The World Poker Tour Super High Roller event brought together some of the biggest gamblers and best players in the world together, with the stakes raised as high as they have ever been in WPT history. When play ended for the night, the final six were a combination of highly skilled young pros, Hall of Fame caliber players, and a couple of skilled amateurs.
The overnight chip lead belongs to Dan Perper, who is on the precipice of the largest cash of his career. He is followed closely by Andrew Robl, who is within two big blinds of being the chip leader himself. They are each out ahead of Tom Marchese, Justin Bonomo and John Juanda, but each is one double up away from the chip lead. Bill Klein is trailing the others by a fair amount, and he is facing the possibility of going home from this tournament empty-handed.
Day 2 of the $100,000 Super High Roller event started with 19 players left after 32 registered on Day 1, but with registration open for the first 15 minutes of Day 2, two extra entries brought the total number to 34 when registration was closed. Six players would make the televised final table, but only five of them would be in the money. Making it to fifth place will earn a min-cash worth $263,160, with a victory netting the lucky winner $1,308,405.
Clamenceau Calixto’s re-entry and Sorel Mizzi’s entry brought the remaining number of players to 21, but it wouldn’t stay there long. Mizzi was the last player in and the first player eliminated on Day 2, with Jean Noel and Dan Shak following closely behind to bring the action down to two tables. Jason Mercier would see his second entry in the tournament end the same way the first one did, with nothing to show for his effort. By the time play condensed to a single table, Bonomo would grab the lead, followed by Robl and Perper.
The four eliminations that happened before the final table was set knocked out four consecutive high stakes grinders. Brian Hastings would go out in 10th, Sam Trickett was eliminated in 9th, Erik Seidel went out in 8th, and Dan Smith’s bust-out brought an end to play Thursday night.
When play resumes, the blinds will be 20,000 and 40,000, with an average stack of just under 57 big blinds. The final table will begin at 4 pm PT Friday afternoon and will be live streamed on a 30-minute delay with hole cards. This event could have big effects on the BLUFF Player of the Year race right before the World Series of Poker begins.
Here are the chip counts for the final six players in the WPT Super High Roller at Bellagio.
- Daniel Perper – 3,415,000
- Andrew Robl – 3,355,000
- Tom Marchese – 2,235,000
- Justin Bonomo – 2,105,000
- John Juanda – 1,875,000
- Bill Klein – 620,000
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