Alex Foxen Sizzles, Daniel Negreanu Fizzles on Day 1 at SHRB VI
The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGO kicked off Monday with 19 players, only 10 of whom advanced to Day 2. Daniel Negreanu, who busted in Level 1, is not one of those individuals coming back Tuesday. But Alex Foxen will return to action with a monster stack.
Negreanu lost his stack early on to Michael Addamo, who won the Poker Masters Purple Jacket last week. The GGPoker ambassador called off his entire stack with top-pair top kicker and lost to a flopped straight. With over 800 votes tallied, 81% of PokerNews readers felt he made a bad call.
Trips Dooms Cary Katz
Negreanu wasn't the only player to hit the felt during Monday's opening session in Las Vegas. Mikita Badziakouski, Stephen Chidwick, Ali Imsirovic, Cary Katz, David Einhorn, Jason Koon, Nick Petrangelo, and Adrian Mateos were all felted.
Katz ran into a brutal river card late in the session against the smallest stack in the tournament at the time, Jonathan Little. The PokerGO founder, holding , had out-flopped when the flop came out and was still out in front on the turn. But when the flipped over on the river, Little was able to get a full double on that two-outer.
Coincidentally, trips would eventually do in Katz at the end of the session. On a board of , Katz's was no good as he was up against the of Jake Schindler.
Bonomo, Foxen on a Roll
Justin Bonomo has avoided the live tournament scene for much of the past couple of years. But he's back in action and picked up where he left off. The second all-time winningest tournament player in history ran up a stack late on Day 1 and held the chip lead at one point.
At the end of the day, however, he fell back into fourth place at 809,000. Alex Foxen, on the other hand, finished the session with the chip lead at 913,000, just a tad ahead of Seth Davies (896,000) and Addamo (822,000).
Little is the only player remaining who will start Day 2 in desperation mode. He spent much of the evening portion of Day 1 with a tiny stack, and finished in a similar position. When play resumes at noon PT on Tuesday, he'll begin with under 10 big blinds. The current prize pool is at $5.7 million but should grow. Registration remains open until the start of play, and a few others are expected to hop in the mix.
Day 1 Action
Foxen hit runner-runner to win a massive pot late on Day 1 to bust Badziakouski. On a board reading , Foxen moved all-in with (quads) and Badziakouski called off his remaining 179,000 chips with .
Kenney was the first to hit the 1 million chip mark, but ran into some bad luck in the later part of the session. Still, he'll head into Day 2 with an average stack and is in great position to make a run at extending his record for highest career live tournament earnings.
Like Foxen, Davies went on quite a heater late on Monday. He went from around 300,000 to just a smidge below 900,000 in the final hour. A large portion of that success had to do with a lucky hand he played against Kenney in which he moved all-in for 357,000 with , but ran into . Fortunately, for Davies at least, the board ran out , and Kenney suffered a rough bad beat.
Had Kenney's kings held up, he likely would have finished the day with the chip lead. On a positive note, he's still alive and in a decent position.
Payouts will become available as soon as play begins on Day 2, which kicks off at noon PT Tuesday. You can watch the action on a slight delay on the PokerGO app beginning at 1 p.m. PT. They're expected to play down to a final table, and the finale is set for September 29.
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