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Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em

Holz Leads; Peters and Kisacikoglu Right Behind in Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em

MattHansen • Level 12: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Fedor Holz

Germany’s Fedor Holz leads 28 surviving players at the end of Day 1 in Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The last high roller event of the series attracted a total of 53 runners on Day 1, and more are expected before the end of late registration at the beginning of Day 2.

Holz has the lead in part thanks to a double-up through Nick Petrangelo just after the day’s halfway point. The German poker star will return with over 3 million chips to take a shot at his third WSOP gold bracelet. Not far behind are David Peters, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and Sam Grafton.

$100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Fedor HolzGermany3,415,000
2David PetersUnited States3,305,000
3Orpen KisacikogluTurkey3,040,000
4Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom2,120,000
5Bill KleinUnited States1,885,000
6Jonathan LittleUnited States1,625,000
7Seth DaviesUnited States1,260,000
8Laszlo Bujtas Hungary1,240,000
9John LilicCanada1,190,000
10Michael AddamoAustralia885,000

Peters jumped up the leaderboard in the last level when he busted Justin Bonomo with a pair of queens. Kisacikoglu busted Jason Koon late in the evening to move above 2 million chips, and he added more before the end of the night to set up a return with just over 3 million. Grafton found momentum late with the elimination of Mateos, and he will return looking to improve on his 13th place finish in the 2019 offering of this event.

Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

Among the players who made an early exit on Day 1 were Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Darren Elias, Dario Sammartino and recent Super High Roller champion Adrian Mateos. Mateos used his re-entry and will not have the chance to return tomorrow.

Negreanu, Schindler, Peters, and Petrangelo are among those that re-entered the event, and they will be live on Day 2.

Registration closes, and cards go in the air for Day 2 at 12 noon PT on Monday, November 22. Blinds will start in Level 13 at 20,000/40,000/40,000, and players that join the tournament on Day 2 will start with 600,000 in tournament chips. The action will continue until the field is down to five players for a Day 3 finale that will be broadcast on PokerGo on November 23.

Be sure to keep it here throughout the rest of the series for updates on the closing events from the PokerNews live reporting team at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Tags: Adrian MateosAli ImsirovicBill KleinBrian RastDaniel NegreanuDario SammartinoDarren EliasDavid PetersFedor HolzJake SchindlerJason KoonJohn LilicJonathan LittleJustin BonomoLaszlo BujtasMichael AddamoNick PetrangeloOrpen KisacikogluSam GraftonSeth Davies