After 10 levels of play in Event #9: €100,000 Super High Roller a total of 76 players have entered and that number is set to increase with late registration and unlimited reentry open for two levels tomorrow.
Leading the final 33 players through to Day 2 is Timothy Adams who led throughout most of the day. After busting Andrej Desset at the feature table, he added Jean-Noel Thorel to his list of victims – twice.
“I ran really good,” said Adams. “I busted a few short stacks, woke up with aces and kings when people shoved 10 big blinds so that was always nice and easy. For the most part, it was a smooth sailing day — just made hands and won pots without showdown.
“I thought it was going to be one of the better 100Ks of the year. I played this last year and it was a really good field. This is the reason why I came here, to play this 100K because it’s one of the best ones of the year. I’m happy with the quality of the field if you want to call it that.”
Adams will be taking forward 12,960,000 as chip leader in this event, one place higher than in the €25,000 High Roller earlier in the festival, where he advanced from Day 1 second in chips.
“To be honest, tomorrow’s a new day at work,” said Adams reflecting on having been in the situation before. “Sometimes maybe you’re going to get ahead of yourselves, but that’s just your mind playing tricks. You just turn up tomorrow and it’s just another day of poker. Some days are more important than others. If you’ve been doing it long enough, it’s all the same.”
Other big stacks include Dominik Nitsche (9,515,000), Adrian Mateos (8,365,000), Tobias Ziegler (8,230,000), Steve O’Dwyer (7,390,000) and Stefan Schillhabel (7,275,000) on a day where five of the top eight have won WSOP bracelets before, three on more than one occasion.
Among the other players to play and bust today were bracelet winners Bertrand Grospellier, Niall Farrell and Fedor Holz. Jack Salter, Dietrich Fast and Anatoly Filatov, along with high roller regulars Richard Yong, Andreas Eiler and Winfred Yu were also eliminated. Both the aforementioned Thorel and Christoph Vogelsang fired four bullets in the Super High Roller, with Vogelsang finally making good on shell four with 3,590,000 in chips.
Unusually for a Super High Roller of this magnitude, the tournament kicked off on time with triple bracelet-winner Mateos and recent €25,000 Short Deck champion Mikita Badziakouski in the field.
However, it didn’t take for long for players to get the message and the numbers swelled, with tournament officials coping admirably to manage the balancing of tables at all stages of the tournament.
Shortly after Thorel became the first casualty of the day, eliminated by Badziakouski, Holz joined the field and he was followed by €25,000 High Roller champion Michael Addamo.
There were some standout hands on the feature table, with David Peters flopping quadsagainst Steffen Sontheimer’s pocket aces.
But there seemed to be no stopping Adams as he climbed steadily through the counts, from tripling up with pocket jacks after both he and Renato Nowak flopped sets to the multiple eliminations of the unfortunate Thorel.
The eliminations kept on coming, with Manig Loeser, Wai Leong Chan, and Ziegler all headed for the rail.
There were no late dramas, meaning Adams comfortably leads over second-place Nitsche, who was helped by eliminating Holz and Wai Kin Yong inside the final level.