34 players enter $100k EPT Super-High-Roller tourney
The $100k buy-in tournaments have not gone the way of the dodo as many expected, despite drastic declines in attendance at both the 2012 PokerStars PCA and the 2012 Aussie millions in January. A recent $100k (actually nearly $120k buy-in) Super-High-Roller attracted 30 people in the Philippines, and the $100k Super-High-Roller that kicked-off the EPT Grand Final tournament series in Monte Carlo on Monday drew 34 players; a number that is expected to continue climb during the late registration phase.
Most of the entrants in the EPT Grand Final $100k Super-High-Roller are seasoned veterans of these ultra-high-stakes tournaments that first began popping-up at the biggest tournament series around the world a few years ago, but as with any of these events there are also a few lesser known players, as well as some wealthy businessmen who simply want to compete at the highest stakes against the best players.
Here is a look at the entrants’ list as it now stands:
* Dan Shak
* Tom Marchese
* Talal Shakerchi
* Tobias Reinkemeier
* Eugene Katchalov
* Anton Allemann
* Jonathan Duhamel
* Artem Litvinov
* Sam Chartier
* Viktor Blom
* Isaac Haxton
* Philipp Gruissem
* Dan Smith
* Sorel Mizzi
* Govert Metaal
* Patrik Antonius
* Erik Seidel
* Bryn Kenney
* Mike McDonald
* Sam Trickett
* Phil Ivey
* Anatoly Gurtovoy
* David Sands
* Justin Bonomo
* Will Molson
* Leon Tsoukernik
* Masa Kagawa
* Vanessa Selbst
* Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
* Daniel Cates
* Scott Seiver
* Gus Hansen
* Jason Mercier
* Dieter Albrecht
*Tony G has also joined the tournament while I’ve been typing this up!
Here is a look at a few of the players who have done very well historically in high-roller tournaments:
* Elky is coming off a win at the EPT Berlin tournament series, where he defeated Chris Moorman in heads-up play to win the High-Roller title, the fourth of his career.
* Eugerne Katchalov is another former Super-High-Roller winner, having won the 2011 PCA $100k tournament.
* Jonathan Duhamel has been on a rush in these events this year; finishing 4th in the $100k Super-High-Roller event and 2nd in the $25k High-Roller event at the 2012 PCA.
* Viktor Blom won the $100k event at the 2012 PCA.
* Erik Seidel was Mr. High-Roller in 2011, although his success hasn’t carried over to 2012 thus far.
* Sam Trickett also over-performed in Super-High-Roller tournaments in 2011, winning the $100k at the Aussie Millions and finishing second in the $250k at the same tournament series.
* Will Molson is another player who thrives in high-roller events, finishing runner-up at the 2009 and 2010 PCA $25k high-roller, before winning the tournament in 2011.
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