Things have been building slowly but surely at 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT, and today they'll hit a crescendo with the most loaded schedule of the festival.
There are four tournaments on the docket for Saturday scheduled to get coverage here on PokerNews, and they run the gamut of buy-ins, ranging from €330 to €100K.
Perhaps most relevant for poker fans will be the conclusion of the €100K Super High Roller, set to play to a conclusion when a winner will pocket €1,520,000. A loaded final six has emerged from a field of 44, with all of the remaining players in the money.
Everyone is looking up at Christoph Vogelsang, as the scarf-wearing German bagged over 100 big blinds to notch a decent lead over the red-hot Sam Greenwood — the Canadian enters having shipped two recent high roller events, one for over $1.2 million in Barcelona.
Here's how they'll be arrayed when play resumes:
|1||Ali Reza Fatehi||Iran||1,840,000|
|4||Isaac Haxton||United States||1,680,000|
|6||Justin Bonomo||United States||1,405,000|
Also of import, the Main Event at least gets under way. The marathon grind begins with the first of two starting days, with players able to enter — and now reenter once, for the first time ever — at the €5,300 price point. Ten levels are on tap today and we'll bring you hand history coverage right here on PokerNews.
Two prominent side events will conclude as well.
The €1,100 EPT National has just 24 players remaining in contention for a €250K first-place prize. Chip leader Michal Mrakes, PokerStars Team Pro Online Randy Lew and Gaelle Baumann appear to be the headliners.
Meanwhile, the €2,200 EPT National High Roller sees 55 players return out of 462. They're fighting for a €173K windfall. Plenty of big names remain in contention, including Leo Margets, Dario Sammartino, Jack Salter and Rainer Kempe.
Finally, the third and fourth flights of the €330 EPT Cup will go down.
PokerNews will bring you recaps, features and updates from all of the above throughout the day.