited, but good to his word hasn't been seen since. We haven't seen him once. However, he's here in Vienna, for the stop that is geographically closest to his home these days, and lo and behold he's running very well again.

Eugene Katchalov, fresh from a Eureka Main Event victory is playing, and going well. Dominik Panka saw out the first couple of levels in the EPT Live booth, but soon migrated to the tables to defend his title. His fellow PCA champion Dimitar Danchev is also involved and there are also a couple of very well fancied Spaniards.


Anton Wigg and Eugene Katchalov


Dominik Panka on commentary duties

As we say, keep abreast of all the action on the main High Roller page. We'll pick it up again tomorrow.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour