PCA 2013: Gruissem leads Super High Rollers as door closes on re-entries

Philipp Gruissem leads the $100,000 Super High Roller coming into the second day of play, having bagged up 771,500 at the close. It's a position that the German has become accustomed to in the past few years. Since 2011 he has won a €10k event in Barcelona, and the €20k high roller in London. Shortly after that he reached two more €10k finals before finishing third in the high roller at the EPT Grand Final. Take a look at his tournament record. When Gruissem cashes, he cashes big.

With that reputation in place it would be unwise to bet against him, were there the facility to do so. But then this is a Super High Roller. You can say that about most of the 37 players returning today.

As the closing bell sounded last night it seemed Scott Seiver, who bagged up 729,000, had done enough to lead; that is before Gruissem emerged. Dan Shak also profited in the last level to rest in third place, albeit more than 100,000 behind the leader with 650,000. The full list of runners, and their counts, can be found on our live coverage page.

Philipp Gruissem

The final tally of those runners was 57, or more accurately 47 players with ten re-entries. It created the impression that it was impossible to bust someone. Like Mike Myers and Glenn Close, players sent to the rail in the most brutal fashion simply got up from off the floor and came back, albeit in a different seat or, in the case of Bryn Kenney, different clothes.

That though will change today. At 12 noon the option to re-enter (or register) will be withdrawn. Those who are in will be in, while those who are out will remain out. At last the number of players remaining will begin to fall, and keep falling until just eight remain for the final table tomorrow.

That finale will coincide with the start of the main event tomorrow which should remove the air of expectation that currently clings to the walls - a tournament room full of tables and chairs but without the players to fill them. That will change tomorrow.

Here is PokerStars Head of Blogging Brad Willis with Sarah Grant breaking down today's kickoff.

For now you can follow the action from the second day with regular features and a live coverage feed which you'll find here. Play begins at 12 noon. Got a hundred grand and feel like playing some poker? You still have a few minutes to get here and register.

Table 1
1. Phil Ivey, USA, 246,500
2. Daniel Alaei, USA, 488,000
3. Jonathan Duhamel, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro, 314,000
4. Bill Perkins, USA, 235,000
5. Vanessa Selbst, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, 382,000
6. Noah Schwartz, USA, 334,500
7. Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany, 433,000
8. Erik Seidel, USA, 311,500

Table 2
1. Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia, 426,000
2. Ashton Griffin, USA, 232,500
3. Eugene Katchalov, Ukraine, Team PokerStars Pro, 514,500
4. Isaac Haxton, USA, PokerStars Team Online, 59,000
5. Cary Katz, USA, 166,000
6. Olivier Busquet, USA, 91,500
7. Tom Marchese, USA, 638,500
8. Jason Mercier, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, 502,500

Table 3
1. Dan Shak, USA, 650,000
2. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, France, Team PokerStars Pro, 389,000
3. Vivek Rajkumar, USA, 608,500
4. JC Alvarado , Mexico, 152,000
5. Tom Dwan, USA, 295,000
6. Antonio Esfandiari, USA, 432,000
7 Steve O'Dwyer, USA, 527,500

Table 4
1. David Sands, USA, 505,500
2. Jason Somerville, USA, 604,500
3. Justin Bonomo, USA, 140,500
4. Michael Watson, Canada, 419,500
5. Nick Schulman, USA, 580,000
6. Tony Gregg, USA, 344,500
8. Philipp Gruissem, Germany, 771,500

Table 5
1. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Canada, 247,000
3. Tim Adams, USA, 462,000
4. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, Team PokerStars Pro, 238,000
5. Scott Seiver, USA, 729,000
6. Fabian Quoss, Germany, 302,000
7. Sam Stein, USA, 203,000
8. Gregory Jensen, USA, 302,500

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter