Philipp Gruissem Leads Last 13 in €25K High Roller; WSOP POY Hangs in Balance

Scott Seiver is in the mix for his second bracelet in the €25,000 WSOP Europe High Roller, and he'll start Day 3 in second place. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Scott Seiver is in the mix for his second bracelet in the €25,000 WSOP Europe High Roller, and he’ll start Day 3 in second place. (Thomas Keeling photo)

They’ll have to play a little bit longer to get into the money in the €25,000 World Series of Poker Europe High Roller, but the big paydays and the bracelet aren’t the only things that will be on the line Thursday afternoon in Enghien-les-Bains.

Daniel Negreanu and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin still have aspirations of passing Matt Ashton to win the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race, and while Negreanu’s path is far easier Thursday’s action will almost certainly dictate the eventual champion.

They’re both looking up at quite a few other stacks in the chip counts, though, with Philipp Gruissem taking the chiplead into Day 3 of the High Roller with 13 players left. Gruissem and his 1,296,000 are followed by Scott Seiver (770,000), Jason Koon (702,000) and Erik Seidel (610,000). Other notables to make it through the day include Phil Laak, Timothy Adams, David Peters and Byron Kaverman.

It was a bloody day as they played 11 full levels of poker Wednesday, cutting down pro after pro in the process. By the time registration closed there were 80 total players in the field, building a total prizepool of €1,920,000 ($2,645,184). Nine of the 13 players left will make the money, with a min-cash earning players €50,400.

The top five spots will each get over €100,000, with the winner earning €725,000 (just shy of $1 million) and the WSOP bracelet.

Phil Ivey, Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Marvin Rettenmaier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Watson, Ole Schemion, Martin Finger, Mark Radoja and Jeff Gross each had their hopes dashed on Day 2, and they’ll have to wait until 2014 for their next chance at a bracelet. Ryan Riess, Noah Schwartz, JC Tran and Chris Klodnicki had the added negative of having their WSOP POY chances fade into oblivion.

Play will resume at 1 pm local time (7 am ET) and they’ll play down to eight. From there, they’ll move over to the theater to play out the final table, which will be recorded for broadcast and also live-streamed with hole cards on a 30-minute delay.

2013 WSOP Europe €25,000 High Roller – Chip Counts – End of Day 2

  1. Philipp Gruissem – 1,296,000
  2. Scott Seiver – 770,000
  3. Jason Koon – 702,000
  4. Erik Seidel – 610,000
  5. David Peters – 538,000
  6. Nicolau Villa-Lobos – 527,000
  7. Daniel Negreanu – 411,000
  8. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 304,000
  9. Byron Kaverman – 273,000
  10. Timothy Adams – 240,000
  11. Phil Laak – 144,000
  12. Tom Bedell – 124,000
  13. Joni Jouhkimainen – 113,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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