PCA 2013: Vladimir Troyanovsky leads packed $25,000 High Roller

If at first you don't succeed, it will just cost you another $25,000 to try, try again.

Today marked the start of 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller, a $25,000 buy-in re-entry tournament that saw bullets flying in so many direction, it was impossibile to watch the prize pool number without getting motion sickness. By the time the day ended, there had been 198 entries including 42 rebuys for a prize pool worth more than $4.8 million. Eighty of those original players remain with Vladimir Troyanovsky (who you might remember from the Super High Roller final table) leading the pack headed to Day 2.

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Vladimir Troyanovsky

Do not get attached to those numbers, because--while we're posting this at nearly 3am--the figures will almost certainly have changed by the time Day 2 starts. Registration hasn't closed, the blinds are still quite manageable, and it would be no surprise to see new faces when we arrive back here in a few hours. It is--and you'll have to forgive us for this--as if we didn't even need to be here today.

Nevertheless, we're glad we were, because where else can you watch a collection of the world's top poker players build a prize pool nearing the $5 million mark and do their best to annihilate each other?

Among those Team PokerStars Pros with respectable stacks headed into Day are Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, and Team Online's Isaac Haxton.

You can look back on all the comings and goings from the day on our 2013 PCA High Roller live coverage page. There we have the chip counts and all the big hands from the day.

This event is a railbird's dream. Here's a look around the $25,000 High Roller as it happened.

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ElkY, Antonio Esfandiari, and a visiting Michael Phelps

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Eugene Katchalov

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The kind of massage a $25,000 high roller needs

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Dan Smith and Daniel Negreanu

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Humberto Brenes

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Super High Roller winner Scott Seiver who busted both his available entries today

Now we wait to see which the bust-outs will come back and if anybody new shows up. Based on the number of players in the field and the chance for others to show up, Sunday will likely be just as long or longer than today.

While you're waiting for everyone to come back, make sure you see all the big news from the day.

  • 2013 PCA main event live coverage
  • Russia wins World Cup of Poker IX
  • 2013 PCA side events and news
  • PCA women's event news
  • It's late, and Sunday will be a long one. So, good morning from Paradise Island. We'll see you in a few hours.

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    Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging