2013 PokerStars.com EPT London

£50,000 Super High Roller
£50,000 Super High Roller
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Johannes Strassmann Leads After Day 1 in The Super High Roller

• Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Johannes Strassmann
Johannes Strassmann

While UK & Ireland Poker Tour was already in full force in London, the second stop on Season 10 of the European Poker Tour officially kicked off on Friday with the £50,000 Super High Roller. A ton of big names showed up for this exhilarating event, but it was Johannes Strassmann who closed out Day 1 as the chip leader with a massive 1.53 million-chip stack. The German is a well-known fixture on the EPT, having final tabled three events in the past and bubbling two others. All told, Strassmann has nine top-50 finishes on the tour.

Just 32 players remained at the end of Day 1, but late and reentry registration will remain open until 15 minutes before the start of play on Saturday. In total there were 52 entries on Day 1, including 14 reentries.

At the beginning of the day, just eight players were present, one of whom was Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The Frenchman did not benefit from his decision to play from the start as he was knocked out early. Grospellier did not reenter into this event, but he might still do that before Day 2.

As the room filled up, the Germans made up a big portion of the field. All at once, Tobias Reinkemeier, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott, and Philipp Gruissem showed up. Gruissem had a very tough day, as he was knocked out three times. He can still enter back tomorrow by doingso would become the reentry record holder in Super High Roller events. The other Germans all made it to the next day, as did their fellow countrymen Ole Schemion, Igor Kurganov, and Martin Finger.

John Juanda, runner-up last year at the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the World Series of Poker Europe, grabbed an early lead when he took a big chunk of chips off Bill Perkins. Perkins busted out shortly afterwards, but he returned and crushed Haralabos Voulgaris’ first bullet.

Voulgaris and Perkins clashed in a huge pot with a set against a straight and flush draw. On a flop of {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Voulgaris held the {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} for middle set and Perkins had the {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a combo draw. Thanks to a run out of the {4-Hearts} on the turn and {8-Clubs} on the river, Perkins boosted his stack up to 910,000 and remained in the driver seat the entire day before finishing on 760,000.

The youngest EPT winner ever, Mike "Timex" McDonald, made his presence known at the feature table, and he was the one who took Richard Yong’s first stack. McDonald ended the day with a decent pile of chips, and he’ll be looking to make back-to-back Super High Roller final tables after finishing fourth in Barcelona for €269,400.

Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Richard Yong, Haralabos Voulgaris, Jonathan Duhamel, and Talal Shakerchi all reentered on Day 1, and all managed to survive the day on their second bullet, but in order to win money in this tournament they will have to cash for more than £100,000!

While Perkins was chip leader for a large portion of the day, and Steve O’Dwyer (903,000) got really close, Strassmann finished on top.

There is plenty of poker left to be played in this event, starting with Day 2 on Saturday where the plan is to play down to the final table of eight. Tune back in with PokerNews at 12 p.m. UK time on Satruday as we will bring you all the hand histories, chip counts, photos, and other stories from the felt here in London.

Taguri: Johannes Strassmann

End-of-Day Chip Counts (complet)

• Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Johannes Strassmann 1,530,000 80,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie 903,000 103,000
Bill Perkins us 760,000 -160,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 659,000 148,000
Christoph Vogelsang de 607,000 83,500
John Juanda id 607,000 -14,000
Shawn Buchanan ca 591,000 66,000
Jeff Gross us 523,000
Fabian Quoss de 478,000 308,000
Martin Finger de 477,000 57,000
Richard Yong my 430,000 -120,000
Mike McDonald ca 420,000 -3,000
Sam Trickett gb 380,000 55,000
Dan Smith us 380,000 -20,000
David Benefield us 373,000 -54,500
Sorel Mizzi ca 360,000 122,000
Mike Watson ca 340,000 -39,000
Andrew Chen ca 325,000 138,000
Timothy Adams ca 314,000 -118,000
Ole Schemion de 286,000 36,000
Paul Newey gb 256,000 3,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de 236,000 -184,000
Steven Silverman us 219,000 14,000
Talal Shakerchi gb 200,000 -50,000
Max Altergott de 180,000 -120,000

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Gross Re-Enters and Scores Double Elimination

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Jeff Gross opted to re-enter before the end of the night, and it proved a wise decision as he knocked out Winfred Yu and Martin Jacobson in the same hand to chip up to 523,000. It happened when Yu and Jacobson got both of their stacks all in preflop holding {a-}{q-} and Gross called with {10-}{10-}. The tens held and two players hit the rail right at the tail end of Day 1. They'll have to wait until tomorrow to re-enter if they wish to do so.

Jeff Gross us 523,000 523,000

Taguri: Jeff GrossWinfred YuMartin Jacobson

Four More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're off to catch any last minute action and compile some notable chip counts. Stay tuned for those and a full recap of the 2013 PokerStars.com EPT London £50,000 Super High Roller Day 1 action.

Gruissem Busts for a Third Time

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Philipp Gruissem
Philipp Gruissem

Martin Finger opened for 11,000 from middle position only to have Johannes Strassmann three-bet to 32,000 from the hijack. Philipp Gruissem, who hasn't had much luck today, then four-bet to 53,000 from the cutoff, leaving himself around 100,00 behind.

The button and small blind folded, and then Shawn Buchanan came in with a five-bet to 80,000. Finger got out of the way, as did Strassmann, and Gruissem shoved all in. Buchanan snap-called and Gruissem was in dire straits.

Gruissem: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Buchanan: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

Gruissem was dominated and received no reprieve as the board ran out {8-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs}{a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. With that, Gruissem was sent to the rail for the third time.

It'll be interesting to see if Gruissem will fire a fourth bullet before the start of Day 2 tomorrow.

Shawn Buchanan ca 525,000 195,000
Philipp Gruissem de Eliminat

Taguri: Johannes StrassmannMartin FingerPhilipp GruissemShawn Buchanan

Late Double for Shak

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Steve O'Dwyer opened for 11,000 from the cutoff only to have Dan Shak three-bet all in for 91,500 from the small blind. The big got out of the way and O'Dwyer shrugged before making the call.

Shak: {a-Spades}{9-Clubs}
O'Dwyer: {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}

It was a race, but not one O'Dwyer would win as the board ran out {9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{6-Spades}{a-Diamonds} to give Shak two pair and the double.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 800,000 -100,000
Dan Shak us 213,000 121,500

Taguri: Dan ShakSteve O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer Doubles Big Through Szabo & Then Eliminates Him

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Zsolt Szabo
Zsolt Szabo

We didn't catch Steve O'Dwyer's double through Zsolt Szabo, but we do know he did so holding the nut flush with the {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} while Szabo had a wheel. The hand left Szabo with a single pink T500 chip, which means he was automatically all in the next hand. O'Dywer ended up raising and isolated the remaining players.

Szabo: {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
O'Dwyer: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

O'Dwyer was ahead, but Szabo was drawing to two live cards. The {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop was dry for Szabo, and so was the {Qd| turn. Szabo needed either a three or seven on the river to stay alive, but it was not meant to be as the {5-Spades} blanked.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 900,000 490,000
Zsolt Szabo Eliminat

Taguri: Zsolt SzaboSteve O'Dwyer

Shakerchi & Gross Bounded

Chad_Holloway • Nivel 8: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Talal Shakerchi
Talal Shakerchi

Talal Shakerchi has been nursing one of the shorter stacks all evening, and he finally found a hand he liked.

We're not sure of the preflop action, but we do know that Shakerchi got his last 165,000 all in holding the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and was racing against the {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} of Richard Yong.

"Fifty-fifty," Yong said. The {3-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop made things interesting as Shakerchi picked up a flush draw to go along with his overs. Unfortunately for him, neither the {4-Hearts} turn nor {4-Clubs} river would prove helpful and Shakerchi was eliminated from the tournament.

Meanwhile, Jeff Gross was eliminated from the tournament, though he stated that he will re-enter here in the last level of the night. No word on whether or not Shakerchi will do the same.

Richard Yong my 550,000 8,500
Jeff Gross us Eliminat
Talal Shakerchi gb Eliminat

Taguri: Jeff GrossRichard YongTalal Shakerchi