€100,000 Super High Roller
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€100,000 Super High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Gierse Finishes Day 1 of €100,000 Super High Roller On Top with a Seven-Figure Stack

ajlamers • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Marius Gierse
Marius Gierse

After a quick eight levels of poker on Day 1, the largest buy-in of the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino wrapped up with 34 entries. It was a solid turnout for the €100,000 Super High Roller event that attracted many of the world's best high-stakes players in the world. By the day's end, only 21 players put chips in a bag and will return for Day 2 tomorrow.

It turned out to be a successful day for German poker pro Marius Gierse who started off strong in the opening levels and appeared to cruise seamlessly to a seven-figure stack. Gierse finished the day on top of the counts with a stack of 1,000,000 chips, which equates to over 160 big blinds. Gierse, who mainly makes his living at the online felt or on the cash game streets, is starting to dabble in the high-stakes live tournament fields and is finding great success. Winning an EPT High Roller event would just continue to add to his resume.

Following close in his footsteps is a rather unknown player in the poker world in the name of Kent Staahle. The Norwegian businessman is a CEO of an iGaming company and plays poker as a hobby. Staahle was on a bit more of a rollercoaster today, starting off strong in the early going, but dwindled his stack down to under 100,000 at one point. However, Staahle managed to eliminate a couple of players including Ben Heath and Jean-Noel Thorel en route to sending his stack back in the right direction. Finishing just shy of the one-million mark, Staahle bagged up 997,000 chips for a healthy stack heading to Day 2.

Top Ten Chip Counts After Day 1 of €100,000 Super High Roller

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Marius GierseAustria1,000,000167
2Kent StaahleNorway997,000166
3Sam GreenwoodCanada643,000107
4Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom619,000103
5Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus580,00097
6Christoph VogelsangGermany549,00092
7Mikalai VaskaboinakauBelarus468,00078
8Timothy AdamsCanada430,00072
9Joao VieiraPortugal430,00072
10Daniel DvoressCanada420,00070

To kick things off on Day 1, a total of 18 players were in their seats for the start of play in order to receive a 50% discount on the tournament fees. A starting stack of 250,000 allowed for many deep stacks and a lot of play throughout the day. The first elimination came in level 2 when #1 GPI ranked Ali Imsirovic was ousted with pocket queens against Jake Schindler's pocket aces. Imsirovic came back for a second bullet but found no luck in that as well as he was eliminated for a second time.

Ben Heath and Thorel were the other two players who burned through two bullets on the opening day. Seth Davies, Nick Petrangelo, Leon Tsoukernik, and Schindler were the only others to be eliminated thus far. Each of those players along with anyone else interested will have until the start of play on Day 2 to enter the field. With over €3.2 million already in the prizepool, the winner will be sure to walk away with a nice payday.

Day 2 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time in America's Room at Monte Carlo Sporting complex on the French Riviera. The blinds will resume on level 9 at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length and they are expected to play down to the final table before returning for Day 3.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates en route to crowining a new champion.

Tags: Ali ImsirovicBen HeathJake SchindlerJean-Noel ThorelKent StaahleLeon TsoukernikMarius GierseNick PetrangeloSeth Davies

End-Of-Day 1 Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Marius Gierse at
Marius Gierse
at 1,000,000 75,000
Kent Staahle no
Kent Staahle
no 997,000 227,000
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 643,000 -92,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 619,000 119,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 580,000 -10,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 549,000 169,000
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau by
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau
by 468,000 150,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 430,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
pt 430,000 75,000
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 420,000 85,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 374,000 107,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 373,000 -116,000
Juan Pardo es
Juan Pardo
es 366,000 -2,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 306,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie 268,000 18,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 148,000 2,000
Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer
142,000 -108,000
Matthias Eibinger at
Matthias Eibinger
at 130,000 -2,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 108,000
Sergi Reixach es
Sergi Reixach
es 80,000 27,000
Pascal Lefrancois ca
Pascal Lefrancois
ca 74,000 -248,000

Play Ended

poolshir • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Play has ended for today with 21 players making it through to Day 2.

The full chip counts and a recap are to follow,

Bujtas Doubles in Last Hand of the Night

poolshir • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Laszlo Bujtas shoved from under the gun for 48,000 and the action folded to Adrian Mateos in the cutoff who made the call. The rest also folded to let them battle it out.

Laszlo Bujtas: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Adrian Mateos: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for Bujtas to hit the river for the straight to double up with.

Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 306,000 -58,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 108,000 39,000

Tags: Adrian MateosLaszlo Bujtas

Mateos Jams on Badziakouski

ajlamers • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Mikita Badziakouski opened to 11,000 in early position and Adrian Mateos three-bet to 44,000 from the small blind. Badziakouski called and the dealer fanned the flop of {q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}.

Mateos led out with a bet of 33,000 and Badziakouski called to see the {8-Clubs} pair the board on the turn. Mateos dropped in another bet of 50,000 and Badziakouski still called.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and Mateos moved all in for 101,000 which got a quick fold from Badziakouski.

Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 590,000 -130,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 364,000 107,000

Tags: Mikita BadziakouskiAdrian Mateos

Adams Hits Better

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The flop read {6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Adrian Mateos check-called a bet of Timothy Adams on his left from the big blind.

The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and Mateos checked again. This time, Adams continued with a bet of 45,000 and got called again.

The river completed the board with the {7-Diamonds} and both players checked. Mateos showed the {8-Spades}{6-Clubs} for two pair, sevens and sixes, but Adams held the {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for the tens and sevens for the pot.

Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 430,000 80,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
es 257,000 -83,000

Tags: Adrian MateosTimothy Adams

Four More Hands

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The tournament clock has been paused and Sam Grafton had the honor to draw how many more hands would be played. He pulled the four out of the three available cards for four more hands to be played before the players can bag and tag their chips for Day 2.

Pardo Goes for Three Streets

ajlamers • Level 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Juan Pardo raised to 11,000 from under the gun and was called by Mikita Badziakouski on the button, Laszlo Bujtas in the small blind, and Matthias Eibinger in the big blind. The flop came {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Pardo continued with a bet of 10,000 which only Eibinger called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Eibinger check-called another bet of 20,000 from Pardo. The {q-Spades} paired the board on the river and Eibinger checked again. After using a time bank, Pardo shoved all in but Eibinger instantly mucked his cards.

Juan Pardo es
Juan Pardo
es 368,000 118,000
Matthias Eibinger at
Matthias Eibinger
at 132,000 -118,000

Tags: Mikita BadziakouskiMatthias EibingerLaszlo BujtasJuan Pardo

Staahle Has the Higher Kicker to Bust Thorel

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Jean Noel Thorel
Jean Noel Thorel

The flop read {4-Spades}{q-Spades}{8-Diamonds} when all the chips went in with Jean-Noel Thorel at risk from the big blind for the 150,000 or so he had in front of him against Kent Staahle in the under-the-gun position with the bigger stack.

Jean-Noel Thorel: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Kent Staahle: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

They had both flopped top pair but Staahle was ahead with the ace-kicker.

The rest of the board was completed with the {3-Diamonds} on the turn and the {9-Spades} on the river for Staahle to know the €10,200 Mystery Bounty winner out for today. Thorel might be back tomorrow, Monday, May 2 as registration will be open until the start of Day 2.

Kent Staahle no
Kent Staahle
no 770,000 230,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr Busted

Tags: Jean-Noel ThorelKent Staahle