Time to go do my favorite thing in the world :) 100K today, televised cash game tonight. Long, fun day aheadFollow @ikepoker
Made it to nice now waiting for my helicopter ride compliments of @PokerStarsVIP #EPTMonacoFollow @chicagocards1
The roof is open and sunlight is streaming into tournament area where seven tables have been setup for the Super High Roller event but no-one is sitting down just yet. It looks as though play won't start for at least another ten minutes.
Season 10 of the European Poker Tour is fresh off a record-making stop in Sanremo, Italy, where Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren Mitchell topped a field of 556 players to become the first player to ever win two EPT Main Event titles. It was history in the making, but now it's on to bigger things... at least in terms of buy-in.
The 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final, the last stop of the season, kicks off today with the €100,000 Super High Roller from the beautiful Salles des Etoiles room at Le Sporting. This marks the fourth and final Super High Roller of the season after Vitaly Lunkin outlasted 50 other players to win the €50,000 buy-in event in Barcelona; Martin Finger emerged victorious over a 57-entry field to win the £50,000 event in London for £821,000; and Fabian Quoss topped a field of 56 to win the one at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller for more than $1.6 million in prize money.
As for this event, last year's tournament attracted 41 players that accounted for nine reentries, which brought the field up to 50 and created a prize pool of €4,851,000. Players in last year's event included Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, and we're expecting many of them to be in action today.
In fact, tournament officials expect this year’s €100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final could rival or even top last year’s event, which was won by online high stakes cash game player Max Altergott. The 23-year-old German took down the prestigious event for a massive €1,746,400 first prize. Altergott will no doubt return looking for a title defense, and for the first time ever a group of Macau high rollers will be in attendance. One of those high rollers, or at least a poker pro who has been playing in Macau, is none other than Alec Torelli, who will be in action today:
Just 12 hours until cards are in the air for what I anticipate will be a record-breaking field in tomorrow's 100k Super High Roller! #EPTFollow @GarryGates
On the way to Monaco! I will be playing the 100k Super High Roller and the high stakes tv Cash Game.… http://t.co/NxF262UMfxFollow @AlecTorelli
All three days of this season’s Super High Roller will be broadcast on EPTLive with the final on April 26 shown cards-up (subject to a one-hour security delay). You can view the entire broadcast schedule here. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will also be on hand to bring you all the action from both the feature and outer tables over the next three days. Action is set to kick off at Noon local time, which is just over two hours from now. Join us then as we bring you all the action from the start of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final.
Players will start with a 250,000 stack and play eight 60-minute levels with no dinner break, which will put an end to the night right around 9 p.m. How many levels there will be played on Day 1 has not yet been made public.
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