Technically, it’s Day 2. But in a way it’s still Day 1. Let’s explain.
Yesterday saw the much-anticipated €25K High Roller event in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® get underway, though a shortened schedule meant only seven one-hour levels have played out thus far — a bit shy of what might be considered a complete “Day 1.”
Why the change?
A big Champions League football match last night not far from the Sporting Club here in Monaco, that’s why. Juventus beat Monaco in their first semifinal match two-to-nil, by the way, with many poker players in attendance to watch.
That’s the soccer report. Meanwhile to report the poker action, there were 143 entries total yesterday, with 126 unique players and 17 so far taking advantage of the tournament’s single re-entry option. From that field 95 players survived those seven levels, with [B]Oleskii Khoroshenin[/B] ending the night as the early leader with 208,000.
Daniel Dvoress — seeking to make a fourth high roller final table of the series — is close on Khoroshenin’s heels with 207,100, with Max Silver (202,400), Josip Suminic (195,500) and Justin Bonomo (183,300) rounding out the current top five.
Erik Seidel, Charlie Carrel, Byron Kaverman, Dan Colman and Dominik Nitsche are all coming back to big stacks as well, as is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu who finished the night with the most chips of any member of the red spade brigade with 150,800.
Felipe Ramos, Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier and Igor Kurganov will also be back today to represent Team PokerStars Pro, along with a host of other top tournament talent.
Meanwhile a few players managed to exhaust both of their entries yesterday despite the short playing time, with Rocco Palumbo, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Jack Salter, David Yan, Fabrice Soulier and Jason Wheeler all getting felted twice to end their tourney runs.
Getting back to that shortened Day 1, one upshot of the schedule switch will be late registration (and the ability to re-enter) lasting a full three levels into today, only concluding at the start of Level 11. That means the field is sure to grow along with the prize pool as everyone eyes a first prize that has been guaranteed to be at least €1 million.
Play begins at 12:30pm today, with the current schedule calling for 10 one-hour levels (with a dinner break), although it could be they add another pending how things go.
While you check in on Day 5 of the Main Event, be sure to check in on our High Roller reports here on the PokerStars blog that will complement the live updates from our friends at PokerNews.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.