Although the WSOP Europe is drawing to a close, it must be said that the best is still yet to come, that is we are yet to see how Main Event action will unfold. And another important task the clusters of players at King’s Casino Rozvadov have is to determine the winner of the €111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP.
The event kicked off on Friday at the host venue to a great interest among all those who could afford the buy-in. The High Roller tournament had attracted a total of 113 entries by the end of its first day of action, including 27 re-buys. However, only 60 of the contenders bagged and tagged for the night and will progress into Day 2, which is scheduled to kick off today at 2 pm local time.
Charlie Carrel accumulated the largest Day 1 chip stack. The young but already quite accomplished Englishman is coming into Day 2 with precisely 10 million in chips. He is closely followed by Danish poker legend Gus Hansen with 9.935 million. Last year, Hansen emerged from his live poker hiatus and we have been seeing more and more of him on the circuit in recent months.
At the age of 23, Carrel has accomplished quite a lot in live poker. The player boasts live tournament earnings of nearly $6 million and 53 in-the-money results from some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments. His best achievement involves winning a €25,500 High Roller during the EPT Season 11 Grand Final in 2015, for which he scooped €1,114,000 in prize money. Carrel has the chance to give himself a really nice gift for his upcoming birthday on November 7 by winning the prestigious €111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP.
This is the first edition of the tournament outside the United States. Here it is also important to note that a portion of the proceeds generated from players’ buy-ins is donated to the ONE DROP charity.
Other Notables Still in Contention
Day 2 of the event will see quite a cluster of poker stars return to King’s Casino, including a set of Germany’s finest and fiercest high roller masters. Fedor Holz, who bought into the tournament twice on Friday, eventually sealed a seat into the second day of play. The winner of the 2017 Aria Super High Roller Bowl, Christoph Vogelsang, and the first-ever Aria Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner Steffen Sontheimer are also among the German players who will resume Day 2 play.
Liv Boeree, Thomas Muehloecker, David Peters, and Dan Shak are just few of the other notables who made it to Day 2 of play.
Boeree’s boyfriend and popular high roller, Igor Kurganov, bought into the event three times, but could not secure a spot among the Day 1 survivors. Phil Hellmuth, who is eyeing a record 15th gold bracelet, was also among those who busted on the first day. However, he will have the chance to re-buy today as registration will remain open during the first two levels of play.