Day 1 of Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end at the 2022 World Series of Poker and four-time WSOP champion Adrian Mateos is the chip leader after ten levels of play.
The first day of the highest buy-in of the Summer drew 52 entrants and more are expected to join the 31 surviving players from Day 1 before the end of registration at the beginning of Day 2.
Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller Top Ten Chip Counts
|*Rank||Name||Country||Chip Count||Day 2 Big Blinds|
|2||Phil Ivey||United States||6,830,000||228|
|4||Nick Petrangelo||United States||4,500,000||150|
|5||Dan Zack||United States||4,445,000||148|
|6||Alex Foxen||United States||4,250,000||142|
|7||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||3,935,000||131|
|9||Chris Hunichen||United States||3,750,000||125|
Mateos jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the middle of the evening after he picked up a pair of kings to win a cooler against Ali Imsirovic with a better full house. He trailed Phil Ivey in the closing minutes of the final level, but a big pot from the elimination of Dan Smith put him over the top at the end of the night. Mateos is the defending champion in this event after he outlasted 33 runners to defeat Ben Heath heads up in 2021, and he will come back with a dominant stack of 9,745,000 for Day 2 in search of his fifth WSOP bracelet.
The chip leader is followed near the top of the leaderboard by Ivey, Dario Sammartino, and Nick Petrangelo. Ivey joined the tournament at the beginning of the day and he consistently chipped up throughout the afternoon, including a pot with a set of deuces against Henrik Hecklen and a pair of pocket kings that sent Andrew Lichtenberger to the window to fire a second entry. But it was Ivey’s late-night run that put him on top after he ran his stack up to 6,830,000 in the closing level.
Other returning players include Kathy Lehne, Justin Bonomo, and Seth Davies. Lehne mixed it up with some of the game’s most aggressive players and came out on top. First, it was Ivey, who lost an early pot to Lehne’s ace-king, and then it was Michael Addamo who folded to Lehne’s river bet a short time later to preserve what was left of his stack. She returns with 1,965,000 in search of her first WSOP bracelet.
Runners that used their second entry include Christoph Vogelsang, Alfred Decarolis, Chris Brewer, David Einhorn, Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Robl, Hecklen, Smith, Addamo and Lichtenberger. Decarolis, Addamo, and Smith were eliminated a second time and they will not return on Day 2.
Players will return at 2 p.m. on June 24 in Paris Purple to play another ten levels on Day 2. Blinds will pick up at 15,000/30,000/30,000 in Level 11, and registration will remain open until the beginning of the tournament’s second day. The surviving players on Day 2 will return for a Day 3 finale that will be streamed by PokerGO.
Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team all weekend long for updates from the $250,000 Super High Roller and other events at the 2022 World Series of Poker in its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.