Bryn Kenney opened to 2,600 from early position, and the action folded to Bill Perkins who called on the button. Chance Kornuth called out of the small blind, and Tom Marchese squeezed, three-betting to 13,500 from the big blind. Kenney quickly folded, but Perkins went into the tank for nearly two minutes. He eventually mucked, Kornuth followed suit, and Marchese won the pot.
"It was either all in or fold," Perkins said with a grin.
We missed the preflop amounts, but we know that Yevgeniy Timoshenko three-bet a Daniel Negreanu raise out of position in the big blind. Negreanu called, and he called a continuation bet of 11,000 after the flop. The arrived on the turn, and Timoshenko wasn't slowing down now. Well, he does act very, very slowly, but he kept the heat on with another bet of 22,500. Negreanu gave him a look, but he eventually surrendered his cards into the muck.
Here in the early going, Bill Perkins is already showing a propensity to splash around in pots.
In one of the first hands, Perkins called a Galen Hall raise to 3,000, but he insta-folded to a continuation bet on the flop.
On the next hand, it was Doc Sands opening to 2,800 from middle position, and Perkins flatted to see another flop. It came , and Sands checked it over. Perkins bet 5,200 there and another 10,200 on the turn, and both of his bullets were called by Sands. On the river, Perkins checked behind and showed up his .
Sands took another peek at his cards, then plopped them into the muck. Two pair earns Perkins the pot, chipping him back up over starting stack.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier opened to 2,200 from middle position. Next to act was Jason Mercier and he three-bet to 5,800 from the hijack. Isaac Haxton opted to call in the cutoff, resulting in quick folds from the button and the blinds.
Grospellier didn't waste much time before four-betting to 17,700, sending Mercier into the tank for about 30 seconds before he folded. Haxton mulled it over as well, but ultimately gave it up.
The scheduled starting time has come and gone, and we're still in a holding pattern.
There are about 18 players mulling about the tournament area, giving interviews and trading pieces. Others we've seen that we haven't mentioned yet include Shawn Buchanan, Jason Mercier, Doc Sands, Chance Kornuth, Mike McDonald, and a handful of others.
Just as we typed that, we heard one more player making his entrance. We haven't seen him yet, but we can tell you with certainty that Humberto Brenes is in the house as well, looking for a repeat final table appearance in this event after finishing in fifth place last year.
We should be under way within a few minutes, but your guess is as good as ours for now. Sit tight!
Day 1 is about to begin in full force with the $100,000 Super High Roller event. It's the second annual iteration of this event, and it drew a field of 38 runners the first time around in 2011. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu finished runner-up for a cool million dollars, getting two-outed on the final hand to fall in second. The man who beat him was Eugene Katchalov, and that victory was likely a key factor in his subsequent signing as Ukraine's first Team Pro.
There are already 30 players registered for this edition of the Super High Roller, and we'd expect to see that number climb significantly over the course of the next few hours. We'll take the over on 38 this year. Negreanu and Katchalov will be back to defend their final table appearances from last year, and they'll be joined by the familiar cast of high rolling characters like Scott Seiver, Ike Haxton, Dan Shak, Erik Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel, Masa Kagawa, and the like.
The PCA and the Super High Roller kick off in just about a half hour from now, at high noon local time. Don't wander off on us!