As I’m sure you know by now the EPT Dublin Poker Festival is the biggest of its kind to be held on the Emerald Isle. As is the custom at PokerStars’ EPT festivals the third and final high roller kicks off three days from the end of proceedings. Already this week we’ve seen big names with prior high roller success win the big events. On Sunday Mustapha Kanit took down the €25,000 High Roller and a day later Charlie Carrel triumphed in the ‘Single-Day €10K’.
After Day 1 of the ‘Three-Day €10K’ it’s a player who’s having an incredible festival who flew highest of all during the opening 10 levels. Dominik Nitsche finished runner-up to Carrel in the €10,000 Single Day High Roller. That result came just 24 hours after he’d won the UKIPT €2,000 High Roller. Those results combined earned him almost €300,000. That figure’s just shy of the 305,600 chips he accrued today, he was the only player to break the 300,000 chip mark. He leads the 80 players who’ll be back tomorrow. Given that reentry is open until the start of play we expect that number to swell considerably before another card is dealt.
By the time the dinner break approached it was Connor Drinan who had risen to the top of the chip counts, he was the first player past the 200,000 mark and he led from the likes of Shyam Srinivasan, Luuk Gieles, Jason Wheeler and Jason Mercier.
Andre Akkari completed the duo and it was a mixed day for the Brazilian. By level three he was on his second bullet (he wasn’t alone). By the start of the final two levels though he had over 100 big blinds and was one of the big stacks. It doesn’t take long for a tournament to unravel and with 30 minutes left on the clock he had his coat on and was heading for the exit after jamming into Or Hedad’s made straight on the river.
By the time the bell tolled to signal the end of level 10 roughly 84 players from the 181 players (139 uniques and 42 reentries) had made it through to Day 2. A full list of end-of-day-1 chip counts can be seen here, but the seat draw will not be available until play has started due to reentry still being open.
Join us tomorrow starting at 12:30 GMT when Day 2 of the €10,000 High Roller continues.