PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Here come the High Rollers, €25K begins today
My colleague opened up the Day 4 Main Event live updates today with a reference to an excursion made by your humble band of scribblers last night -- some bowling at the nearby Ni Box alley located just a short walk from the venue.
It is possible beers might have been had, but since we aren't here to report on that there's no need to be overly specific. That means, though, that in addition to being a team-building excercise we can technically refer to the outing as a "high rollers" preview.
Get it? No? Was that another gutterball? Fair enough.
Moving on, today's schedule has another big one listed on the marquee, as the much-anticipated three-day €25K High Roller in this PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® gets going in just a few minutes.
The short history of the PokerStars Championship has already seen three "official" High Roller champions. Luc Greenwood was the first to land the trophy, breaking through to match his twin brother Sam's long list of accomplishments to capture his first high roller victory in the Bahamas. Luc topped a 121-entry field in that $25K event, winning a $779,268 after a heads-up chop with Nick Petrangelo.
In Panama, by contrast, the High Roller champion had been to high roller winner's circles many times before, as Steve O'Dwyer took down the $10K High Roller, besting an 84-entry field and in fact outlasting Luc's brother Sam heads-up to win it. There was also a heads-up deal there, after which O'Dwyer earned a $240,451 score for the win.
Then in Macau last month Sosia Jiang reigned over the 180-entry field in the HK$100K event, earning a first prize of HK$3,870,000 (worth nearly half a million USD). Petrangelo was at that final table, too, finishing fourth.
Meanwhile here at the Sporting Club in Monaco we've already seen a few high roller wins, highlighted by the €100K Super High Roller in which Bryn Kenney bested a tough 61-entry field to earn €1,784,500.
Ole Schemion -- winner of the Super High Roller last year in Monte-Carlo -- won the €10K Opening Event here last week, Adrian Mateos won the €50K Eight Max Shot Clock event, Imad Derwiche took down the €10K Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha, and early this morning Philipp Gruissem won the €25K Single-Day High Roller.
We expect all of the above-mentioned winners (aside from Jiang) to be in action in this one today along with many others in the last big buy-in tournament of the series.
We're looking at a short Day 1, trimmed by a level in part because much as your reporting team did last night, many of the players are looking for some fun and games this evening, too, with several planning to attend Game 1 of the big semifinal UEFA Champions League showdown between AS Monaco and Juventus taking place this evening at the nearby Stade Louis II in Fontvieille.
The plan here is to play seven one-hour levels with 15-minute breaks after Levels 2, 4 and 6, meaning the day should conclude by around 8:15pm. There's that 30-second shot clock in play again, with players getting three time bank chips to start. And as the name of the event suggests, there's an option to re-enter -- but just once -- and that remains available all day today as does late registration (and in fact up to the start of Level 11 tomorrow).
Stick around the PokerStars Blog as we'll be looking in on the High Rollers today alongside our Main Event coverage. And following the end of this sentence, we promise we won't try to knock over any more bad bowling puns.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.