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€50,000 Super High Roller



€50,000 Super High Roller
Day 1 Completed

The Netherlands' Luuk Gieles Leads Advancing 33 Players

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Luuk Gieles
Luuk Gieles

The 2015 European Prague Season 12 festival, which began this past weekend, will feature 97 tournaments at the Hilton Prague. Today, the most expensive buy-in on the schedule, the €50,000 Super High Roller, kicked off as 42 unique entrants took to the felt.

In addition, either reentries were accounted for, to bring the total field size up to 50. With reentires and late registration open until the start of Day 2, that number is sure to go up, and will likely surpass last year's field of 51 entries (42 unique; 9 reentries).

As for Day 1, 33 players survived the night with the Netherlands' Luuk Gieles and his stack of 1.020 million leading the way.

Gieles got off to a hot start by scoring the first elimination of the day. It happened in Level 4 (1,000/2,000/300) when Gieles raised to 5,000 from early position and defending champ Leonid Markin three-bet to 12,000 from the button. With action back on Gieles, he four-bet to 40,000, and Markin called to see the {q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{8-Diamonds} flop.

Gieles checked, Markin moved all in for 125,500, and Gieles thought for a bit before calling with the {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Markin was behind with the {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, and neither the {Q-Clubs} turn nor {J-Clubs} river helped him.

Markin ended up reentering and finished the night as the second-shortest stack with 76,000.

Of course, not everyone was able to advance out of Day 1. Among those to bust were Yingui Li, Adrian Mateos, Juha Helppi, Henrik Hecklen, Anthony Zinno, and EPT Barcelona champ John Juanda.

Regarding Juanda, he bluffed off a large portion of his stack early on, but managed to work it back up. Unfortunately, his comeback came crashing down in the last level of the night. It happened when Joni Jouhkimainen opened for 11,500 from the hijack seat and was met by a three-bet to 30,000 from Juanda in the cutoff seat. Sylvain Loosli then four-bet to 76,000 from the small blind, Jouhkimainen folded, and Juanda thought for a bit before making the call. When the flop came down {8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, Loosli led out for 42,000 and called when Juanda moved all in for approximately 260,000.

Juanda had the {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for over cards and a flush draw. Loosli had the {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and was ahead with his kings, but Juanda was drawing plenty live. The {3-Hearts} turn was no help to the Poker Hall of Famer, and neither was the {8-Spades} river. With that, Juanda was eliminated from the tournament.

Among those who advanced to Day 2 are Ole Schemion (757,000), Sylvain Loosli (725,000), Igor Kurganov (666,000), Mustapha Kanit (593,000), last year's runner-up Paul Newey (384,000), and the sole PokerStars Team Pro in the field, Jason Mercier (94,000).

Official numbers and prize pool information will be available when Day 2 kicks off at 12:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday (late registration closes at 12:15 p.m.). Be sure to join us then for all the latest and greatest straight from the floor of the EPT Prague €50,000 Super High Roller.

While you wait for Day 2 to roll around, check out the following "Would You Rather" video with Mercier:

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End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Luuk Gieles nl
Luuk Gieles
nl 1,020,000 170,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 752,000 102,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 725,000 -75,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 666,000 -84,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 652,000 152,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 623,000 293,000
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
Winamax Team Pro
it 593,000 -93,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 523,000 -67,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 509,000 94,000
Oleh Okhotski UA
Oleh Okhotski
UA 444,000 44,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 432,000 5,500
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 431,000 -34,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 424,000 -81,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 390,000 85,000
Alex Bilokur ru
Alex Bilokur
ru 387,000 157,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 384,000 -26,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 348,000 -117,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 338,000 338,000
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 322,000 12,000
Andres Munoz GB
Andres Munoz
GB 312,000 184,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 296,000 74,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 291,000 161,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 275,000 -130,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 235,000 -15,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 203,000 -19,000

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Last Chance Qualifier Tonight

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

At 10 o' clock tonight (in 20 minutes) a no limit hold'em hyper turbo single rebuy super satellite to the €50,000 Super High Roller starts. Event number 19 has 10 minute blind levels and a starting stack of 10,000.

So if you're in Prague, have €5,100 left, and ready for a little bit of a gamble, come to the satellite room in the Hilton Hotel and you might just win a ticket so you can start tomorrow's Day 2 with 41 big blinds.

Reinkemeier Doubles Through Mercier Again

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The action has been fast and furious these last couple of hands, with someone all in every other hand it seems. This time it was Tobias Reinkemeier all in again, this time for 208,000. Mercier was the one putting him at risk but Reinkemeier was in the lead with {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} against {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. The board came {10-Spades}{J-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and Reinkemeier doubled, leaving Mercier with just 119,000.

Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 426,500 211,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 119,000 -201,000

Tags: Jason MercierTobias Reinkemeier

Zinno Departs

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Anthony Zinno opened the pot with a raise to 12,000 from middle position. He was called by his neighbor Dario Sammartino and the two took a flop of {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Zinno continued for 14,000 and Sammartino called.

The {10-Clubs} hit the turn and Zinno shoved all in for 90,000. Sammartino didn't hesitate and called with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Zinno tabled {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and could only hope for a chop. The {4-Diamonds} on the river wasn't the king he was looking for and with just a couple hands to go for the day, Zinno departed.

He still has the option to re-enter till start of play tomorrow, so we might just hear more from the American all star.

Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 590,000 250,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us Busted

Tags: Anthony ZinnoDario Sammartino

Six More Hands

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The clock has been paused and the tournament director announced there were 6 more hands to be played. We'll report back to you with end of day chip counts and a recap of todays action.

Mercier Doubles Reinkemeier

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Reinkemeier had worked his stack up to 105,000 again before doubling up once more. He shoved all in holding {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} and got called by Jason Mercier who had {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}. The flop came {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} helping Reinkemeier well in front. The {7-Hearts} on the turn brought the possibility of a spoiled party for Reinkemeier, but the {Q-Spades} on the river was safe and he doubled up. Mercier still has 320,000 left, Reinkemeier up to over 200,000 again.

Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 320,000 -90,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 215,000 171,500

Tags: Jason MercierTobias Reinkemeier

McDonald Sent Out to Pasture

YorkshirePud • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

If Mike McDoanld wants to be crowned the Super High Roller champion he is going to need to reenter on Day 2 because Igor Kurganov has sent him to the showers.

Kurganov raised to 12,000 from under the gun, Anton Astapau called from the next seat along, Oleh Okhotskyi called on the button and Mike McDonald called from the big blind.

The flop fell {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, McDonald checked, Kurganov led for 30,000, Astapau called, Okhotskyi folded, and McDonald called. The {3-Hearts} turn saw McDonald check, Kurganov bet 90,000, and Astapau tank-fold. McDonald then check-raised all-in, and Kurganov beat him into the pot with a call.

McDonald: {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Kurganov: {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

McDonald needed a heart for a flush otherwise his tournament was over, which it was when the river came the {K-Clubs} to send McDonald into the cold Prague air.

Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 750,000 230,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca Busted

Tags: Anton AstapauIgor KurganovMike McDonald

Markin Doubles

Webjoker • Level 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Fedor Holz made it 12,500 from early position and action folded to Leonid Markin in the small blind. Last years champion shoved all in for 67,500 and Holz made the call.

Markin was the owner of the best hand with {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, but he was by no means home safe as Holz tabled {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. The flop came {K-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} helping Holz in front, but the German was left drawing dead after the {6-Clubs} hit the turn giving . The {4-Hearts} on the river was there just to make things official.

Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 222,000 -78,000
Leonid Markin ru
Leonid Markin
ru 143,500 76,000

Tags: Leonid MarkinFedor Holz