€25,750 High Roller
€25,750 High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Niall Farrell Does Best on Day 1 of the €25,750 High Roller

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Niall Farrell
Niall Farrell

The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is getting closer and closer to it's ultimate denouement, and now it was time for the last big tournament to start. The €25,750 High Roller had a bigger first-place prize than the Main Event last year, and it looks like that's going to be repeated this year.

Last year, when Charlie Carrel took home the trophy and €1.114 million first-place prize, a total of 215 entries were made. After Day 1 today, the number is already at 220 (173 uniques and 47 reentries), and registration will remain open till the start of play on Day 2.

It started out relatively quiet with just six tables, but soon enough there was a buzz in the air and the sound of chips being riffled took over the beautiful tournament room. After the dinner break, it was getting pretty warm where the tournament was being held, and organizers decided to open the roof. That was the first the roof was opened while play was underway, and the "ooohs" and "aaahs" must have been hearable all the way over in the harbor, and even some applause errupted.

Players had the option to do a single reentry if busted, and more than one made use of that option. Mikita Badziakouski and Isaac Haxton were the first to do so, busting their first bullet well before the bulk had even started. Both did well on their second though, as we'll see Haxton (67,000) and Badziakouski (127,200) back on Day 2.

Carrel won't be, and he will not be going back to back after busting two bullets today. The same goes for the likes of Leon Tsoukernik, Sean Winter, Fabian Quoss, and Fedor Holz.

Things went better for Niall Farrell, who bagged the chip lead with 311,200 in chips. Other big stacks included Enrico Coppola (302,100), Saar Wilf (288,000), Dong Zhao (278,900), David Dayan (272,900), Dan Smith (272,500), and Ivan Luca (271,300). All told, there were 96 survivors following Day 1, but with registration and reentry open, the field will likely get a boost before the cards are in the air on Thursday.

A lot of the usual suspects are also still in, with the likes of Ole Schemion (20,400), Erik Seidel (177,300), Daniel Negreanu (136,700), Jason Mercier (54,900), and Dzmitry Urbanovich (38,600) some of those left to battle on Day 2.

PokerNews.com will again be on site to give you coverage of Day 2 of the €25,750 High Roller. There are another 10 levels on the schedule, or down to a final table of eight players, whichever comes faster. The first level to be played is 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante and play will be underway at 12:30 p.m. local time.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 311,200 15,200
Enrico Coppola it
Enrico Coppola
it 302,100 102,100
Saar Wilf il
Saar Wilf
il 288,000 140,000
Dong Zhao cn
Dong Zhao
cn 278,900 155,400
David Dayan BR
David Dayan
BR 272,900 2,900
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 272,500 -17,500
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 271,300 106,300
Zvi Stern IL
Zvi Stern
IL 268,800 133,800
Andrey Pateychuk ru
Andrey Pateychuk
ru 236,500 36,500
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 192,700 12,700
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 177,300 67,300
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
cn 175,500 115,500
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 170,000 41,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 169,900 169,900
Oliver Price (Oliver Price) GB
Oliver Price (Oliver Price)
GB 169,700 169,700
Yang Wang cn
Yang Wang
cn 163,300 -20,700
Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca 162,400 112,400
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
gb 158,700 58,700
[Removed:2] LB
LB 152,600 152,600
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
br 149,500 -5,500
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
de 145,000 -10,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 139,900 19,900
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
gb 139,400 47,400
Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
fr 138,900 -11,100
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 138,000 89,000

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Quoss Busts, Schemion Short

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Fabian Quoss
Fabian Quoss

In the last five hands of the night, the German High Rollers were cut down and that included the two €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller finalists Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion.

Quoss got it in with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} against the {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} by David Dayan with the board running out {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts}{K-Hearts}.

Schemion flipped against Thomas Miller with {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} versus {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} and Miller doubled for 49,300 thanks to a board of {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

David Dayan BR
David Dayan
BR 270,000 10,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 20,000 -69,000
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de Busted

Tags: David DayanFabian QuossOle SchemionThomas Miller

Five Hands!

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The clock has been stopped with 12 minutes left on the clock and five more hands were drawn.

Approaching Last Years Numbers

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A total of 210 entries have been made so far this year, with 41 reentries and 169 unique players. Registration will remain open till 12:15 tomorrow morning, 15 minutes before the start of play.

Last year a total of 215 entries and Charlie Carrel won it for €1,114,000. He won't go back to back, as he's been eliminated twice today already. The tournament is going to crown a new champion, but we'll have to wait 2 more days to find out who'll be going home with the trophy.

Aces Versus Kings

Webjoker • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

From a bystander we got the details of a sizable pot between Thomas Muehloecker and Ivan Deyra.

Thomas Muehloecker raised from first position and Ivan Deyra three-bet from the cutoff. Muehloecker four-bet and Deyra made the call.

The flop came {10-}{8-}{3-} and Muehloecker bet out 16,000. Deyra now shoved for 50,600 and Muehloecker made the call holding {A-}{A-}. He was well in front as the Frenchman turned over {K-}{K-}.

A {K-} on the turn saved his tournament life though, and the blank on the river didn't change that anymore.

Ivan Deyra fr
Ivan Deyra
fr 150,000 100,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 80,000 -61,000

Tags: Ivan DeyraThomas Muehloecker

Smith Racks up Chips

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dan Smith
Dan Smith

"I don't know who the guy next to me was, but I called the clock on him twice. It was three-bet and bet, bet, shove on a board of {6-}{3-}{2-}{3-}{Q-}," Dan Smith said. The American had arrived at his new table with two racks of chips and claimed the decent addition of chips with jacks after his opponent on the previous table called the river shove with jacks.

Smith is almost even in chips with Niall Farrell, whor just knocked out Fabian Quoss with aces versus {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}. "I am so good at this game," the Scotsman grinned.

Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 296,000 56,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 290,000 105,000
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de Busted

Tags: Dan SmithFabian QuossNiall Farrell

Behbehani Pays Off Appleby

Webjoker • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Action folded to Simon Appleby in the small blind and he raised to 4,000. Big blind Salman Behbehani made the call.

The flop came {5-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts} and Appleby, who made the final table of a €2,000 side event earlier this festival, checked to his neighbor. Behbehani made a bet of 3,800 and Appleby called.

Appleby check called another 5,900 on the {10-Diamonds} turn and the {K-Hearts} completed the board. Appleby now lead out for 7,600 and Behbehani called.

Appleby showed {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for two pair and Behbehani mucked.

Simon Appleby gb
Simon Appleby
gb 115,000 65,000
Salman Behbehani us
Salman Behbehani
us 41,000 -9,000

Tags: Salman BehbehaniSimon Appleby