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PokerStars EPT Grand Final -- High Roller Day 1

Thomas Marchese, Sorel Mizzi, and Team PokerStars pro Bertrand Grospellier all end the Night in the Top 10

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Bertrand GrospellierToday marked the beginning of the €25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo, and a field of 113 players entered. This was the largest turnout ever for a PokerStars high roller event and the top prize is a massive €1,000,000. The final table of eight players will all walk away with at least €85,000 when they take their seats at the final day of the tournament on Saturday, May 1. Here is a look at the full payout structure for the event:

1: €1,000,000
2: €625,000
3: €375,000
4: €275,000
5: €200,000
6: €150,000
7: €115,000
8: €85,000

At the end of 11 levels of play on the first day of the event there were 41 players that had survived. The chip leader at the end of the night is Tobias Reinkemeier from Germany, who holds 457,300, and his next closest competitor is Luke Schwartz with 300,500. Other notables in the top 10 include the current Card Player Player of the Year leader Tom Marchese (261,000), and Sorel Mizzi (260,400) who sits right behind in the POY race. Team PokerStars pro Bertrand Grospellier (pictured above right) holds 196,500. Here is a look at the top chip counts at the end of play and other tournament statistics:

Tobias Reinkemeier — 457,300
Luke Schwartz — 300,500
Markus Golser — 291,000
Tom Marchese — 261,000
Sorel Mizzi — 260,400
Allen Bari — 250,000
Antoine Saout — 224,600
Bertrand Grospellier — 196,500
Ronny Kaiser — 195400
Paul Berende — 187,000

Notable Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Rousso, Dario Minieri, Boris Becker, and EPT founder John Duthie, Carlos Mortensen, EPT San Remo champion Liv Boeree, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, and John Juanda.

Hand of the Day:

Liv Boeree Eliminated

Liv Boeree moved all in preflop for 33,600 and Michael Frederic reraised all in over the top of her. Everyone else mucked and the two players flipped over their cards:

Boeree: 8Spade Suit 8Club Suit
Frederic: ASpade Suit JSpade Suit

Board: AClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit

Boeree was eliminated on the hand after losing in a classic race situation.