PCA 2012: From 56 to 8 as High Rollers return

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There was a touch of the old school to the $25,000 High Roller event yesterday. First the price tag was enough to make civilians wince. Then there was the line-up, the proverbial who's who of poker with enough swagger to shake a building to the ground. Then there were the hours, the 11 levels and a 2am finish. You don't get more old school than that.

Years ago this was normal for an event of this magnitude. Now, in the era of fewer lunch breaks and an resort with 40 bars to explore, there tends to be more free style worked into the schedule. Unless you're a high roller who likes to see the sun coming up.

That said it'll be worth it when play restarts, the 56 remaining players some of the weightiest in the game when it comes to earnings, led by chip leader last night (this morning), Nick Yunis.


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Nick Yunis, the rebound kid


If you haven't already read, Yunis' story from high-roller-to-rail-to-high-roller-chip-lead is almost impossible to believe, were it not all absolutely true. You could almost say the same for second placed Bill Perkins who among others eliminated Viktor Blom yesterday, to be close to the lead.

With the final table tomorrow televised it means no mercy today. We expect another late night as only eight players can return tomorrow. They should be a great eight, if only a little tired.

For now the room is abuzz with several events either starting or continuing today. Beyond the high roller the World Cup of Poker begins today while the big attraction will be the main event final table which starts at 1pm and will be available to watch on PokerStars.tv albeit with a 40 minute delay.

It's set up perfectly; with any of the eight finalists boasting a great story should they prove victorious.

Hole cards, the lot. Don't miss it.