€10,000 High Roller
€10,000 High Roller
Day 1 completed

Day 1 Concludes with Barnes On Top

[user68268] • Level 6: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Brandon Barnes
Brandon Barnes

Day 1 of the €10,000 High Roller at the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Sanremo is done and dusted. With 74 players coming out to action and 10 reloads, a total field size of 84 entries was created. The prize pool stands at €823,200, and the top prize of €288,000 will go to the winner.

At the end of the night, 44 competitors remained. Finishing at the top of the leader board was Brandon Barnes with 211,700 in chips.

The event's Day 1 was full of notable players, but as tournament poker goes, not all of them could make it through to Day 2. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was one of those players to exit on the day, busting not once, but twice.

On his first elimination, Mercier lost with pocket nines to Bryn Kenney's pocket jacks after the money went in on the turn of a ten-high board. Then on his second elimination, Mercier's {10-Spades}{9-Spades} couldn't beat the {A-Clubs}{J-Spades} of Torsten Brinkmann, and he was eliminated.

Steve O'Dwyer was another player who busted twice on the day, while Sam Trickett, Mike "Timex" McDonald, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Paul Berende all fired just one bullet and lost.

Of those remaining, Pier Paola Ruscalla (199,300), Justin Bonomo (190,600), Kent Roed (188,800) and Luca Pagano (188,600) all bagged up bunches. Other notables remaining are Igor Kurganov, Kyle Julius and Govert Metaal.

Play will resume tomorrow at 3:00 PM local time, so be sure to return right back here to PokerNews for all the live coverage. We'll see you then!

Tags: Brandon Barnes

Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

Brandon Barnes 211,700 102,700
Pier Paola Ruscalla 199,300 -5,700
Justin Bonomo us 190,600 15,600
Kent Roed no 188,800 138,800
Luca Pagano it 188,600 -6,400
Joseph Cheong us 186,200 2,200
Carlo Savinelli it 175,500 25,500
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua 165,600 115,600
Joe Kuether us 155,300 68,300
Mikalai Pobal by 150,000 100,000
Keven Stammen us 141,300 -13,700
Govert Metaal nl 128,000 34,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 123,300 -12,700
Dan O'Brien us 112,500 43,500
Philipp Gruissem de 101,200 -40,800

Bagging and Tagging

[user68268] • Level 6: 500-1,000, 100 ante

All tables have finished their final three hands, and the players are bagging up their chips for tomorrow. A day's recap will be posted shortly along with various chip counts. Stay tuned.

Three More Hands

[user68268] • Level 6: 500-1,000, 100 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that each table will play only three more hands before the remaining players bag up their chips for the night.

Another Back-Raise for Metaal

[user68268] • Level 6: 500-1,000, 100 ante

From under the gun, Joseph Cheong raised to 2,300. Govert Metaal flatted from the next seat, then John Duthie called from the next. In the cutoff seat, Chance Kornuth reraised to 8,000. After the blinds folded, Cheong called. Metaal reraised to 26,000, which knocked Duthie out of the way. Kornuth folded following that, then Cheong also gave it up, and Metaal won the pot.

Tags: Chance KornuthGovert MetaalJohn DuthieJoseph Cheong

Sixes for Kornuth

[user68268] • Level 6: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Joseph Cheong raised from the hijack seat to 2,300, and Chance Kornuth came along from the small blind to see the flop come down {A-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs}. Both players checked.

The turn was the {J-Clubs}, and Kornuth check-called a bet of 3,200 from Cheong to see the {2-Clubs} land on the river. Then, both players checked.

"Ten high," was the announcement from Cheong, to which Kornuth showed the {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} to win the pot.

Tags: Chance KornuthJoseph Cheong