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€50,000 Majestic High Roller
€50,000 Majestic High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 of Majestic High Roller Concludes with Juanda Leading

donpeters • 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.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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

John Juanda id 578,000 433,000
Igor Kurganov ru 163,000 -77,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de Busted

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.

Richard Yong my 392,000 122,000
Sheng Sun us Busted

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One More Level

donpeters • 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.