$25,000 High Roller
$25,000 High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Scott Seiver Bags Day 1 Chip Lead, Schindler Lives to Defend Title

Josh_Cahlik • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Scott Seiver Leads the Pack
Scott Seiver Leads the Pack

That's all she wrote from Day 1 of the $25,000 High Roller at the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. After 10 hours of play, the surviving players have bagged up their chips to return for the second day of action. In the end it was none other than 2013 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller champion Scott Seiver who bagged up the top spot on the chip counts with 307,000 in chips.

Seiver emerged as the one of the top stacks in the room about halfway through the day and was able to ride that momentum to the very top of the counts by the end of the night. Other top stacks include Oleksii Khoroshenin (272,00), Niall Farrell (271,000), Georgios Sotiropoulos (262,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (258,800).

The event attracted a record-breaking 257 entries throughout Day 1, and that stemmed from 197 unique players and 60 reentries. This trumps last year's record-setting performance of 247 total entries. With registration still open until the start of Day 2, this total is expected to soar to an even higher one.

This event offered a single reentry to players whose bankrolls were deep enough given an elimination on the first bullet. Among the players to take advantage of that were Ivan Luca, Antonio Buonanno, Darren Elias, Christoph Vogelsang, Kevin MacPhee, Ivan Luca, Max Altergott, Ole Schemion, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, and Sergio Aido.

While Seiver bagged up the top stack, he is among the most elite competition possible in poker. Some of the notable stacks to return for Day 2 include Davidi Kitai (244,700), Faraz Jaka (222,700), Dominik Nitsche (211,800), Tony Gregg (193,400), Dani Stern (145,100), Brandon Steven (137,700), Mike McDonald (113,900), Shaun Deeb (110,700), and this year's $100,000 Super High Roller champion Steve O'Dwyer (84,700). Also returning to the felt on Day 2 is reigning champion Jake Schindler, who bagged a solid stack of 128,500.

Team PokerStars Pro also had a solid showing with several of the professionals advancing to the second day. Among those returning are Jason Mercier (153,800), Daniel Negreanu (153,300), Jake Cody (124,300), and Eugene Katchalov (41,800).

Some of the players to fire two bullets but ultimately come up short include Isaac Haxton, Matt Waxman, and Buonanno.

Play resumes at 12 p.m. on Tuesday in the luxurious Atlantis Paradise Island. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest from the tournament floor.

While you wait, check out Chris Moneymaker losing to our very own Remko Rinkema in beer pong:

Tags: Scott Seiver

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 307,300 64,300
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 272,000 272,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 271,100 -28,900
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 262,000 2,000
Andre Akkari br
Andre Akkari
br 258,800 48,800
John Krpan ca
John Krpan
ca 253,900 253,900
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be 244,700 46,700
Donald Rae gb
Donald Rae
gb 243,700 14,700
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
az 224,800 -25,200
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 222,700 -20,300
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 213,600 28,600
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 211,800 142,800
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
no 199,200 66,200
Zvi Stern IL
Zvi Stern
IL 197,600 197,600
Lawrence Greenberg us
Lawrence Greenberg
us 193,400 14,400
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 193,400 8,400
Jean-Pascal Savard ca
Jean-Pascal Savard
ca 187,500 500
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 179,600 5,600
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 178,000 8,000
Ilkin Garibli az
Ilkin Garibli
az 174,300
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
ar 174,200 124,200
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 173,500 67,500
Ilkin Amirov az
Ilkin Amirov
az 170,000 47,000
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
us 166,000 -4,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 165,100 53,100

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Hutter Loses Chip Lead at the End

donpeters • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Barry Hutter
Barry Hutter

With the final board reading {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}, Barry Hutter checked to Georgios Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos fired a bet of 31,600, to which Hutter responded by moving all in. With just over 77,000 behind, Sotiropoulos went into the tank.

... and tank he did.

After seven or eight minutes of watching Sotiropoulos tank — so long that most of the other tables began to bag up their chips — Will "The Thrill" Failla asked for the clock. A member of the floor staff appeared, assessed the situation, and informed the table that he wouldn't put the clock on Sotiropoulos because the tournament clock had been stopped and Sotiropoulos wasn't wasting any time actual tournament time.

"You know you're wrong, right?" said Failla straight away. "We can't just sit here all night."

"We've still got more hands to play, that can't be right," said Jason Mercier, who was also seated at the table.

A second member of the floor staff came over and it was determined that the clock would in fact be put on Sotiropoulos. After about 45 seconds passed, Sotiropoulos stuck in his chips to make the call.

Hutter tabled the {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for two pair, but that was no good against Sotiropoulos' {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} for the nut flush. Sotiropoulos was all in on the river for a total of 108,800 and doubled to about 260,000. Hutter was left with about 170,000 in chips.

"Get the f*** outta here with that hand!" exclaimed Failla, very surprised at how long Sotiropoulos took with the nut flush. "I thought he had aces."

"I thought he had a full house," commented Mercier with a smile.

"A full house?!?!" said Failla. "You guys are f***ing wizards over here."

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 260,000 192,000
Barry Hutter us
Barry Hutter
us 170,000 -135,000

Tags: Barry HutterGeorgios SotiropoulosJason MercierWill Failla

Panyak Doubles Through Deeb

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

On a flop of {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, we found Shaun Deeb in the small blind considering calling the shove of big blind Maxim Panyak. It was about 19,000 into a pot of around 22,000, and Deeb splashed in a call.

Deeb: {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Panyak: {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Deeb was able to hit two pair on the {k-Clubs} river, but it was after Panyak turned a better two pair with the {9-Clubs}.

Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 100,100 -44,900
Maxim Panyak ru
Maxim Panyak
ru 60,000 26,500

Tags: Maxim PanyakShaun Deeb

Four More Hands

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

Tournament staff has announced four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.