For a couple days the Aria hosted the the Super High Roller Cash Game as a lead up to the mind-numbing $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl. After starting a bit late 43 players sat down to play and only 27 remain with David Peters leading the way.
“Things just went my way today – I won a couple of flips. One added 250,000 and the other added like 315,000,” Drinan said. “I l flopped pretty well, people called me when I had hands and folded when I had bad ones – it was one of those days where things worked out.”
“It’s just another tournament – I take a piece of myself that I’m comfortable with losing,” he added. “It’s not going to change the way I play.”
Phil Ivey‘s final hand came against Seiver on a raised flop of A J 4. Seiver bet, Ivey called and the turn came K. Seiver bet, Ivey called and the river came 7. Seiver moved all in, Ivey tanked for a little while, called and mucked when Seiver tabled A J for two pair.
Esfandiari had a roller coaster day and was down to below two big blinds at one point and then quadrupled up. But he was still short and stuck it in a few hands later holding pocket deuces and Ben Sulsky called with pocket aces. Esfandiari never caught up and was eliminated.
Registration closed after the dinner break with 43 entrants and since there was no rake on the event the entire $21,500,000 prizepool goes to the top seven finishers with almost everyone earning seven-figures.
- 1st – $7,525,000
- 2nd – $5,160,000
- 3rd – $3,225,000
- 4th – $2,150,000
- 5th – $1,505,000
- 6th – $1,075,000
- 7th – $860,000
Dan Smith, Jean-Robert Bellande, Doug Polk, Jason Les, Fabian Quoss, Fedor Holz and Tobias Reinkemeier were the early eliminations from the event. Barry Hutter, Ivey and Antonio Esfandiari were eliminated late in the day.
Several prominent players were advertised for the event but were no-shows: Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth, Joseph Cheong, Anthony Gregg, Daniel Cates and Noah Schwartz did not play.
Day 2 will feature the march to the final table and the money bubble where one player at the eight-handed final table walks away with nothing.Chip Counts
- David Peters – 2,153,000
- Scott Seiver – 2,008,000
- Connor Drinan – 1,875,000
- Bill Klein – 1,170,000
- Andrew Robl – 1,154,000
- Dong Kim – 1,060,000
- Max Altergott – 968,000
- David Sands – 940,000
- Ben Lamb – 846,000
- Daniel Negreanu – 839,000
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