Day 1 of Event #3, the $25000 + $300 Super High Roller, has just wrapped up. This is a two day event, with late registration open until the start of level 13 on Day 2, at 4:15pm.
There were only a total of six entries today in Day 1, including one re-entry (Andrew Pantling). After losing Marc Macdonnell early on in the evening, and then Niall Farrell later on, all three remaining players bagged for Day 2. Andrew Pantling re-entered early in the evening and it proved to be a good investment, at least so far, as he bagged the largest stack of the three players.
Niall Farrell had an evening of “run bad” as he was coolered twice, the first time after having flopped a Broadway straight and then losing to Pantling’s boat on the river, and then later on losing with QQ after Philipp Gruissem had 4-bet shoved with 88, only to have the board run out a straight for the pocket 8’s. Niall may be re-entering the tournament tomorrow, as his options are still open.
As many of the pros who play high rollers and super high rollers have only arrived in Montreal this afternoon or evening, we expect to see another 20-30 entries (and some re-entries) take place tomorrow on Day 2. It should be a great day of poker! Blind levels will play on the eight handed tables for 45 minutes, and then move to 30 minutes once heads up play begins, and then play out until a champion is crowned.
Talking to Gruissem at the end of the flight, we asked about the dynamic of playing a super high roller three handed for most of the night, and he replied “it’s actually tough as it becomes quite tiring since the action is non-stop, putting you into the blinds every minute or two. It was even hard to eat supper while playing since you were almost always in a hand”. That will surely change on Day 2, which promises to be an action filled day of tournament poker, featuring some of the best players from around the globe.
Here are the chip counts of the three players bagging in Day 1:
- Andrew Pantling 3,690,000
- Philipp Gruissem 1,495,000
- Manig Loeser 815,000
Andrew Pantling Day 1 chip leader: