PCA 2012: Super High Roller & the need for speed
This introduction to the second day of the $100,000 Super High Roller needs a preface. It's important that you know we here at the PokerStars Blog appreciate our jobs a great deal. There are not many opportunities in life to watch men plunk down $100,000 (and in some cases double that) for a chance at winning a four-table poker tournament. It's quite a sight, and it would be fairly dense of us not to recognize how good we have it today. So, thanks to the people at PokerStars for putting on a great event and giving us the chance to see it happen. With that said, we're looking forward to a short day at work.
The $100,000 Super High Roller had 30 people sign up, two of whom put up rebuys, for a total of 32 total entries. Of those players, 18 survived to make it to Day 2. With Friday scheduled to play down to the final table, simple math tells us we don't require many eliminations before breaking for the day. As we prepare to begin this morning, Issac Haxton leads the field which still includes Viktor Blom, Erik Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel Humberto Brenes, Mike McDonald, Jason Mercier, Chance Kornuth, Galen Hall, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu. Sam Stein, Dan Shak, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Will Molson, Tom Marchese, Bertrand Grospellier, and Doc Sands (incidentally, those names are in order of their relative chip counts).
Now, like a pitcher in the middle of a no-hitter, we would give wide berth to the prospect of a short day on the job. Anyone heard mentioning it would be banished to a Jamba Juice run and forced to pay for the round. Today, however, we have some statistics to guide us, and if things go as scheduled, we can't see many ways in which this could turn into a long day*.
The second day of last year's event (in which there were 38 entries) only lasted five and half hours. Not only that, but the 2011 Day 2 began with 23 players, all of whom had started the tournament with 350,000 in chips instead of the 250,000 they got in 2012. This year, we have 18 returning. It should be a faster day, right?
Well, yes, it should. But there are always monkey wrenches. For instance, there is a rumor that the players want to play down to the money. That would mean play would continue until we reached five players who will be paid as follows:
We'll keep you updated on what they end up deciding. In any case, let's just look for a short day. It's really nice outside today, and we pasty-faced bloggers could use some sunshine.
We'll have live reports all afternoon (and, in the unlikely event it lasts so long, into the evening) on our Super High Roller live updates page.
*Yeah, I realize I've just committed the cardinal sin and will keep us here until 2am