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$10,300 High Roller



$10,300 High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Darren Elias Holds the Day 1 Chip Lead of the $10,300 High Roller

ajlamers • Level 12: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Darren Elias
Darren Elias

The opening day has wrapped up for the partypoker MILLIONS North America inside the Playground Poker Club. The $10,300 High Roller has concluded with just 26 players finding a bag. Darren Elias emerged as the chip leader with an impressive 6,200,000 and will surely be the man to beat when Day 2 begins.

Elias has a well-documented resume to back up his Day 1 performance. The New Jersey native has amassed over $5.5 million in career earnings with his biggest win coming at the WPT Borgata in 2014 for $843,744. Elias will be looking to add to his totals but will have some stiff company to get through.

Marc MacDonnell is not sitting too far in the distance, bagging up 6,135,000. MacDonnell held the chip lead for the better part of the day but a late rally by Elias barely surpassed him. Rounding out the top three is David Eldridge (6,000,000) who was the only other player to bag at least six million chips.

Some other notables to find a bag at the end of the day include partypoker Sponsored Pro Kristen Bicknell (1,285,000), Parker Talbot (2,850,000), Chris Moorman (5,280,000), Victor Ramdin (5,900,000), Anthony Zinno (3,190,000), and Martin Jacobson (870,000). There was no question there would be a lot of familiar faces in the field today, but unfortunately, not all of them would make it through the day unscaved. Some of the big names to fall out of contention were partypoker Sponsored Pro Roberto Romanello, partypoker Ambassador Joao Simao, Alex Foxen, Brian Yoon, and Jonathan Duhamel.

When the action got underway at 12:00 PM local time, there were just 11 players in their seats. That number quickly grew and by the first break the number of entries was up to over 40. Players were only given the option to re-enter once, so they were forced to tread lightly after whipping through their first bullet. By the time late registration closed, a total of 80 entries were tallied, bringing the prizepool to $970,000. There will be 10 players able to walk away with some cash in their pockets and the winner will take home a cool $300,000.

The remaining 26 players will return at 12:00 PM on Sunday, April 22 for Day 2 of the tournament. The action will start on level 13 with the blinds at 35,000/70,000 and a button ante of 70,000. The action will continue throughout the day with 40-minute levels and will play until a winner is crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates.

Tags: Alex FoxenAnthony ZinnoBrian YoonChance KornuthDarren EliasDavid EldridgeJonathan DuhamelKristen BicknellMarc MacDonnellMartin JacobsonParker TalbotVictor RamdinRoberto Romanello

Day 2 Seat Draw

ajlamers • Level 12: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
581Peter Jetten2,565,000
583Chris Moorman5,285,000
584Martin Jacobson870,000
585Benoit Galland3,960,000
586Victor Ramdin5,900,000
587Yuan Jiang2,300,000
588Christopher Kruk1,325,000
622Taj Alakoozi1,500,000
623Louis Boutin3,280,000
625Shaan Siddiqui3,020,000
626Viktor Blom2,550,000
627Mike Watson1,295,000
628Anthony Zinno3,190,000
662David Eldridge6,000,000
664Mohsin Charania740,000
665Niall Farrell600,000
666Michael Del Vecchio2,935,000
667Samuel Chartier2,255,000
668Kevin Hobbs5,890,000
701Gal Yifrach4,930,000
702Ami Alibay940,000
703Darren Elias6,200,000
705Jonathan Vanfleet2,050,000
706Parker Talbot2,850,000
707Marc MacDonnell6,135,000
708Kristen Bicknell1,285,000

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

MartianNews • Level 12: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us 6,200,000 640,000
Marc MacDonnell ie
Marc MacDonnell
ie 6,135,000 705,000
David Eldridge us
David Eldridge
us 6,000,000 1,350,000
Victor Ramdin us
Victor Ramdin
us 5,900,000 1,965,000
Kevin Hobbs CA
Kevin Hobbs
CA 5,890,000 -510,000
Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
gb 5,280,000 1,640,000
Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
us 4,930,000 4,930,000
Benoit Galland ca
Benoit Galland
ca 3,960,000 1,200,000
Louis Boutin ca
Louis Boutin
ca 3,280,000 605,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 3,190,000 2,190,000
Shaan Siddiqui ca
Shaan Siddiqui
ca 3,020,000 3,020,000
Michael Del Vecchio us
Michael Del Vecchio
us 2,935,000 2,935,000
Parker Talbot ca
Parker Talbot
ca 2,850,000 2,245,000
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 2,565,000 2,565,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 2,550,000 2,550,000
Yuan Jiang
Yuan Jiang
2,300,000 -900,000
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 2,255,000 -275,000
Jon Van Fleet us
Jon Van Fleet
us 2,050,000 2,050,000
Taj Alakazooi
Taj Alakazooi
1,500,000 1,500,000
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
ca 1,325,000 -1,565,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 1,295,000 -535,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 1,285,000 -615,000
Ami Alibay ca
Ami Alibay
ca 940,000 220,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 870,000 -530,000
Mohsin Charania us
Mohsin Charania
us 740,000 740,000

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Last Four Hands of the Day

ajlamers • Level 12: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

With just 15 minutes remaining on the tournament clock, the tournament director has announced that each table will play their last four hands of the night before the players bag and tag for Day 2.

Hobbs Storms to the Head of the Pack

ajlamers • Level 12: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Kevin Hobbs
Kevin Hobbs

Niall Farrell raised to 125,000 from early position and Kevin Hobbs re-raised to 400,000 from the hijack. The action folded back around to Farrell who just decided to call and go heads-up to a flop of {j-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}.

Farrell checked to Hobbs who continued for 500,000. Farrell took a brief moment before check-raising all in, putting Hobbs to the test for the remainder of his stack. "I'm not good enough to fold this hand," Hobbs said before sticking in the rest of his chips.

Hobbs tabled {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} while Farrell flipped over his overpair of {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. The turn brought the {a-Hearts} and the {a-Spades} on the river paired the board improving Hobbs to a full house.

Kevin Hobbs CA
Kevin Hobbs
CA 6,400,000 5,750,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 930,000 -1,276,000

Tags: Kevin HobbsNiall Farrell


Ramdin Sticks Around with Nines

MartianNews • Level 11: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Victor Ramdin
Victor Ramdin

Victor Ramdin opened to 110,000 from middle position, Darren Elias three-bet to 300,000 in late position and Ramdin called. On an all-heart flop of {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, Ramdin checked, Elias bet 225,000 and Ramdin called after a few seconds.

The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and Ramdin checked again to Elias who checked behind. The river was the {10-Spades} which did not change much as both players checked once more. At showdown, Ramdin showed {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} which was good enough as Elias mucked.

Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us 5,560,000 2,660,000
Victor Ramdin us
Victor Ramdin
us 3,935,000 2,105,000

Tags: Darren EliasVictor Ramdin

Jiang Goes Runner-Runner to Stay Alive

ajlamers • Level 11: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Kristen Bicknell raised to 110,000 from the hijack and was called my Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault in the cutoff, Benoit Galland on the button, and Louis Boutin in the small blind. With the action on Yuan Jiang in the big blind, Jiang shipped all in for 1,435,000. Bicknell quickly mucked her hand while Carpentier-Perrault re-shipped all in over the top. Galland and Boutin also laid their hands down, meaning the final two hands were face up.

Yuan Jiang: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

The flop came {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Carpentier-Perrault spiked a set of sevens to take a commanding lead in the pot. Jiang would need to go runner-runner to make a flush. The turn brought the {2-Clubs} giving Jiang some hope and the river landed the {6-Clubs}. Jiang made a flush to overcome Carpentier-Perrault's flopped set and get a full double up.

Yuan Jiang
Yuan Jiang
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 1,900,000 1,163,000
Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault ca
Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault
ca 1,075,000 -2,245,000

Tags: Marc-Olivier PerraultKristen Bicknell

Prizepool & Payouts

ajlamers • Level 11: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

The numbers have been tallied and with a total of 80 entries, there will be $970,000 up for grabs. There will be 10 players lucky enough to walk away with some money, with a min-cash being worth $22,500 and the winner taking home $300,000. A full list of payouts can be seen in the 'Payouts' tab.

The 2014 WSOP Main Event winner, Martin Jacobson, was busy building up a stack in the $1,100 Open event but saw the number of entries in the $10,300 High Roller. He quickly paid the registration desk a visit during the last break and has taken a new seat across the room. Jacobson will be looking to quickly build up a stack or he will find himself back in the $1,100 Open event.

Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 1,400,000

Tags: Martin Jacobson