It was a who’s who of poker superstars inside the Bellagio Poker Room on Friday. At the request of several players, the sixth and final Bellagio Summer High Roller Series was changed from a $10,000 buy-in to a massive $100,000 buy-in with reentries, creating one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world this year.
Initially the staff was looking at around 30 runners for Friday's tournament. However, the event gained so much traction on Twitter during the nine levels of registration that there were several alternates waiting for their turn to take a seat in the evening. The tournament allowed for one reentry, and several players took advantage of the option including Vanessa Selbst, Phil Galfond, Tom Dwan, David Sands and Jason Koon — to name a few.
The 87 entries created a prize pool of $8,613,000 with $2,842,290 up top. There is some indication from the floor staff that the tournament will play into the early morning hours and we expect that as we approach the money and the play will slow down as the reality of a $2.8 million payday sets in. Here are the payouts by place.
As of 1:15 a.m. Saturday there were 23 players remaining, including big stacks Salman Behbehani (3,200,000), Tom Marchese (2,940,000), Erik Seidel (1,900,000) and Jason Somerville (1,180,000). Other players still in the field at time include Jason Mercier and Gabe Kaplan.
Among those no longer in contention for a big payday after having been eliminated from the tournament are Phil Hellmuth, Sorel Mizzi, Prahlad Friedman, Fabian Quoss, Martin Finger and John Juanda.
We will be back with a recap following the conclusion of the tournament. Until then follow @KimYuhl on Twitter for action from the tournament floor!
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