PCA 2012: Super High Rollers back to find a champion

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What we did expect when play resumed in the Super High Roller yesterday was that the action wouldn't take long to play out. We were right there. What we didn't expect though was that it would be Isaac Haxton departing in ninth place to leave a final eight.

Haxton was chipped up at the start but crashed out to Galen Hall at the bell. Now, with the dust cleared, the line-up looks pretty spectacular, a showpiece jamboree if you like showcasing the very best players in the world.

If you've missed everything up to now there's a first prize of $1,254,400 (and a Shambala Jewels bracelet) up for grabs. Each player stumped up $100,000 to play, or to put it another way, a new BMW. Or, in the case of Jonathan Duhamel, two BMWs.

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Jonathan Duhamel

Turns out Duhamel's decision to rebuy, if economically courageous, was also a prudent one, or will be if he can finish in the top five places. This may be the final table but we're still three places off the bubble, with fifth place worth $250,900. If Duhamel finishes then he'll be up fifty grand. But until then the remaining players each face a big hole in their 2012 accounts.

With Galen Hall leading, here's how those players will line up:

Galen Hall - 1,748,000 chips
Jonathan Duhamel - 1,336,000
Daniel Negreanu - 1,230,000
Viktor Blom -1,228,000
Dan Shak - 1,199,000
Scott Seiver - 556,000
Mike McDonald - 360,000
Humberto Brenes - 343,000

Live coverage of the final begins shortly on the PokerStars Blog where you can also find updates from the Main Event which starts today.