Talal Shakerchi heads EPT €100k High Roller
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monte Carlo has a reputation as being a playground for the super rich but even we were somewhat surprised at how many players coughed up the massive €100,000 buy-in for the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event.
All told, 38 players bought in, including a small number who busted out but found the stones (and enough loose change) to buy-in again. By the end of the opening day, 29 players were still remaining with Briton Talal Shakerchi leading the way with 1,165,000. Also riding high were former WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, Dan Shak, Tobias Renkemeier, Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst and Tony G.
Opening day casualties included Sam Trickett, Mike McDonald, Jason Mercier and Daniel Cates. Czech high roller Leon Tsoukernik entered, busted, won a chunk of change on the craps tables, entered again and busted again. He's set to take a third bite at the cherry this lunchtime though, as is Gus Hansen who also busted on the opening day but is expected to have another crack. Players have until the end of level 8 to re-enter so the prize pool looks set to top the €4.5m mark.
The chip leaders are as follows:
1. Talal Shakerchi – 1,165,000
2. Jonathan Duhamel – 779,000
3. Dan Shak – 670,000
4. Tobias Reinkemeier – 639,000
5. Sorel Mizzi – 593,000
6. Phil Ivey – 532,000
7. Philipp Gruissem – 487,000
8. Vanessa Selbst – 485,000
9. Bryn Kenney – 455,000
10. Tony G – 442,000
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