Day 1 of the €50,000 Majestic High Roller at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe has come and gone. With 43 entries throughout the day and just a few eliminations, tomorrow will be the real test of everyone's poker skill. At the end of the night, John Juanda led the way with 538,500 in chips.
Juanda is no stranger to big buy-in events, and he's come out in a fury here in this one, but things didn't start off well for him. Juanda was eliminated not once, but twice and is working with his third bullet in the event. Thanks to a huge clash with Marvin Rettenmaier, though, two rockets catapulted Juanda into the lead during the last level of the night.
Along with Juanda — who is one of the most household names in poker — plenty of notable players were in action and have advanced to Day 2. Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett, Tom Dwan, Tony G and Erik Seidel will all be back tomorrow.
On the other side of the coin, Eugene Katchalov and current Octo-Niner Gregory Merson were two players who were eliminated on the day. Both opted not to rebuy. Wang Qiang was also eliminated and opted not to fire off another €50,000.
After a late start for Day 1, tomorrow will be much of the same as play begins at 4:00 PM local time. Registration will remain open through the first level of tomorrow, and that's also how long the rebuy period will remain open. Be sure to return right back here to these pages for all the PokerNews coverage. We'll see you then.