PCA: Philipp Gruissem Leads Stacked Super High Roller

Philipp Gruissem leads the field with 771,500. Photo c/o PokerStars Blog

The 2013 PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure kicked off with the $100,000 Super High Roller event with 47 players and 37 remaining at the end of play. The six-figure tournament has an unlimited re-entry format, which should juice up the prize pool even more – at day’s end ten rebuys were tallied. At the end of Day 1 it’s Philipp Gruissem carrying the chip lead into Day 2 with 771,500.

Joining the Gruissem atop the leader board is Scott Seiver (729,000), Dan Shak (650,000) and Tom Marchese (638,500). Also advancing to Day 2 are Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Tom Dwan, Ashton Griffin, Jason Mercier, Olivier Busquet, Vivek Rajkumar, David “Doc” Sands and Timothy Adams.

PokerStars Team Pros fared well with Eugene Katchalov, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu surviving the day.

Sam Stein, Bryn Kenney, Hellmuth, Andrew Lichtenberger, Mike McDonald, Jeff Gross, David Benefield and Jason Koon were some of the unfortunate few that did not survive the day. The format has an unlimited re-entry format that allows for players to register up to the start of play on Day 2; so it’s possible we could see them back in action tomorrow.

To start the day just 23 players took their seats at the start of play, including; Antonio Esfandiari, Duhamel, Negreanu, Ashton Griffin, Grospellier and Katchalov. As the day progressed the number of entrants reached 47 with Phil Hellmuth, Ivey and Dwan joined the action later in the day.

Hellmuth had a very short day even though he didn’t enter until after the dinner break. He arrived in his usual late fashion and his day on the felt lasted less than a level. His elimination came at the hands of Gruissem with the board showing J 2 9 9 5. Hellmuth put in a large river bet, Gruissem moved in and Hellmuth called. Gruissem tabled J 9 for a full house and Hellmuth flashed a nine before leaving the table.

Negreanu was one of the players that elected to re-enter after busting the tournament. He open-shoved in early position with a shortish stack and action folded all the way around to Busquet in the small blind. Busquet called, tabled A T and Negreanu turned up K Q. The board ran 4 Q 5 J A and Negreanu instantly called for a rebuy with 25 minutes remaining in the day.

Sands eliminated Lichtenberger when Sands opened for 11,000, Lichtenberger three-bet, Sands four-bet and Lichtenberger five-bet shoved. Sands called and tabled A K and needed help to beat Lichtenberger’s pocket aces. The board ran Q J 5 J T and Sands rivered Broadway to eliminate Lichtenberger.

Day 2 will get underway at 12:00 p.m. with the goal of playing down to a final table.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Philipp Gruissem – 771,500
  2. Scott Seiver – 729,000
  3. Dan Shak – 650,000
  4. Tom Marchese – 638,500
  5. Vivek Rajkumar – 608,500
  6. Jason Somerville – 604,500
  7. Nick Schulman – 580,000
  8. Steve O’Dwyer – 527,500
  9. Eugene Katchalov – 514,500
  10. David “Doc” Sands – 505,500


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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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