2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

€100,000 Super High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

€100,000 Super High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Gruissem Leads Record-Breaking EPT Grand Final €100,000 SHR

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Philipp Gruissem
Philipp Gruissem

The 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final kicked off in Monaco on today with Day 1 action from the €100,000 Super High Roller. Last year this very tournament attracted 41 unique entries that accounted for nine reentries, and this year the field was even larger as 48 different players generated 11 reentries to bring the total field up to 59. That number could go up as registration remains open until the start of Day 2.

Speaking of the second day of play, 37 players survived the night after eight one-hour levels of play, including Philipp Gruissem, who emerged as the chip leader with 1,038,000. Others who bagged up big stacks include Ping San Chan (938,000), Daniel Negreanu (915,000), and Ole Schemion (847,000).

"It's been really, really rough for me. I had some trouble to focus, I really had to drink a lot of coffee (laughs) but it helped," Gruissem told PokerNews at the conclusion of play. "Mike [McDonald] put me in a really tough spot, but I got it right this time and I'm really happy. Looking forward to tomorrow."

The first elimination of the day happened in Level 3 (800/1,600/200) on a {6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop when Vladimir Troyanovskiy checked and Sam Trickett bet 8,200. Troyanovskiy check-raised to 21,000 and Trickett made the call to see the {8-Diamonds} on the turn. The Russian bet 27,000, Trickett again made the call, and the river was the {4-Hearts}. Troyanovskiy checked, and Trickett thought for a moment before moving all in. snap-called and tabled a flush with the {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}, which bested Trickett's {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Upon seeing his opponent's cards, Trickett, slightly cross with himself, said, "That's what I thought you had. Then I went all in." Trickett exited the tournament floor and was not seen again on Day 1.

A little while later, Negreanu late registered the tournament, and in his very first hand, he eliminated fellow Team Pro Vanessa Selbst. Negreanu had made a straight on the river of an {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} board with {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Selbst ended up shoving with the {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Selbst opted to reenter shortly thereafter.

Others who busted and reentered the event included Justin Bonomo, Chun Lei Zhou, Lo Shing Fung, Tobias Reinkemeier, Igor Kurganov, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Max Altergott and Daniel Colman. Colman reentered twice and is the only player to have €300,000 invested in the tournament.

Meanwhile, a slew of players busted and opted not to reenter. In addition to Trickett, Steve O'Dwyer, Jonathan Duhamel, Elton Tsang, Mike Watson, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Senh Ung, Martin Finger, Dario Sammartino, and Patrik Antonius all fell and did not return. Of course all of them can fire another bullet before the start of Day 2, which some are expected to do.

As for Gruissem, he got a good deal of his chips in an interesting hand that took place in Level 5 (1,200/2,400/300). The PokerNews Live Reporting Team picked up the action on the river of a {J-Spades}{A-Spades}{9-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades} board, when “Philbort” bet 55,000 against Chun Lei Zhou, the latter having previously called bets on the flop and turn.

Zhou had been thinking for a minute before he moved all in for about 240,000 and Gruissem called instantly. Zhou looked sheepish as he turned over {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} having tried to double-float the German. It wouldn't have mattered what he had though, Gruissem tabled {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} for a Royal Flush.

"Yeah, I made a Royal Flush pretty early on and I got somebody to bluff me," Gruissem told PokerNews. "Well, that didn't work as you can imagine. Finally a Royal Flush got paid."

Day 2 action will get underway at Noon local time on Friday, and the plan will be to play down to the final table of eight. The final numbers and official payouts should become available shortly after the start of play, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will bring you them, as well as all the action, from the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller.

Until then, check out Jennifer Robles interview with the one and only Phil Ivey:

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End of the Day Chip Counts (full)

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Player Chips Progress
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
Ping San Chan mo
Ping San Chan
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
915,000 145,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
847,000 -39,000
Chun Lei Zhou mo
Chun Lei Zhou
692,000 464,000
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
635,000 70,000
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
618,000 -152,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
617,000 67,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
560,000 -58,500
John Juanda id
John Juanda
547,000 37,000
Poker Hall of Famer
EPT 1X Winner
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
495,000 -55,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
404,000 114,000
Olivier Busquet us
Olivier Busquet
381,000 31,000
Paul Phua my
Paul Phua
356,000 78,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
339,000 -26,500
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
325,000 175,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
317,000 47,000
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
310,000 -7,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
293,000 43,000
Rono Lo ru
Rono Lo
288,000 13,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
283,000 -257,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
277,000 27,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
270,000 37,000
Max Altergott de
Max Altergott
250,000 20,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
246,000 -24,000

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One Million Euro Cash Game In One Hour

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Isaac Haxton will be playing the cash game.
Isaac Haxton will be playing the cash game.

There’s an enormous €500/€1,000 cash game about to start here in Monaco at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. Dubbed the ‘One Million Euro Cash Game’, the high stakes game is going to have some amazing players and incredible pots. This is real money, people. Read the article to find out about players and details.

Oh, and don't expect the €100K SHR chip leader to play. He told PokerNews he's a little too tired for that.

"I know there will be cash games going on, but I'm tired," said Philbort. "I'm going to rest for tomorrow as it's a very important day. I'm gonna join the cash games the next days for sure."

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Five More Hands

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The tournament officials have just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the floor to capture any last-minute action.

Stay tuned for a full list of chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

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Smith Agonises Over Chan Bet

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Ping San Chan
Ping San Chan

The board read {a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and Ping San Chan had made a pot sized bet of 82,000. Facing the bet was Dan Smith.

He agonised over it for several minutes as it represented a third of his stack to call and it was a big pot to give up. The calling chips were cut out and in his hand. He put them down again and held his cards in his hands to fold. Indecision wracked him.

“Sorry.” he said and in the end had to forcibly push the cards away towards the dealer.

No emotion flickered across Chan’s face as he collected the pot and released his hand to the dealer.

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Finger of Death!

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Martin Finger - caught by the Finger of Death spell as shown here.
Martin Finger - caught by the Finger of Death spell as shown here.

It's game over for former EPT champion Martin Finger, his last chips going in with {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} against Alec Torelli's {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} but the board was a ten-less {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and Torelli moved up to 565,000.

Meanwhile, Dario Sammartino has also been eliminated from the tournament.

Player Chips Progress
Alec Torelli us
Alec Torelli
565,000 235,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
EPT 1X Winner

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