2012 World Series of Poker Europe

€50,000 Majestic High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2012 World Series of Poker Europe

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

€50,000 Majestic High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Day 1 of Majestic High Roller Concludes with Juanda Leading

Level 8 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
John Juanda
John Juanda

Day 1 of the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe has come and gone. With 43 entries throughout the day and just a few eliminations, tomorrow will be the real test of everyone's poker skill. At the end of the night, John Juanda led the way with 538,500 in chips.

Juanda is no stranger to big buy-in events, and he's come out in a fury here in this one, but things didn't start off well for him. Juanda was eliminated not once, but twice and is working with his third bullet in the event. Thanks to a huge clash with Marvin Rettenmaier, though, two rockets catapulted Juanda into the lead during the last level of the night.

Along with Juanda — who is one of the most household names in poker — plenty of notable players were in action and have advanced to Day 2. Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett, Tom Dwan, Tony G and Erik Seidel will all be back tomorrow.

On the other side of the coin, Eugene Katchalov and current Octo-Niner Gregory Merson were two players who were eliminated on the day. Both opted not to rebuy. Wang Qiang was also eliminated and opted not to fire off another €50,000.

After a late start for Day 1, tomorrow will be much of the same as play begins at 4:00 PM local time. Registration will remain open through the first level of tomorrow, and that's also how long the rebuy period will remain open. Be sure to return right back here to these pages for all the PokerNews coverage. We'll see you then.

Tags: John Juanda

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Player Chips Progress
John Juanda id
John Juanda
538,000 -40,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
EPT 1X Winner
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
408,200 16,200
David Benefield us
David Benefield
375,100 95,100
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
370,900 30,900
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 2X Winner
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
355,000 95,000
Tony G lt
Tony G
350,000 215,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
348,800 36,800
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
320,200 5,200
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
293,800 53,800
WSOP 9X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
WPT 1X Winner
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
291,500 61,500
Alex Mostafavi
Alex Mostafavi
269,900 39,900
Lifeng Chen cn
Lifeng Chen
239,900 -20,100
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
238,600 92,600
WSOP 3X Winner
Kristijonas Andrulis lt
Kristijonas Andrulis
235,400 50,400
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
232,400 108,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Thomas Wahlroos fi
Thomas Wahlroos
224,200 146,200
Roger Hairabedian fr
Roger Hairabedian
218,600 66,600
WSOP 2X Winner
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
204,700 -25,300
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
196,200 200
Jani Sointula fi
Jani Sointula
170,800 -24,200
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
169,200 6,200
WSOP 1X Winner
Andrew Lichtenberger us
Andrew Lichtenberger
168,400 6,400
WSOP 1X Winner
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
166,600 10,600
EPT 1X Winner
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
150,000 20,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
143,300 1,300

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Juanda Smashes Rettenmaier with Aces

From middle position, John Juanda opened the pot with a raise to 4,800. Marvin Rettenmaier put in a reraise to 13,600 from the cutoff seat, then Igor Kurganov reraised to 30,100 from the button. Action folded through the blinds and back to Juanda. He didn;t take long before putting in a five-bet to 60,200. This sent Rettenmaier into the tank.

Rettenmaier was tanking while Kurganov was waiting for him to act. When this happened, Philipp Gruissem walked over to talk to Kurganov, but saw he was in a hand... again.

"F***, you're always in a f***ing hand!" said Gruissem before walking back over to his table. Kurganov cracked a smile while Rettenmaier kept tanking.

Eventually, Rettenmaier reraised all in for approximately 160,000. Kurganov folded, and Juanda simply turned over the {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} to signify his call. Rettenmaier didn't like what he saw and disgustedly turned up the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}, knowing he made a stumble.

The flop, turn and river ran out {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, and Juanda's aces were the winning hand. He had Rettenmaier covered, which eliminated Rettenmaier. Rettenmaier was a bit upset that he had to make a decision to rebuy righ then and there. He wanted to wait until tomorrow, but couldn't. Therefore, he said he would rebuy and went to get the finances sorted. Meanwhile, Juanda climbed to nearly 600,000 in chips.

Player Chips Progress
John Juanda id
John Juanda
578,000 433,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
EPT 1X Winner
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
163,000 -77,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Marvin Rettenmaier de
Marvin Rettenmaier

Tags: John JuandaMarvin RettenmaierPhilipp GruissemIgor Kurganov

Yong Gets Lucky And Busts Sun

Y Chang raised under the gun to 5,000 after which Richard Yong, who was directly to his left, three-bet to 12,000. Sheng Sun decided to four-bet to 37,000 and the action was quickly folded back around to Yong.

Yong went into the tank for a while, played with his chips, and eventually put his opponent all in. Sun called off his remaining 120,000 chips creating a very big pot.

Richard Yong: {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}
Sheng Sun: {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}, and Yong high-fived Chang while Sun left the tournament. He chose not to re-buy, and with that we lost a player.

Player Chips Progress
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
392,000 122,000
Sheng Sun us
Sheng Sun

Tags: Richard YongSheng Sun

One More Level

Level 8 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante

The players are now in the last level of the night. Another 60 minutes of play before bagging up until tomorrow.

Level: 8

Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Ante: 300