2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

€25,750 High Roller
Days: 1
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
30,000 / 60,000

€25,750 High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Khoroshenin, Dvoress and Silver At the Top After Day 1 of the High Roller in Monte-Carlo

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante
Will the fourth time be the charm for Daniel Dvoress?
Will the fourth time be the charm for Daniel Dvoress?

Day 1 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® €25,750 High Roller was cut to seven levels of 60 minutes instead of the usual 10 levels in order to give all high-stakes regulars the chance to watch the upcoming semi-final of the Champions League here in the Principality of Monaco.

So far, 126 players entered and another 17 single re-entries were purchased to create a 143-entry strong field. However, the registration remains open for another three levels on Day 2, and until then hopefuls can join the action via either their first or second entry in order to take a shot at the guaranteed $1,000,000 first-place prize. Furthermore, all remaining players at the start of level 11 will receive an additional time bank to give themselves an extra minute of consideration.

The High Roller field was filled with a ton of big names, many of which already had plenty of success at the international poker tables, and it was EPT10 Vienna champion Oleksii Khoroshenin who ended up on top of the counts with 208,000. He was closely followed by Daniel Dvoress with 207,100, and the Canadian is enjoying an exceptional run at the French Riviera, already having final tabled no fewer than three high rollers in the span of one week and racked up an astonishing €1,584,800 in the process.

High Roller Top 10 Chip Counts Day 1

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine208,000
2Daniel DvoressCanada207,100
3Max SilverUK202,400
4Josip SimunicAustria195,500
5Justin BonomoUSA183,300
6Julian StuerGermany176,000
7Erik SeidelUSA165,500
8Daniel NegreanuCanada150,800
9Vlado BanicevicMontenegro147,000
10Charlie CarrelUK143,000

Other big stacks through to Day 2 include Max Silver (202,400), EPT11 Deauville High Roller champion Josip Simunic (195,500), Justin Bonomo (183,300), Julian Stuer (176,000), poker stalwart Erik Seidel (165,500), Charlie Carrel (143,000), Jimmy Guerrero (143,000), Byron Kaverman (130,200), Dan Colman (128,700), Ryan Riess (110,500) and Mustapha Kanit (101,800)

The PokerStars Team saw Daniel Negreanu (150,800), Felipe Ramos (100,200), Liv Boeree (95,800), Jason Mercier (91,100), and Igor Kurganov (71,000) advance. Only Vanessa Selbst failed to bag up chips after running her short stack with pocket nines into the pocket tens of Javier Gomez Zapatero. Selbst can enter again on her second entry in the first three levels of Day 2 and the same applies for all that participated today and ran out of chips entirely.

Among those to buy in twice and bust as many times were Rocco Palumbo, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Jack Salter and Neel Murthy. Other notables that were eliminated include [Removed:17], Ramin Hajiyev, Fabrice Soulier, Jason Wheeler, Thiago Crema, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Salman Behbehani and Ihar Soika.

Max Silver already had almost four times the starting stack during the first two levels of the day, and the biggest pot came off a turned full house that got paid off by Eric Sfez with the nut flush. Julian Stuer joined the big stacks after sending Rocco Palumbo to the rail. Palumbo four-bet preflop and then check-called a shove on a ten-high board with three clubs, holding ace-king only, to see Stuer turn over pocket aces. Orpen Kisacikoglu lost the first bullet with pocket queens against the pocket kings of Josip Simunic after a jack-high flop, and Bryn Kenney ran with pocket kings into the pocket aces of Javier Gomez Zapatero.

More than one third of the field has been eliminated thus far. The action will resume tomorrow at 12.30 p.m. local time and ten levels of one hour each are tentatively scheduled for the second and penultimate day of the event. The blinds will recommence at 500-1,000 with a running ante of 100, giving all new entrants in the first level of the day 50 big blinds worth. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

Tags: Byron KavermanCharlie CarrelDaniel ColmanDaniel DvoressDaniel NegreanuErik SeidelFabrice SoulierFelipe RamosIgor KurganovJack SalterJason MercierJavier GomezJosip SimunicJulian StuerJustin BonomoLiv BoereeMax SilverMustapha KanitNeel MurthyOleksii KhorosheninOrpen KisacikogluRamin HajiyevRocco PalumboRyan RiessSalman BehbehaniThiago CremaVanessa SelbstVlado Banicevic

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

A recap of today's action will follow shortly.

Player Chips Progress
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
208,000 8,000
EPT 1X Winner
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
207,100 147,100
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
202,400 10,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Josip Simunic at
Josip Simunic
195,500 5,500
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
183,300 183,300
WSOP 3X Winner
Julian Stuer at
Julian Stuer
176,000 -24,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
165,500 -19,500
WSOP 8X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
150,800 15,800
Vlado Banicevic me
Vlado Banicevic
147,000 2,000
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
143,000 88,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
143,000 143,000
Sergio Cabrera es
Sergio Cabrera
130,300 25,300
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
130,200 10,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Colman us
Dan Colman
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
119,800 -10,200
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
119,700 -20,300
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
David Urban sk
David Urban
119,400 -15,600
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
119,400 69,400
WSOP 2X Winner
Dmitry Yurasov ru
Dmitry Yurasov
118,500 -16,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Vladimir Shabalin ru
Vladimir Shabalin
111,300 42,300
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
110,500 -14,500
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
101,800 56,800
Julian Thomas de
Julian Thomas
100,600 -9,400
WPT 1X Winner
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
100,200 200
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
95,800 5,800

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It's a Wrap

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

Day 1 of the €25,750 High Roller is in the books. Oleksii Khoroshenin has ended the day as the overall chipleader. Max Silver and Daniel Dvoress have also bagged big. All counts and an extensive recap follow shortly.

Colman Busts Behbehani

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

Sean Winter and Salman Behbehani have been eliminated in the last hands of the night. In the case of Behbehani, he got his last 16,000 in with the {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Dan Colman looked him up with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The board ran out {5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}{6-Spades} and Behbehani will have to re-enter tomorrow in order to take a shot at the prize pool.

Player Chips Progress
Dan Colman us
Dan Colman
128,700 68,700
Salman Behbehani us
Salman Behbehani
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter

Tags: Daniel ColmanSalman BehbehaniSean Winter

Soulier and Murthy Eliminated

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

Fabrice Soulier defended his big blind against a raise by Dario Sammartino and check-raised the flop of {7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs} for his last 10,000 with {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. Sammartino called with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} and held up thanks to the {2-Hearts} turn and {Q-Clubs} river.

One table over, Neel Murthy shoved for around 15,000 with the {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Sam Grafton reshoved in the cutoff with {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}. The board came {J-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and that was it for Murthy, who won't be able to re-enter after busting on his second bullet.

The vacant seat was filled with a big stack, but no player next to it. Apparently, Oleksii Khoroshenin had already vanished before the last hands of the night and may very well be the chip leader.

Player Chips Progress
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
200,000 150,000
EPT 1X Winner
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
130,000 32,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
65,000 18,000
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
WSOP 1X Winner
Neel Murthy us
Neel Murthy

Tags: Dario SammartinoFabrice SoulierNeel MurthyOleksii KhorosheninSam Grafton

Banicevic Takes the "German Sandwich"

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

Igor Kurganov raised to 2,000 and Liv Boeree called, as did Vlado Banicevic in the small blind and Dietrich Fast in the big blind. Boeree said "I like German sandwich", referring to Kurganov and Fast, before she then asked Banicevic where he was from. "Montenegro" was the reply and Boeree added "that's the sauce, the spice."

The flop came [As19h7s] and the action checked to Kurganov, who bet 3,500. Only Banicevic called and the {2-Clubs} turn and {3-Diamonds} river were then checked. Banicevic flashed {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and that ended up as the winner.

Player Chips Progress
Vlado Banicevic me
Vlado Banicevic
145,000 30,000
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
90,000 35,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
75,000 10,000

Tags: Dietrich FastIgor KurganovLiv BoereeVlado Banicevic

Luc Greenwood Shoves

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante
Luc Greenwood
Luc Greenwood

Jason Mercier opened the action with a raise to 1,700. Lucas Greenwood three-bet to 5,100, Dominik Nitsche four-bet to 13,000 on the button, Mercier folded and Greenwood called.

Both players checked the {Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop. Greenwood bet 10,000 on the {K-Spades} turn and Nitsche called. On the {7-Clubs} river, Greenwood shoved 35,800 and Nitsche folded.

Player Chips Progress
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
140,000 -15,000
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Lucas Greenwood ca
Lucas Greenwood
85,000 47,000

Tags: Dominik NitscheLucas Greenwood

Luca Flops and Flips Well to Double

Level 7 : 400-800, 100 ante

Ivan Luca raised to 2,000 and Joao Simao called before Javier Gomez Zapatero three-bet to 8,000 from one seat over. The action folded back to Luca, who let the clock run down to just three seconds before announcing all in. Simao folded, but Gomez Zapatero quickly tossed in a single chip for the call.

Javier Gomez Zapatero: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Ivan Luca: {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

The most classic race of tournament poker went to Luca, who flopped trips on a board of {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}.

Player Chips Progress
Javier Gomez Zapatero es
Javier Gomez Zapatero
75,000 -30,000
Ivan Luca ar
Ivan Luca
69,000 37,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Ivan LucaJavier GomezJoao Simao