EPT11 Grand Final: Roll up roll up, two for the price of one
When the €25,000 High Roller wrapped up late last night there had been 160 unique entries - pipping last year's total by one - and 42 re-entries.
With late registration open until the start of play today the safest bet of the day was that they'd be plenty more re-entries before the first pitch of a card. The PokerStars Blog therefore decided to pitch up at the table where re-entries - and new entries - picked up their fresh stack of 50,000. Two chips for every euro, bargain!
First to arrive was Bryn Kenney, the American scored the first knockout on Day 1 when he eliminated Justin Bonomo, but was himself eliminated before the end of play. Next up was Mark Teltscher, first he received his chips and he was then invited to pick a seat card from those face down in the centre of the table. He picked one and then jokingly tried to exchange it for another. "Worth a try right?" he joked with the floor staff as he wandered off to his table. A cursory glance at the line-up helps to explain why he was so keen to change as he's seated with: Salman Behbehani, Oliver Price, Fabian Quoss, Ike Haxton, Sergio Aido and Vladimir Troyanovskiy.Tough crowd!
Whilst those in need of a fresh stack were rolling up to one table, at an adjacent table those who'd secured passage to Day 2 on Day 1 were finding out where the were sat and with whom. There was something delightfully old school about players having to look at a print out - either in chip order or table order - and Sorel Mizzi was one of those very keen on knowing who he was sat with. "The dealer at your table will have a slip with your seat draw on it, that'll probably be easier than sifting through," said a member of floor staff to Mizzi. Satisfied with this Mizzi wandered off to his table.
Back over on the new entry table a queue of the great and good of the game was forming as Eugene Katchalov, Thomas Muehloecker, Philipp Gruissem, Mustapaha Kanit, Tobias Reinkemeier (with a pot of tea) and Jack Salter were all in a line waiting to receive their stack and seats. They've got nearly $37M in lifetime winnings between them. As they were waiting Steve O'Dwyer walked past them he had no such need to get a fresh stack as he's the overnight chip leader.
Despite all their winnings none of the fresh entries would have it easy at their new tables and not just because their new stack equated to just 25 big blinds. The random seat draw is just one of the hidden luck factors in a poker tournament and this is what awaited some of the superstars at their new tables:
Bryn Kenney and Tobias Reinkemeier: Steve O'Dwyer, Christoph Vogelsang, Daniel Negreanu and Yury Gulyy
Philipp Gruissem: Dominik Nitsche, Mike McDonald, Dario Sammartino and Max Altergott
Eugnene Katchalov: Jean-Noel Thorel, Matas Cimbolas, Andrew Chen and Charlie Carrel
For some of the new entries/re-entries it was a short day as Riccardo Stevens and Fady Kamar both busted within the opening level. For Stevens it was a case of aces getting cracked. He had the bullets and committed his chips on a J♦T♥3♠ flop only to run into Yingui Li's J♦T♦.
The total number of runners has been confirmed at 215 of which 94 remain. We'll bring you the prize pool information as soon as we get it but expect the winner to get around €1,000,000.
Follow all the action from the €10,000 Main Event on the Main Event page. Also watch on EPT Live. The €25,000 High Roller also starts today, over on the High Roller page. It's also about time you downloaded the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS.