EPT11 Barcelona: Roll up, roll up, stick your fifty kay on the table
Season 11 of the European Poker Tour is under way, and what better way to ease into the new term than with a €50,000 Super High Roller event. It's one way to separate the men from the boys, you can say that for it.
In truth, there's a lot more than that going on this afternoon, including the resumption of the record-breaking Estrellas main event, a €1,000+€100 buy-in tournament that promises a prize pool of similar size to the Super High Roller.
There will be at least 2,343 players in that, which is more than at any other PokerStars freezeout tournament the world over. It's Day 1C today, and we'll dip in and out as the day progresses to keep up to date.
But back to that Super High Roller event, which began at noon. This has rapidly become one of the most sought-after titles in the world of poker, with what promises to be a glittering line up.
Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst are already confirmed, flying the Team PokerStars Pro flag. Meanwhile, Martin Finger, Scott Seiver, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott and Dan Smith are also in the building, each of whom already has a Super High Roller title. Nobody has ever won two*.
Jorryt van Hoof, chip-leader at the World Series of Poker Main Event, is also going to warm up for his appearance in the November Nine with a Super High Roller debut. In addition to Altergott and Quoss, the German contingent is also swelled by Igor Kurganov, Tobias Reinkemeier and Ole Schemion, beginning the season after the season before. (One suspects Philipp Gruissem might show up too.)
We can also add to the list the likes of Erik Seidel, Talal Shakerchi, Dan Colman, Martin Jacobson, Dan Shak, Scott Seiver, Bryn Kenney, John Juanda and Mike McDonald. You know who to expect -- maybe even Lunkin, last year's champ.
You may have heard that this is the 100th EPT event, and there will be celebrations throughout the week. We will, of course, keep up to date on most of those too. In the meantime, it's time to take a look at the Super High Roller page, where you'll find all the action from the day.
There's hand-by-hand coverage, including chip counts, in the panel at the top and feature coverage below that. You can look at the schedule for this event over on the European Poker Tour page.
*Come on, we've got to have some "two-time champion" preoccupation to keep us busy in these post-Coren-Mitchell days.