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$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl



$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
Day 1 Completed

Negreanu Destroys Day 1 of Super High Roller Bowl 2018

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Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

One of the most decorated players in history, Poker Hall of Famer and all-time winningest player Daniel Negreanu made a strong statement on Day 1 of the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl 2018: "I'm here to win this tournament."

Negreanu stormed through the first seven levels of play in the stylish PokerGO Studio just outside of the ARIA Resort & Casino, bagging an overwhelming chip lead.

The field of 48 players brought a mix of the world's elite players where Negreanu may be deemed an old-schooler. "Kid Poker," however, spent the vast majority of the last year adjusting to today's trends, working on his game to keep up with the pace of eager youngsters who spend endless hours with various game-solving programs.

The approach has been paying off for Negreanu so far. He claimed on PokerGO's original show "INSIDERS" that he won $1 million when he played his first event since he started exploring the new area of the game theory drill.

Now he's off to a fantastic start in the Super High Roller Bowl, a tournament he's called the most prestigious in the world. Negreanu is one of only 14 players who entered all four editions but he's failed to cash in previous years.

Bagging 1,618,000 tonight gets him closer to his first notch but there's still a ton of poker to be played before the final seven players split the $14.4 million prize pool. But it's a great base camp for Negreanu whose day in the office was almost inch-perfect. He has raced out front, more than 150 big blinds ahead of his nearest competitors.

Negreanu's rise to the top of the leaderboard started when he took a big chunk off Doug Polk on a double-paired board, getting the value with queens from Polk's tens.

"I really came in with a specific focus," Negreanu said. "Obviously, you know your table draw beforehand. I know that Doug on my left is trying to get under my skin and he's gonna try to throw me off my game. I'm a veteran at this, I'm not gonna be distracted."

Daniel Negreanu & Doug Polk
Daniel Negreanu & Doug Polk

Negreanu crossed 1 million in the fifth level. The only player who was chasing him for the lead was Kathy Lehne, fearless poker aficionado and the only female player in the field.

Lehne had a brilliant start to the event, causing the first elimination when 2015 champ Brian Rast bluffed off his stack in the opening level, running into Lehne's nut straight.

The race between Negreanu and Lehne for the overnight lead went into Negreanu's favor after he knocked out Andrew Lichtenberger with a nut flush over a set of fours to get himself a cushion at the top. Lehne eventually finished the day with 801,000, the sixth-biggest stack.

Jason Koon parked in second place after winning a huge coin flip, eliminating satellite qualifier Timofey Kuznetsov to soar to 986,000. Steffen Sontheimer is on his heels with 980,000 while other big stacks feature Stephen Chidwick (888,500), Bryn Kenney (852,500), Seth Davies (738,000), and Justin Bonomo (675,500). Defending champion Christoph Vogelsang has 232,500 and 2017 champ Rainer Kempe bagged 157,000.

Super High Roller bowl brings an interesting cross-over between generations of superstar players. Perhaps two of the most iconic heroes of different decades who demonstrate it the best are Fedor Holz and Phil Ivey. They'll both be back in action tomorrow as Holz finished with 522,500 while Ivey has 254,000.

Day 1 saw 18 players bow out, leaving 30 players in the competition ahead of Day 2. Those who fell included David Peters, Tom Marchese, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Isaac Haxton, Ben Tollerene, Erik Seidel and Igor Kurganov, among others.

Super High Roller Bowl 2018 continues Monday, May 28 at 12 p.m. PDT with the blinds of 2,000/4,000 and the big blind ante of 3,000.

Come back to PokerNews for the live updates as our team will be again on the ground to provide the coverage of the immense high stakes action.

Tags: Brian RastChristoph VogelsangDaniel NegreanuDoug PolkFedor HolzJason KoonKathy LehnePhil IveyRainer KempeStephen Chidwick

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts

mnuwwarah • Level 7: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 1,618,000 68,000
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 986,000 36,000
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer
de 960,500 130,500
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 888,500 -11,500
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 852,500 7,500
Kathy Lehne us
Kathy Lehne
us 801,500 -34,500
Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
us 738,000 19,500
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 675,500 10,500
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
us 634,000 54,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 564,000 67,500
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
us 532,000 87,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 522,500 147,500
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 499,500 -135,500
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 437,500 -17,500
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 410,500 -24,500
Matt Hyman us
Matt Hyman
us 386,500 -43,500
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by 334,000 -121,000
Keith Tilston us
Keith Tilston
us 254,500 94,500
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 254,000 12,500
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
at 251,000 -59,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 232,500 -42,500
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 231,000 -134,000
Jake Schindler us
Jake Schindler
us 203,000 -17,000
Bill Perkins us
Bill Perkins
us 159,500 -13,500
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
au 159,500 -193,500

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Mateos Eliminated on Final Hand

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Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

On the last hand at the last table that hadn't bagged, Justin Bonomo opened button and called a shove of about 50,000 from big blind Adrian Mateos.

Justin Bonomo: {a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Adrian Mateos: {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The board came {5-Spades}{k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Mateos became the final Day 1 elimination.

Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es Busted

Tags: Adrian MateosJustin Bonomo

Three More

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Three more hands at each table and Day 1 is dusted.

Vogelsang Takes from Ruge

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Arne Ruge opened to 6,000 from the button and Christoph Vogelsang called in the big blind.

The flop landed {5-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{A-Spades} and Vogelsang check-called a bet of 3,500 from Ruge.

Both players checked the {7-Spades} on the turn, and when the river landd the {6-Clubs}, Vogelsang bet out 14,000 and Ruge used two time extension chips before folding.

Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
de 275,000 30,000
Arne Ruge de
Arne Ruge
de 55,000 -7,500

Tags: Arne RugeChristoph Vogelsang

Lehne Caught Bluffing

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Bryn Kenney checked from the big blind on a final board of {9-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{a-Clubs}. Kathy Lehne fired in a pot-sized bet of 100,000 and Kenney used a time extension before calling. Lehne simply mucked and Kenney took the pot without showdown.

Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 845,000 80,000
Kathy Lehne us
Kathy Lehne
us 836,000 -214,000

Tags: Bryn KenneyKathy Lehne

Ruge Gets Shorter

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The action folded round to Sergio Aido in the small blind, and he raised to 10,000.

Arne Ruge called in the big blind, and then both players checked the {3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop.

The turn landed the {5-Clubs} and Aido bet out 16,000. Ruge folded, and Aido collected the pot.

Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 455,000 15,000
Arne Ruge de
Arne Ruge
de 62,500 -12,500

Tags: Arne RugeSergio Aido

Davies Doubles Through Kempe

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On the live stream, Seth Davies bet about 60,000 on a {2-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{9-Hearts} flop and Rainer Kempe raised to 143,000. Davies shoved all in for about 100,000 more and Kempe called with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Davies held {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and was primed for a double. The board ran out {2-Diamonds} and {a-Diamonds} and he got exactly that.

Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
us 718,500 271,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 236,000 -157,500

Tags: Rainer KempeSeth Davies