For the first time ever, a £50,000 Super High Roller will be held at the European Poker Tour London, and the tournament is expected to attract a star-studded line-up of players including Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Jason Mercier.
Other players lined up to shell out at least £50,000 include EPT Barcelona SHR runner-up Erik Seidel; Grand Final champion Steve O'Dwyer; businessmen Bill Perkins, Talal Shakerchi, Dan Shak and Paul Newey; film producer Rick Salomon; EPT Grand Final High Roller winners Tobias Reinkemeier and Steve Silverman; EPT9 Barcelona Super High Roller winner Dan Smith; EPT Dortmund champion Mike McDonald; and World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop runner-up Sam Trickett.
More than 25 players are already confirmed for the event, though almost twice that number are expected to enter the re-entry event before registration comes to a close at the start of Day 2 as PokerStars' VIP host Garry Gates has been busy recruiting some of the biggest names in the game:
Ole Schemion and @ViktorBlom both expected to play tomorrow's 50k EPT London Super High Roller. Get your popcorn ready! #action #EPTLondonFollow @GarryGates
The inaugural Super High Roller of EPT Season 10, which took place in Barcelona last month, attracted 51 entries with winner Vitaly Lunkin snagging €771,300 for his victory, plus a stunning bracelet from Shamballa Jewels, the Official Bracelet Sponsor of EPT Season 10 Super High Roller events.
The tournament, which will be broadcast on EPTLive with expert commentary from hosts James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Matt Broughton & Marc Convey from 2:30 p.m. local time, is set to kick off in a few hours, so stay tuned for all the action from the Grand Connaught Rooms here in London.
In the meantime, check out this infographic entitled ‘Rise of the Super High Rollers’, which charts the history behind this new breed of high stakes events.