Tournois Live 2
€100,000 Super High Roller

Gierse chipleader du Super High Roller à l'issue du Day 1

[user339872] • Niveau 8: 2,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Marius Gierse

After a quick eight levels of poker on Day 1, the largest buy-in of the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino wrapped up with 34 entries. It was a solid turnout for the €100,000 Super High Roller event that attracted many of the world's best high-stakes players in the world. By the day's end, only 21 players put chips in a bag and will return for Day 2 tomorrow.

It turned out to be a successful day for German poker pro Marius Gierse who started off strong in the opening levels and appeared to cruise seamlessly to a seven-figure stack. Gierse finished the day on top of the counts with a stack of 1,000,000 chips, which equates to over 160 big blinds. Gierse, who mainly makes his living at the online felt or on the cash game streets, is starting to dabble in the high-stakes live tournament fields and is finding great success. Winning an EPT High Roller event would just continue to add to his resume.

Following close in his footsteps is a rather unknown player in the poker world in the name of Kent Staahle. The Norwegian businessman is a CEO of an iGaming company and plays poker as a hobby. Staahle was on a bit more of a rollercoaster today, starting off strong in the early going, but dwindled his stack down to under 100,000 at one point. However, Staahle managed to eliminate a couple of players including Ben Heath and Jean-Noel Thorel en route to sending his stack back in the right direction. Finishing just shy of the one-million mark, Staahle bagged up 997,000 chips for a healthy stack heading to Day 2.

Top Ten Chip Counts After Day 1 of €100,000 Super High Roller

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Marius GierseAustria1,000,000167
2Kent StaahleNorway997,000166
3Sam GreenwoodCanada643,000107
4Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom619,000103
5Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus580,00097
6Christoph VogelsangGermany549,00092
7Mikalai VaskaboinakauBelarus468,00078
8Timothy AdamsCanada430,00072
9Joao VieiraPortugal430,00072
10Daniel DvoressCanada420,00070

To kick things off on Day 1, a total of 18 players were in their seats for the start of play in order to receive a 50% discount on the tournament fees. A starting stack of 250,000 allowed for many deep stacks and a lot of play throughout the day. The first elimination came in level 2 when #1 GPI ranked Ali Imsirovic was ousted with pocket queens against Jake Schindler's pocket aces. Imsirovic came back for a second bullet but found no luck in that as well as he was eliminated for a second time.

Ben Heath and Thorel were the other two players who burned through two bullets on the opening day. Seth Davies, Nick Petrangelo, Leon Tsoukernik, and Schindler were the only others to be eliminated thus far. Each of those players along with anyone else interested will have until the start of play on Day 2 to enter the field. With over €3.2 million already in the prizepool, the winner will be sure to walk away with a nice payday.

Day 2 will kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time in America's Room at Monte Carlo Sporting complex on the French Riviera. The blinds will resume on level 9 at 3,000/6,000 and a 6,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length and they are expected to play down to the final table before returning for Day 3.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all of the live updates en route to crowining a new champion.

Tags: Ali ImsirovicBen HeathJake SchindlerJean-Noel ThorelKent StaahleLeon TsoukernikMarius GierseNick PetrangeloSeth Davies