The final event of the World Series Of Poker Europe got underway yesterday, with it being the €50k High Roller event. With such a high buy in it meant that only 43 players enrolled and by the end of Day 1 it was John Juanda who led the remaining 37 with 538,000 chips.
It was certainly an exciting start to the tournament as it is a re-buy event and players were looking to make a mark early, these re-buys ensured that the prize pool will be at least $2.5 million, though the official total will not be announced yet as the re-buy phase is actually still open.
The re-buy phase will carry on for just the first hour on Day 2 with there expected to be a late flurry of participants entering.
John Juanda is currently leading, yet there are still plenty of players that represent a danger to his lead such as Richard Yong, Daniel Negreanu, Tony G and Mike Watson. Each of them has over 300k in chips and will be looking to bridge that gap on Day 2 of the event.
Juanda didn’t achieve his chip lead easily though, it actually took him three bullets costing $150k, so he will be looking to try and get a big score in this event to at least cover his expenses.
There were many big names taking part as you would expect including Tom Dwan, Andrew Lichtenberger, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, Justin Bonomo, Roger Hairabedien, and Phillip Gruissem to name just a few, with a few more expected to make a late showing tomorrow.
Some Non – Pros Too!
When there are big high roller events it seems that not only the pros like to have a go but some of the rich businessmen also like to try their hand. This event is no different as we have seen the Macau high rollers coming to town.
These rich Malaysian business men usually like to keep their tournaments as media free as possible and hold their own special high stakes events, yet it seems they have braved the cameras this time in an attempt to win some big cash.
Richard Yong, Winfred Yu and Paul Phua have all made the trip over to France, having all dominating the £1,000,000 High Roller that was recently held in London by coming first, second and third. They were in extremely high spirits the whole day as they drank champagne and yelled at each other across the room.
In one amazing incident, Juanda went to get up and go re-buy back into the event and Richard Yong simply through him a wad of notes to the tune of $50k to do so.
Current Top Ten Chip Counts:
• John Juanda – 538,000
• 2. Richard Yong – 408,200
• 3. David Benefield – 375,100
• 4. Mike Watson – 370,900
• 5. Jean-Noel Thorel – 355,000
• 6. Tony G – 350,000
• 7. Tobias Reinkemeier – 348,000
• 8. Daniel Negreanu – 320,000
• 9. Erik Seidel – 293,800
• 10. Paul Newey – 291,500