Brandon Adams Leads 50 Survivors in WSOP $100,000 High Roller

Brandon Adams Leads 50 Survivors in WSOP $100,000 High Roller

After 12 levels of play, Brandon Adams has bagged the chip lead with fifty players remaining in Event #83: $100,000 High Roller heading into Day 2. Having started with 600,000, Adams built a stack just shy of 3 million throughout twelve 40-minute levels.

Adams is having not too bad a summer so far; having won his first bracelet in the $3,200 No Limit Hold'em - Online High Roller (Event #74) for $411,561 and five days later finishing fourth in the $50,000 High Roller event for $500,282.

Even bigger prizes are yet to be won here in the biggest buy-in of the 2019 World Series of Poker. Close behind Adams there are still plenty of big stacks including Byron Kaverman (2,655,000), James Chen (2,150,000), Thomas Boivin (2,115,000), Mikita Badziakouski (2,105,000), Ali Imsirovic (2,060,000), and Steffen Sontheimer (2,010,000).

Last year's $100,000 High Roller attracted 105 entries. That bar could be under threat as 93 players entered on Day 1 with late registration and a single re-entry available to players until the start of Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts WSOP $100,000 High Roller After Day 1

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brandon AdamsUnited States2,950,000118
2Byron KavermanUnited States2,655,000106
3James ChenTaiwan2,150,00086
4Thomas BoivinBelgium2,116,00085
5Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus2,105,00084
6Ali ImsirovicUnited States2,060,00082
7Bryn KenneyUnited States2,035,00081
8Steffen SontheimerGermany2,010,00080
9Matthias EibingerAustria2,000,00580
10Kainalu McCue-UncianoUnited States1,865,00075

Day 1 Recap

As expected, the great and the good sidled into the corner of the Amazon hoping to cap off their summers with a bracelet and an expected seven-figure payout.

There were some new faces, however, as Japanese players Junichi Nakanowatari, Kensaku Takagi, Yusuke Takahashi and Keiji Takahashi were all in action early, as well as High Roller regulars such as Talal Shakerchi, Bill Klein, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Justin Bonomo.

The early pace was set by Sam Grafton, and he was the first player over one million in chips. Although with a 600,000 starting stack, he was soon joined by Klein and Takagi.

More players joined the field including 2019 bracelet winners Ben Heath, Danny Tang, and Brandon Adams, although Heath would bust twice in quick succession.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

As the eliminations and re-entries mounted, the chip stacks continued to grow until the big stacks surpassed two million. Daniel Negreanu was a late elimination, busting in one of the final hands of the night after losing the majority of his stack to Dietrich Fast. Seth Davies was the last elimination of the day and one of the reasons Adams ended up as top dog. Davies and Adams got their chips in the middle with the former holding an overpair with aces, while Adams had a pair and a flush draw. The turn brought Adams' much-desired flush, and Davies exited as the clock came to a halt.

Both Davies, Negreanu, and others are welcome to rejoin the action as registration for this expensive event remains open till the start of play on July 12th at 1 p.m. The plan is to play down to the final six with the final table scheduled for Saturday, July 13. Stay tuned to PokerNews for WSOP $100,000 High Roller Live Updates.

$100,000 High Roller recaps sponsored by Global Poker.

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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