Tobias Reinkemeier snatches Day 1 lead in PCA Super High Roller


The Super High Roller had all the trappings you'd expect from a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure opener. Like the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Day 1 at the PCA was a grand procession of the games' richest and finest players, each of whom, from the ranks of the wealthy both inside and outside of the game, paid $100,000 in the spirit of buoyant capitalism, to play the first event of its kind.

The Atlantis Resort

Their number, as the registrations were tallied this afternoon, reached 38. By the close that figure stood at just 23, and it was Tobias Reinkemeier leading the pack into Day 2. But only just.

Chip leader Tobias Reinkemeier

Reinkemeier finished the day on 896,000 chips, narrowly ahead of Daniel Negreanu on 848,000 and Bryn Kenney on 828,000. The German snatched the lead at the bell, his pocket jacks rivering a straight to defeat the pocket aces of Shawn Buchanan.

Daniel Negreanu

The day had started predictably, with a slow exhibition of poker that boasted an almost home game feel, players reunited after the Christmas/New Year break to have egos gently massaged. The early elimination of Koen Berendsen was the only blip in the festivities while the arrival of Viktor Blom turned a few heads, notably that of Vivek Rajkumar who would be on his right for the duration.

Viktor Blom

But Blom, who looked exhausted from the start having spent most of the last 24 hours on board jet planes, was among those on the rail, at least until the Main Event starts on Saturday. Blom (eliminated by Rajkumar) joined the likes of Scott Seiver, Tom Marchese, Bill Chen, World Champion Jonathan Duhamel and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier who were on the rail by the end of the day.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

At the same time Jason Mercier, James Obst, Humberto Brenes and Nick Schulman were putting good form to best use and will return tomorrow, as will Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. At stake is a first prize of $1,500,000 but with only five places paid we're still some way from the business end of this most exclusive of tournaments.

Jason Mercier in action

We won't get there tomorrow, but we will reach a final table. In the meantime fill your boots at the links below, featuring all of today's action while the overnight chip counts can be found here.

Level 1 & 2 updates
Level 3 & 4 updates
Level 5 & 6 updates
Level 7, 8 & 9 updates

We'll be back tomorrow at noon for the Day 2. If you're a student of German you can read the same coverage as above in that language, and if you're reading this on behalf of a German friend, point them to this link here. Our thanks also to Neil Stoddart who provided photos of today's action.

Chips, chips

One down, nine more days (and 46 events) to go. That's all for tonight. Join us again tomorrow.