The biggest buy-in event of the European Poker Tour Season 9 has kicked off on Monday. The €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event saw only 16 players registering themselves at the commencement. But very soon more players enrolled in the event and the game became very competitive. Patrick Antonius was the last player to enter the event. As game was moving ahead a lot of players found themselves out of the race at a very early stage. ‘Tiger Woods’ of the Poker world, Phil Ivey was the first one to re-enter the event. His first execution came from the hands of last year’s title holder, Justin Bonomo.
Next in the line were two Russians. Mikhail Smirnov and Ilya Bulychev hit the rail together. Though Smirnov re-entered the event, Bulychev decided to stay away from the action. Jonathan Duhamel bit the dust soon after and did not re-enter. Some other players which decide not to play further after getting bust were Sergii Baranov, Tom Marchese, Joseph Cheong and Bertrand Grospellier amongst others. As players were falling one after another, Phil Ivey found himself hitting the rail again. This time Mike Mcdonald played the executioner’s part for Ivey. Michael Watson knocked out Fabian Quoss right after Phil Ivey’s second exit but Quoss decided to give the title another shot and he re-entered the event. It was not a great day for Dan Smith either. The Player of the Year got eliminated by Faraz Jaka.
Jason Mercier claimed the top-spot in the chip counts when he won a huge hand against Bonomo. And just to make sure that he will start his next day as a chip leader he eliminated Bonomo shortly after. Sorel Mizzi is at number two position and Fabian Quoss is at number three. The game will resume tomorrow and we are expecting some interesting outcomes on Day 2.
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