AU$2,500 High Roller
AU$2,500 High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Kumar Claims Big Chip Lead After Day 1 of the A$2,500 High Roller

KaleGozer • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Anish Kumar
Anish Kumar

Day 1 of the A$2,500 High Roller at the Poker Palace Summer Championships has ended with a clear chip leader taking us into Day 2. Anish Kumar will bring 903,500 chips into the final day, a massive lead over his nearest rivals Stephen Gergis (602,000). Marco Perri (583,500), Jarod Cunningham (564,500), Rehman Kassam (516,500), and Morten Mortensen (514,500) were the other players to bag over half a million in chips,

Kumar found himself in the top of the standings for most of the day and bolstered his lead when he knocked out Patrick Camilleri and his 300,000 chip stack with set-over-set. At one point, Kumar even crested the one million mark to ultimately end at 900k.

Among the notables who made it through to the second and final day are Vincent Huang, Michael Oscuro and Peter Au, while Michael O'Grady, Craig Blight and Noel Jaber were unable to find themselves a bag at the end of the night.

The day finished with 45 players from the 122 entries, a number that's expected to rise as late registration will be available right up until the end of the first blind level on Day 2. The prize pool of the event is already up to A$270,000, smashing the estimated prize pool of $150,000.

Day 2 will start at 4.00 p.m local time and will play down to a winner. At 5 p.m. tomorrow, cards will also be in the air for Day 1a of the $1,150 Main Event. Follow along with PokerNews throughout the week as we bring you all the latest from the Summer Championships at the Poker Palace!

Check the Day 2 Seat Draw here

Rehman Kassam takes a top 5 stack into Day 2
Rehman Kassam takes a top 5 stack into Day 2

Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

MervHarvey • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Anish Kumar au 903,500 103,500
Steven Gergis au 602,000 602,000
Marco Perri au 583,500 358,500
Jarod Cunningham au 564,500 464,500
Rehman Kassam gb 514,500 197,500
Morten Mortensen dk 514,500 19,500
Michael Brahim AU 431,500 -43,500
William Undy NZ 430,000 430,000
Peter Au AU 424,500 -48,500
Michael Oscuro au 405,000 245,000
Robert Spano au 355,500 155,500
Didier Guerin au 352,000 352,000
David Sebesfi AU 309,000 249,000
Robert Damelian au 304,000 214,000
Vincent Huang au 291,000 191,000
Yita Choong AU 279,000 279,000
David Rodwell AU 276,000 116,000
Bassam Habib au 265,000 175,000
Jarrod Thatcher au 260,500 160,500
Wissam Al Hayek 251,000 131,000
Colin Tran 248,000 248,000
Patrick Yazbeck AU 242,500 27,500
Michel Bouskila au 234,500 69,500
Luis Arrilucea au 228,500 148,500
Alan Zhang 210,000 210,000

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Day 2 Seat Draw

KaleGozer • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
11Collin Tran248,000
13Richard Faura94,500
14Vincent Huang291,000
15Jamal Ishac172,000
16Steven Gergis602,000
17Honglin Jiang44,000
22Jarrod Thatcher260,500
23Yita Choong279,000
25Chris Tran96,500
26Wissam Al Hayek251,000
28Michel Bouskila234,500
31Jarryd Godena115,000
32David Rodwell276,000
33Peter An424,500
36Meerwais Hussaini104,000
37Lewis Murray168,000
38Toby Giles128000
41George Elias96,500
42Alan Zheng210,000
43David Hanna83,000
46William Undy430,000
47Joseph Antar177,000
48Luis Arrilucea228,500
53Rehman Kassam516,500
54Jarod Cunningham564,500
55Steve Pappas160,500
56Rob Damelian304,000
57Marco Perri583,500
58Morten Mortensen514,500
62Didier Guerin352,000
63Ryan Bownds161,500
65Anish Kumar903,500
66Patrick Yazbeck242,500
67Charles Chiha115,000
68Dejan Boskovic168,000
71Michael Oscuro405,000
72Kaygee Gergis165,000
76Rob Spano355,500
77Bassam Habib265,000
78Marc Seymour144,000
81Patrick Camilleri100,000
84David Sebesfi309,000
85Michael Brahim431,500
86Jim Pizanias181,500
87Ben Salah98,000
88Tyson Orth145,000

Day 1 Complete

MervHarvey • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The final hands of Day 1 of the High Roller are being dealt, some tables are bagging already. Chip counts and a recap to come.

Six More Hands

MervHarvey • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Just announced that six more hands will be played before bagging.

Last Level of the Day

MervHarvey • Level 12: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The last level of the day, level 12, has just been announced. After this level, the remaining players will bag up their chips, ready for Day 2.


Kumar Versus Mortensen

MervHarvey • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Anish Kumar (left)
Anish Kumar (left)

Morten Mortensen had just been moved tables to be on the left of one of the big stacks, Anish Kumar.

Kumar from UTG raised to 7,500, play folded around to Noel Jaber in the small blind who called. Morten Mortensen in the big blind then 3-bet to 35,000, Kumar called and Jaber got out of the way to let the bigger stacks fight it out.

The flop came {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}, and Kumar put out a bet of 41,000. After thinking about it for a short time, Mortensen released his cards into the muck and Kumar pulled in the pot.