Ivey and Antonius heading for High Roller final table in Monte Carlo
A whole bunch of super stars were sent on the rail on day 1 of the €25K EPT Grand Final High Roller Event. Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro are still alive and kicking though!
Everyone from the poker scene is in Monte Carlo these days. It's filled with super stars and the action is crazy in the French coastal city.
Last night the €25K High Roller Event got underway - with only one noticeable absentee - Gus Hansen who had earlier proclaimed that he'd take part.
117 players in total had put down the big bucks needed to get in. And since the tournament is a multiple re-entry-tournament, where it's possible to buy in more than once, some had to dig deep in their pockets. Among them Viktor "Isildur1" Blom who busted out early and re-entered.
Blom made it to day 2, but it's with a stack well below average.
There has been a total of 16 re-entries putting the prize money at €3,250,000 ( $4,299,405 )
Among the casualties of day 1 we find profiles like Isaac Haxton, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel and reigning champion of Monte Carlo, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
46 players are left and some of the really big guns have their eyes set on the final table: In third place we find Finnish high roller, Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro, just ahead of his compatriot Patrik Antonius in fourth place, and American icon Phil Ivey in sixth.
In the chip lead we have American Andrew Badecker, who's biggest result came last year when he fetched a WSOP bracelet.
1. Andrew Badecker - 350,000
2. Vincent van der Fluit - 341,200
3. Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro - 310,000
4. Patrik Antonius - 307,500
5. Igor Kurganov - 279,900
6. Phil Ivey - 271,000
7. Artem Litvinov - 270,000
8. Chris Moorman - 261,700
9. Bryn Kenney - 259,000
10. Faraz 'the_toilet' Jaka - 230,000
Prize money ((133 entries @ €25,000):