The €25,000 Super High Roller event at the World Series of Poker Circuit at King's Casino in Rozvadov attracted a field of 16 entrants who all ponied up the buy in of €25,000. While guarantee of €500,000 has not been met through the entries so far, late registration and reentry remain available until the first card is dealt as of 18:00 local time on Friday.
After eight levels of 60 minutes each, the field has been whittled down to 10 players. Aleksandar Tomovic (320,000) edged out Stipo Vladic (314,100) in the last hand of the night to claim the overnight lead.
Philipp Zukernik claimed the last spot on the podium with a stack of 197,700, whereas the remaining field included Franco Cantarella (143,700), Czech high-stakes expert Martin Kabrhel (42,900), Renato Nowak (125,600), King's Casino regular Hans Olymp (116,500), Paul Newey (94,800), Quirin Zech (76,100), and Pierre Mothes (67,000).
Jan-Peter Jachtmann, who won a WSOP gold bracelet in 2012 and finished second in the €3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller on Wednesday, was the first casualty in Level 1 after running with pocket queens into the pocket kings of Nowak.
Evangelos Vrakas followed in Level 2 after his turned nut flush ended up second best to the full house of Patrik Antonius. However, Antonius was the next player on the rail after his flopped set of threes were beaten by Zech's turned set of aces.
Besim Hot started the day hot and quickly doubled, only to run out of chips within three bigger hands. A failed bluff attempt against Olymp, aces cracked by the kings of Tomovic, and a gutshot against the top set of Mothes all ran out against the Swiss, and he was gone.
Scott Hanna lost the remainder of his short stack with ace-king against Mothes' on the feature table, and Elliot Smith hit the rail in a three-way all-in clash during the last level of the night.
The remaining 10 competitors will return to the tables at 18:00 local time with blinds at 800/1,600 and an ante of 200. The event is scheduled to play down to a winner on ay 2 while Day 1a of the WSOP Circuit Main Event kicks off at 14:00 local time.
Make sure to tune back in for all the action on Friday, as the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be covering the action of both events.