€10,000 High Roller

Day 1 Concludes with Barnes On Top

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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!

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