Fox Riding the Wave; Bags Day 1 Lead in WSOP's $100,000 High Roller

Elio Fox

It was just a couple of days ago that Elio Fox locked up his second World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the inaugural super turbo bounty event at the 2018 World Series of Poker. It just might be the start of a heater as Fox bagged up a stack of 2,881,000 after the first day of Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller, good enough to hold the chip lead at the end of play.

Most of Fox's chips came from a massive confrontation with Dario Sammartino. In the hand, Fox got it in with top-pair and top kicker against Sammartino's overpair. The turn was a brick, but the river gave Fox two pair and pushed him over the 2 million chip mark well before anyone else in the tournament. He held on to those chips for the remainder of the day and bagged up the biggest stack of the tournament so far.

Day 1 brought out a total of 97 entries, of which 49 survived to make it through to Day 2. Nearly everyone who entered the tournament is a recognizable name. A few of the survivors who bagged up big stacks include Darren Elias (2,038,000), Bryn Kenney (1,971,000), Sergio Aido (1,493,000), Byron Kaverman (1,282,000), and Stephen Chidwick (1,276,000).

Another player to bag up a big stack at the end of Day 1 was Jan-Eric Schwippert who finished off the night by winning several pots to move to 2,582,000 for the second biggest stack in the tournament. Justin Bonomo also made it through to Day 2 and is looking to add to his already impressive resume of high roller finishes this year with another big one at the WSOP. He’ll bring 1,046,000 into Day 2.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo at it again; on to Day 2 in the $100,000 High Roller

For every player who survived though, one fell. Day 1 saw the likes of Alex Foxen, Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Dan Shak, Anthony Zinno, Erik Seidel, Chris Hunichen, Nick Schulman, and Daniel Negreanu all bust, just to name a few. Negreanu fired two bullets on Day 1 but failed to find any traction. Near the end of the last level, Negreanu got it in in a coinflip situation against Johannes Becker, but Becker turned a pair and Negreanu was eliminated.

As that was Negreanu's second bullet he will be unable to re-enter the tournament on Day 2, but other players can still re-enter once more if they haven't already. Registration for the event will remain open until the start of level 12 so there is plenty of time to see some new faces join the field.

Action resumes on Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. local time and players will continue by playing 10 more 60-minute levels. As an additional note, in a deviation from the structure sheet, players will be given a total of six time extensions on Day 2, as opposed to the four given on Day 1. Play will begin with blinds of 8,000/16,000 and a big blind ante of 16,000 as well.

WSOP $100,000 Live Updates can be found in the PokerNews Live Reporting hub.

Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
4281David PetersUnited States591,00037
4283Ryan RiessUnited States974,00061
4284John AndressUnited States413,00026
4285Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom1,276,00080
4287Nick PetrangeloUnited States650,00041
4288Ben TollereneUnited States340,00021
4292Brandon StevenUnited States235,00015
4294Stefan SchillhabelGermany595,00037
4295Dominik NitscheGermany261,00016
4296Brian RastUnited States1,186,00074
4297Igor KurganovRussia675,00042
4298Elio FoxUnited States2,881,000180
4301Fedor HolzGermany938,00059
4302Matthias EibingerAustria1,560,00098
4303Aymon HataUnited Kingdom1,162,00073
4304Jason KoonUnited States1,053,00066
4307Andreas EilerGermany1,857,000116
4308Christoph VogelsangGermany885,00055
4311Koray AldemirGermany855,00053
4312Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus823,00051
4314Rainer KempeGermany623,00039
4315Jason MercierUnited States679,00042
4316Manig LoeserGermany1,078,00067
4318Paul VolpeUnited States625,00039
4361Bryn KenneyUnited States1,971,000123
4364Jonathan LittleUnited States899,00056
4365Sergio AidoSpain1,493,00093
4366Jake SchindlerUnited States740,00046
4367Jan-Eric SchwippertGermany2,582,000161
4368Michael KamranUnited States2,018,000126
4371Johannes BeckerGermany1,471,00092
4373Darren EliasUnited States2,038,000127
4375Justin BonomoUnited States1,046,00065
4376Tobias ZieglerGermany119,0007
4377Chris MooreUnited States390,00024
4378Keith TilstonUnited States600,00038
4381Noah SchwartzUnited States368,00023
4382Isaac HaxtonUnited States489,00031
4383Brian GreenUnited States435,00027
4386Tom MarcheseUnited States467,00029
4387Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom469,00029
4388Cary KatzUnited States699,00044
4391Michael RosenfeldUnited States1,716,000107
4392Byron KavermanUnited States1,282,00080
4393Adrian MateosSpain772,00048
4394David EinhornUnited States655,00041
4395Seth DaviesUnited States775,00048
4396Tomer DanielUnited States1,063,00066
4397Christian ChristnerGermany1,276,00080
Tobias Ziegler
Tobias Ziegler is the player with the shortest stack going into Day 2
  • Elio @smokrokflock Fox leads 49 remaining players after Day 1 of WSOP's $100,000 High Roller

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