PCA 2015: McDonald and Mercier continue streak, but can Seiver topple Colman?
In Prague last month, as the Czech capital hosted its first ever Super High Roller tournament, we took an in depth look at previous events under the SHR umbrella to find out who has done what when the stakes are highest. The counting and calculating was done before the final table played out (won by Leonid Markin) and so our figures have now been updated to encompass results from Hilton Prague.
Furthermore, this week in the Bahamas we have witnessed another enormous Super High Roller event, the biggest ever in this venue, as another 50 players sat down to contest a prize pool of more than $6 million. A few players we have never seen on the biggest stage joined the fray, as well as a host of regulars, and our number crunching has revealed the following Super High Roller facts.
Streak watch: Both Mike McDonald and Jason Mercier played the event in the Bahamas this week, meaning the two of them continue their record of having played all 13 such events over the past four years. With Tobias Reinkemeier missing from action on Paradise Island, and Daniel Negreanu skipping Prague, Mercier and McDonald are now two appearances clear of any other player.
Number of appearances: 13 - Mike McDonald, Jason Mercier; 11 - Tobias Reikemeier, Daniel Negreanu; 10 - Dan Shak, Erik Seidel, Bertrand Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel.
Unloading the blunderbuss: Super High Roller events offer the chance for unlimited re-entries, and all those deep pockets are often dipped into if and when things do not go according to plan on the first day. Having re-entered here in the Bahamas, McDonald has now fired 16 bullets at Super High Roller events, matching Negreanu's tally. However Philipp Gruissem, who has played only nine events, has also fired 16 bullets.
Number of bullets fired: 16 - Mike McDonald, Daniel Negreanu, Philipp Gruissem; 15 - Tobias Reinkemeier, Jason Mercier; 14 - Jonathan Duhamel.
200 up: Six players in the Bahamas this week are playing their first ever Super High Roller event, meaning 200 players total have now sat down in at least one of these tournaments. The newcomers here were Roger Sippl, Sean Winter, Carlos Chadha, Donald Rae, Byron Kaverman and Zhou Zhou. Of those players, only Roger Sippl remains in the hunt for debut victory.
Markin makes his mark: Leonid Markin made his Super High Roller debut at EPT Prague and took down the event for €771,360. He won that tournament having fired only one bullet and, as a result, takes over at the top of the "Average Win Per Bullet" leader board. The previous leader on that table, Rono Lo, fired his only Super High Roller bullet en route to fifth place at the 2014 EPT Grand Final and €493,340.
Average win per bullet: Leonid Markin, €771,360; Rono Lo, €493,340; Nick Schulman, €463,377; Daniel Cates, €427,900; Vitaly Lunkin, €385,650.
Seiver surrenders his perfect record: Scott Seiver has played ten Super High Roller events, including this week in the Bahamas, and has amassed winnings of €2,253,919 - the second most of any player, behind Daniel Colman. Before the tournament here, he has never before re-entered, but after it all went awry yesterday, Seiver dipped into his bankroll for a second time and re-entered one of these events for a first time.
One bullet wonders (played at least five SHR events: Six events, six bullets: Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Tom Marchese; Five events, five bullets: Eugene Katchalov, Viktor Blom, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dani Stern.
The Super-Men of the Super High Rollers: Despite a whiff in this event, Daniel Colman still tops the money list in EPT/PCA Super High Roller events with a gross profit of €2,382,366, from four appearances. Seiver's €2,253,919 has come from nine tournaments, but he is still involved with 11 player left in this event and any cash would put him at the top of the tree. Update: Having now guaranteed a cash of at least $185,660 (€156,646.69 at current exchange rates) at the 2015 PCA, Scott Seiver will overtake Colman at the top of the leader board.
Top of the charts (prior to 2015 PCA): €2,382,366 - Daniel Colman; €2,253,919 - Scott Seiver; €1,964,859 - Dan Shak; Tobias Reinkemeier - €1,818,253; Max Altergott - €1,746,400.
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