PCA 2015: High Rollers rolling in on Day 1
A mid-afternoon look-in on the $25,000 High Roller for you, where there have been 184 entries already. Helping build that total, 10 players have busted and entered again so far, each having made sure to secure the cabbage first in order to do so.
It has been no surprise to see familiar faces at every table, including 2014 PCA Main Event champion Dominik Panka, Daniel Colman, Scott Seiver, Marvin Rettenmaier, Christoph Vogelsang, and WCOOP Main Event champion Fedor Holz.
Having finished the Main Event in 45th place, Ole Schemion has moved over to the High Roller -- although his balloon appears to have likely busted, too, as he's no longer carrying it.
Antonio Buonanno, Adrian Mateos, Ryan Riess, Faraz Jaka, Matt Salsberg, Sergio Aido, and David "Bakes" Baker are in as well, as is this year's Super High Roller champion Steve O'Dwyer.
Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has chipped up a bit during the first four one-hour levels in between keeping an eye on the progress of Ronaldo in the Main Event as well as his Brazilian squad -- of whom he is the coach -- in the Americas Cup of Poker.
Akkari's Team PokerStars Pro teammates Jake Cody, 2013 PCA High Roller champion Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Leo Fernandez, Isaac Haxton, and Liv Boeree are all taking part. Of those only Boeree has struggled early, having dipped to about 12,000 in the early going.
Will Molson -- who finished runner-up in the PCA High Roller in both 2009 and 2010, then won it in 2011 -- is also in the field, as is last year's champion Jake Schindler.
Daniel Dvoress was the first to be felted in early action, the Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy earning an early double-up in the same hand. Joe Keuther was the next player to cross the 100,000-chip mark, then Niall Farrell surged ahead of him to claim the early chip lead.
There's a long way to go, however, with six more one-hour levels tonight and late registration open until the start of play tomorrow. The option to enter a second and last time also remains open for those who bust today.
Last year's turnout of 247 total entries -- creating a prize pool of $6,051,500 -- set a standard for the event, so we'll keep an eye on whether the ever-growing field today starts to mount a challenge to that mark. Stay tuned.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.