There’s always something special about a High Roller event. It’s not just the inflated buy-in – €25,000 in this case – it’s the banter and ribbing that goes with it.
When huge fields converge for the main events, tables are packed with players who know nothing about each other. But when the deep wallets get an airing for the exclusive side events, the fields are smaller and more familiar. Big names, big bankrolls and big egos all add up to, well, a big thing.
Despite the main EPT event still being in full swing, 79 pitched up to hand over their €25,000, generating a tasty prize pool of €1,975,000. The winner will get his hands on €720,000 of that, ensuring the sort of cashflow to fund many more high-rolling hijinks.
Team PokerStars Pro turned out in force: ElkY, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Peter Eastgate, Vanessa Rousso, Ivan Demidov and Alexandre Gomes among them. They met with some of the most feared names in the game in Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Tony G and Chris Ferguson. The list was plentiful, but at the end of eight levels, only 37 of those who sat down with 50,000 chips for this three-day spectacular had survived.
They’ve bagged and tagged, and will now be watered and fed. Resting most will be Daniel Alaei, from the USA, who tops the pile with 302,100 after a late bonus of knocking out two players in one hand with J-J v A-K and A-Q. A nice way to wrap up the night. In second, with, 230,800 is the PokerStars ShootingStar Florian Langmann, the first player to get all his chips in the middle earlier today for a big pot that carried him through the next eight levels.
We’ll be back tomorrow for more of the same.
DAY 1 OFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS:
EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 High Roller
Prize pool: €1,975,000
Prize Payout Page
End of level 8
Daniel Alaei, USA – 302,100
Florian Langmann, Germany, PokerStars ShootingStar – 230,800
Betrand ‘ElkY’ Grospieller, France, Team PokerStars Pro – 194,600
Juha Helppi, Finland, 192,200
Roberto Romanello, UK, 180,400
Dan Shak, 175,300
Tony G, Lithuania – 155,100
John Kabbaj, UK, 145,300
James ‘mig.com’ Mackey, USA, 144,600
William Thorson, Sweden, Team PokerStars Pro 140,300
Lev Myrmsky, 139,400
Michael Binger, USA, 136,800
Andrew Lichtenberg, 133,800
Andras Bartha, 116,300
Mark Teltscher, UK, 110,800
Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies, Finland, 105,200
Andrew Feldman, UK, 102,800
Eric Haik, 101,100
Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, UK, 90,000
Vanessa Rousso, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, 87,200
Anthony Giuetti, 86,600
Chris Ferguson, USA, 83,500
Ruben Visser, Holland, PokerStars sponsored player, 79,600
David Steicke, 77,000
Randy Dorfman, 73,100
David Eldar, USA, 65,800
Barry Greenstein, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, 53,100
Andy Bloch, USA, 50,700
Kirill Rabcov, 50,200
Johan ‘Busto_Soon’ Van Til, Holland, PokerStars Sponsored Player, 44,400
Alexandre Gomes, Brazil, Team PokerStars Pro, 42,200
Shaun Deeb, USA, 44,100
Luke ‘FullFlush1’ Schwartz, UK, 34,300
Mark Dickstein, 34,200
Thomas Wahlroos, Finland, 29,700
Alexander Kuzmin, 22,000
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