EPT11 Deauville: Five down, five to go in the High Roller
With deep stacks of 250 big blinds at the start of the High Roller tournament and late registration open until the start of Day 2 it's no surprise that the tournament got off to a slow start. Many players opted to arrive fashionably late, defending champion Dominik Panka showed up 15 minutes after play began which is practically on time when it comes to a poker tournament.
Those who did show up late would've missed the sort of hand that when dealt online leads to cries of 'rigged' but when it happens live it's just one of those things that, you know, happen. In a nut shell four players got dealt premium pocket pairs on the same hand. Balazs Botond (jacks) and Govert Metaal (queens) managed to escape with minimal damage but Raffaele Sorrentino couldn't pass his kings and lost out to Fady Kamar's aces.
With one re-entry available Sorrentino took up his option, whilst that pot means Kamar was vaulted towards the top of the chip counts. At time of writing his stack of 135,000 is second only to Artur Koren, the Pole is out in front with 160,000. Koren got his biggest boost when his aces toppled Jan-Eric Schwippert's big slick in a 60,000 chip pot. The German also took up the option to re-buy and he's among eight who have and he's in good company as Dimitar Danchev, Ivan Luca, Michael Tureniec and Vladimir Troyanovskiy are among those to fire a second bullet.
Some of the players who didn't get in to the High Roller from the off had a pretty good excuse, that being that they were still in the Main Event. However, both ElkY and Sergio Aido have hopped into this event since busting the Main Event in 31st and 21st place respectively. Aido's still on starting stack, whilst ElkY has slipped to 35,000.
Whilst ElkY might have dipped below starting stack it's been a decent start to the day for Davidi Kitai. The Belgian Triple Crown winner has already had side event success here in Deauville, capturing his tenth major tournament when he won the €2k NL Turbo Event. He's up to 110,000 and is joined in the six-figure club by: Joao Ribeiro (135,000), Andrey Andreev (135,000), Rhys Jones (125,000) and Dzmitry Urbanovich (110,000).
It's early days at the moment but with 97 entries and eight re-entries the field has already surpassed the number of unique entries from 2014 when there were 96 entires and 19 re-entries. Some of the other players in the field today are: Martin Staszko (64,000), Adrian Mateos (63,000), Michael Tureniec (60,000), Vicente Delgado (58,000), Artem Litvinov (57,000), Robin Ylitalo (51,000), Dominik Nitsche (50,000), Eugene Katchalov (47,000), Anton Wigg (45,000), David Vamplew (42,000), Jonathan Little (29,000) and Sylvain Loosli (27,000).
Just like yesterday, I got moved from a great table to an awful table. I am in the exact same seat as yesterday. I'm not expecting much luck— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) February 5, 2015
The high rollers will play 10 levels on Day 1 before returning for Day 2 at midday tomorrow, re-entry is open until play starts tomorrow.
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