Jason Mercier is the man that everyone is looking up to as 30-players survive the first day of the €100,000 Super High Roller at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo
The sun is about to set on what has been an extremely successful ninth season of the European Poker Tour (EPT), but before the lights fade away there is room for just one more millionaire. It’s the €100,000 Super High Roller. The largest EPT buy-in event of the tour, and Jason Mercier has the lead with the first day of action already forgotten about.
The notion is fairly absurd when you consider that people pay €100,000 to sit down and play a game of poker. I mean I can buy a house for that kind of money where I live. But 41-players smashed their piggy banks to find the cash and a further seven re-entries meant that for others it was a lot more expensive than most. One of those players with a rather large hole in his pocket is Phil Ivey. The man, who the Crockford’s casino in Mayfair London have just accused of trying to cheat them out of £7.8 million in baccarat winnings, fired two blanks and will have to buy-in a third time on Day Two if he wants to get back into the game. Defending champion Justin Bonomo outdrawing Ivey, and his set of sevens, in the first elimination before Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald out-flipped him AK>TT in the second.
Player’s, who failed to make the grade during the first sitting, have a second chance when play resumes on Day Two. The players contemplating the €100,000 additional expenditure are Mike McDonald, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Bertrand Grospellier, Phil Ivey, Steve Silverman, John Juanda, Tom Marchese, Sergii Baranov, Joseph Cheong, Jonathan Duhamel and Ilya Bulchev.
The top five look like this:
- Jason Mercier – 1,183,000
- Sorel Mizzi – 885,000
- Fabian Quoss – 797,000
- Scott Seiver – 759,000
- Vladimir Troyanovski – 737,000