Event #9: €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
Event #9: €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Gruissem Top Dog as Four Germans Bag in Top Five

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Philipp Gruissem
Philipp Gruissem

German domination of high roller events continued with Event #9: €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller at World Series of Poker Europe at King's Casino.

Four of the top five chip counts at the close of Day 1 belong to players hailing from Germany, chief among them Philipp Gruissem, who bagged just shy of six starting stacks with 2,905,000. Gruissem finds himself in very familiar territory, having won five events with buy-ins of at least $25,000 in a stellar career that's seen him rack up nearly $11 million in cashes.

Gruissem made mincemeat of poor Piotr Franczak late, first cracking his aces with pocket nines by flopping a set and then three-betting Franczak's button open with ace-king and snapping off the four-bet shove for about 30 big blinds. Franczak had ace-five and the board delivered no help.

"Philbort" is followed by countrymen Claas Segebrecht (2,675,000), Rainer Kempe (2,455,000) and Dietrich Fast (2,245,000). Sandwiched in between the final two is French super high roller Jean-Noel Thorel (2,325,000).

Kempe and Fast won late all-in pots to greatly boost their stacks and climb up the counts. The former was dealt kings and doubled the Andrew Leathem and his tens. The latter got lucky with ace-jack, hitting a jack on the river to bust fellow German Manig Loeser and his ace-queen.

The total number of entries tallied up to 104, with players allowed to reenter as many times as they wished throughout the 12 levels lasting 40 minutes apiece. As 43 players bagged with registration still open until the start of Day 2, there's still not much clarity overall in the tournament.

That said, some of the players who did make it through included 2017 WSOP Main Event final table participants Antoine Saout and Benjamin Pollak, as well as Igor Kurganov, Sam Trickett, Adrian Mateos, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche.

Day 2 of the High Roller kicks off at 2 p.m. local time Thursday, and again, registration remains open until that time. Blinds are set to move to 15,000/30,000/5,000, so players firing at the buzzer will have about 17 big blinds. Come back to PokerNews for more live coverage at that time.

Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerNationalityChipcountBig Blinds
392Adrian MateosSpain1,070,00036
393Claas SegebrechtGermany2,675,00089
394Liv BoereeUnited Kingdom900,00030
395Dietrich FastGermany2,245,00075
396Philipp GruissemUnited Kingdom2,905,00097
397Sylvain LoosliUnited Kingdom600,00020
402Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan500,00017
403Igor KurganovRussia1,735,00058
404Timothy AdamsCanada580,00019
405Benjamin PollakFrance1,380,00046
406Pierre NeuvilleBelgium355,00012
407Andrew LeathemUnited Kingdom1,250,00042
411David PetersUnited States440,00015
412Niall FarrellUnited Kingdom1,600,00053
414Dario SammartinoItaly1,735,00058
416Jan SchwippertGermany1,190,00040
417Ivan LucaArgentina455,00015
418Daniel PidunGermany925,00031
421Fahredin MustafovBulgaria1,500,00050
422Dan ShakUnited States680,00023
423Ryan RiessUnited States415,00014
424Dennis YuTaiwan460,00015
427Rainer KempeGermany2,435,00081
428Thomas MuehloeckerAustria1,675,00056
432Pavel BinarCzech Republic325,00011
433Ole SchemionGermany1,035,00035
434Steffen SontheimerGermany470,00016
435Sam TrickettUnited Kingdom1,115,00037
437Stefan SchillhabelGermany930,00031
438Sergio AidoSpain905,00030
441Koray AldemirGermany735,00025
443Mike LeahCanada2,175,00073
444Ognjen ŠekularacSerbia785,00026
447Patrik AntoniusFinland975,00033
448Antoine SaoutFrance2,030,00068
451Dominik NitscheGermany420,00014
452Samuel GraftonCzech Republic690,00023
453Opren KisacikogluTurkey1,250,00042
456John RacenerUnited States385,00013
458Martin KabrhelCzech Republic1,105,00037
462Bertrand GrospellierFrance910,00030
463Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom1,505,00050
464Jean-Noel ThorelFrance2,325,00078
465Bryn KenneyUnited States905,00030
466Bartlomiej MachonPoland1,520,00051

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End of Day 1 Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 2,905,000 205,000
Claas Segebrecht de
Claas Segebrecht
de 2,675,000 1,730,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 2,455,000 1,305,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 2,325,000 95,000
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
de 2,245,000 -5,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 2,173,000 13,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 2,030,000 180,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru 1,735,000 -265,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 1,715,000 -485,000
Thomas Muehloecker at
Thomas Muehloecker
at 1,675,000 1,060,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 1,600,000 350,000
Bartlomiej Machon pl
Bartlomiej Machon
pl 1,520,000 1,386,000
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb 1,505,000 355,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 1,380,000 80,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 1,250,000 -250,000
Andrew Leathem gb
Andrew Leathem
gb 1,250,000 -420,000
Jan Schwippert de
Jan Schwippert
de 1,190,000 -10,000
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 1,115,000 415,000
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
cz 1,105,000 105,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 1,070,000 -930,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 1,055,000 325,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 1,050,000
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
fi 975,000 -105,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
de 930,000 300,000
Daniel Pidun de
Daniel Pidun
de 925,000 555,000

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Elky Doubles as the End of Day Approaches

Brentharrington • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

Martin Kahbrel opened to 50,000 before Hossein Ensan raised to 102,000 from the small blind. Bertrand Grospellier went all in for 373,000. Kahbrel folded and Ensan called.

Grospellier was ahead with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} against the {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} of Ensan. The board ran out {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Grospellier doubled with only a few hands left to play in Day 1.

Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
fr 810,000 446,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 310,000 40,000

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Saout Eliminates Sinclair

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Antoine Saout opened for 55,000 in middle position and immediately called when Jack Sinclair shoved in the cutoff for about 280,000.

Saout: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Sinclair: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

"Don't worry, it's coming," Sinclair said with confidence.

He couldn't have been more wrong as the {7-Spades}{j-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts} board left him dead on the turn.

Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 1,850,000 500,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb Busted

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