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

Johns Leads Stacked Field in $25,000 High Roller

Happy_Freaked • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dustin Johns
Dustin Johns

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller is always one of the biggest and most stacked events of the year, and this year is no different.

After Day 1, American Dustin Johns led the way with 298,100 in chips, followed by World Poker Tour champions Jared Jaffee and Olivier Busquet. The first day of this event drew a total of 214 entries, with late registration open until the start of Day 2.

Busquet, who also won the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona for €896,434 in 2014 after beating his good friend Daniel Colman heads up, had a stellar day and bagged up 257,400 while he's in preparation for a six-figure MMA match with JC Alvarado.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon bagged up 294,000 after having held the chip lead for most of the day. Yoon knocked out Georgios Sotiropoulos with queens to ace-king, and that put him at the top.

Faraz Jaka, who finished third in the PCA Main Event in 2012, finished on 254,900, while two-time WPT winner Marvin Rettenmaier will take 190,100 to Day 2.

Former NFL star, seven-time Pro Bowler, and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour played on Day 1 as well, but after busting in the last level he had to reenter. Seymour had support from current Houston Texans player, and former New England Patriots teammate, Vince Wilfork, who came to check on his friend numerous times. Seymour survived the day and will come back tomorrow to chase after a spot at the final table.

During the day, Sarah Herring called the clock Seymour in the following video:

Among the shorter stacks that will be coming into Day 2, you've got EPT Grand Final champions Adrian Mateos with 58,000 and Steve O'Dwyer with 47,600, plus Team PokerStars Pro members Andre Akkari (59,100) and Jason Mercier (81,800).

Play will resume on Wednesday at 12 p.m. local time and another 10 levels will be played. will be right there with you for all the live updates, chip counts, and photos, so be sure to stay tuned.

Tags: Adrian MateosAndre AkkariBrian YoonDaniel Colman

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dustin Johns US 298,100 63,100
Robert Gorodetsky US 294,900 -30,100
Brian Yoon us 294,000 33,000
Jared Jaffee us 293,600 3,600
Isaac Baron us 258,000 38,000
Olivier Busquet us 257,400 -27,600
Faraz Jaka us 254,900 134,900
Chance Kornuth us 210,400 90,400
Guillermo Olvera MX 198,700 149,500
Marvin Rettenmaier de 190,100 10,100
Sean Winter us 186,500 26,500
Nick Yunis cl 186,400 186,400
Josh Beckley us 181,000 41,000
Ben Heath gb 177,300 52,300
Tom Hall gb 173,900 63,900
Nick Maimone us 168,400 -37,800
Tyler Patterson us 166,700 26,700
Jeff Gross us 166,100 19,100
Dario Sammartino it 156,200 6,200
Roger Tondeur fr 155,700 58,000
Joe Cada us 150,000 45,000
Chalie Hook US 150,000 150,000
William Foxen US 147,200 -2,800
Brian Altman us 147,100 30,800
Georgios Zisimopoulos gr 140,800 70,800

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Elias Five-Bet Shoves, Busts

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

Marvin Rettenmaier and Darren Elias got in a preflop raising war that ended with the latter five-bet shipping from the button and the former calling in the cutoff. Elias slowly revealed an {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}, but he wasn't in bad shape as Rettenmaier held {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. The race went to Rettenmaier though, as the {10-Hearts} door card was followed by {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. Elias needed running cards, and the {2-Diamonds} turn ended things.

"That was a bold snap," Anthony Zinno said with a smile.

Marvin Rettenmaier de 180,000 35,000
Darren Elias us Busted

Tags: Darren EliasMarvin RettenmaierAnthony Zinno

Four More Hands

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

The remaining field will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for any last-minute action, a list of chip counts, and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

Schemion Doubles Through Altman; Busquet More Than Healthy

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

Ole Schemion jammed from the button for 28,100, and big blind Brian Altman made the call shortly after getting a count. The German stood up in anticipation after seeing his {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} was flipping against {a-Hearts}{8-Clubs}, and the {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{k-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{10-Hearts} runout agreed with him.

At the same table, Olivier Busquet's clean living has clearly agreed with him as he's in contention for the chip lead with a bit shy of 300,000.

Olivier Busquet us 285,000 110,000
Brian Altman us 116,300 -18,700
Ole Schemion de 62,000 22,000

Tags: Ole SchemionOlivier Busquet

Gross Leads into Two

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

The pot was already bloated from preflop action with an {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop on the felt when two players checked to Michael Telker. He bet 9,000, and Jeff Gross called in the big blind. A player under the gun came along as well, and the turn was a {4-Diamonds}. Gross asked to see Telker's stack, which looked to be around 40,000. He then led out with what looked to be 38,000, eliciting two quick folds.

Jeff Gross us 147,000 12,000
Michael Telker us 45,200 -4,800

Tags: Jeff GrossMichael Telker

Red-Hot Gorodetsky Sends Volpe to the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

We saw Paul Volpe collecting his things and exiting the tournament area. A quick check with his former table confirmed that he'd just been eliminated at the hands of Robert Gorodetsky, who is sitting with a mountain of chips.

According to Gorodetsky, Volpe had shoved for his last 25,000 of so holding {q-}{10-} and he called with {a-}{10-}. The board ran out clean and Volpe hit the rail.

Gorodetsky then explained "the big one," which he had won a short time earlier. As he told it, he held pocket tens when he and another player, who held {a-}{k-}, saw a flop of {q-}{10-}{5-}. His opponent bet, Gorodetsky called, and a {J-} peeled off on the turn.

His opponent bet 45,000 holding Broadway, Gorodetsky called, and a second {Q-} paired the board on the river. The player with the straight moved all in for a good chunk of change, and Gorodetsky, who barely had him covered, snap-called with tens full of queens.

Robert Gorodetsky US 325,000
Paul Volpe us Busted

Tags: Robert GorodetskyPaul Volpe

Seiver Doubles Through McKeehen

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

Scott Seiver may have fallen on hard times since we last saw him, as he was all in for 17,500 when we arrived at his table. He held the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and was at risk against Joe McKeehen's {3-}{3-}. The board ran out in Seiver's favor as he flopped a ten, enabling him to survive.

Joe McKeehen us 52,500 2,500
Scott Seiver us 41,400 3,400

Tags: Joe McKeehenScott Seiver