2013 PCA Super High Roller Day 1 – Gruissem Edging It

The 10th season of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is finally upon us, with the Super High Roller kicking off the festival yesterday. The $100k buy-in event is only going to attract the world’s best, with 47 players taking their seats on Day 1.

That number could grow too as players are still able to register for the event right up until the start of Day 2. Of those 47 players, ten actually had another shot after being eliminated, so in essence the total is actually 57 entries.

The player that finished at the top by the end of Day 1 was actually one of those players that had two shots, with it being Phillip Gruissem who managed to amass 771,500 chips on his second attempt, though not too far behind him in second place is Scott Seiver with 729,000.

His burst to the top happened right near the end of the day during the final two levels, with a certain Phil Hellmuth being one of his victims. Hellmuth had made his usual late entrance into the event and within just 30 minutes he was gone. All of the chips had gone into the middle when the board read Js-2c-9c-9h-5s. Gruissem had the full house as he was holding the Js-2c and Hellmuth mucked whilst flashing the 9s.

Notables in the field included Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier and fan favourite Bertrand Grospellier.


Only 37 players finished the day still in the event from that original 47, with names such as Phil Hellmuth, Fabian Quoss, Igor Kurganov, Jason Koon, Mike MacDonald and Andrew Lichtenberger. Daniel Negreanu was also busted out at one point but immediately bought back in, he was not the only one either as Tom Dwan, Isaac Haxton, Tobias Reinkemeier and Cary Katz all fired a second bullet.

Hellmuth still has time to buy back in but has decided to sleep before making a decision on re-entering on Day 2.

The Current Top Ten!

Phillip Gruissem – 771,500

Scott Seiver – 729,000

Dan Shak – 650,000

Tom Marchese – 638,500

Vivek Rajkumar – 608,500

Jason Somerville – 604,500

Nick Schulman – 580,000

Steve O’Dwyer – 527,500

Eugene Katchalov – 514,500

David Sands – 505,500

Day 2 will be starting at 12pm local time today with the 37 players still remaining set to return to the felt. We still expect a few more re-entries and registrations though too, so things are certainly going to be interesting. We will be following this event until the end so keep in touch if you want to be kept up to date.