Day 1 of Event #8: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end and Sergi Reixach is the chip leader after eight levels of play. The eighth event in the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas drew 229 entrants on the first day to generate a prize pool of $5,410,125, with more expected before the close of registration on Day 2.
Reixach leads a surviving field of 87 after bagging a total of 1,418,000. His best finish at the WSOP was a fourth place run in the 2021 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event and he is looking for his second cash of the series after a 39th place finish in this year’s $2,500 Freezeout.
The leader is followed by 2014 bracelet winner David Miscikowski and Justin Young, the only two other players to finish with over 1,000,000 chips. Young is looking for his first cash of the series after he failed to find the payout window despite having the chip lead at the beginning of the final day of the $100,000 High Roller.
Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||COUNTRY||CHIP COUNT||BIG BLINDS|
|2||David Miscikowski||United States||1,062,000||106|
|3||Justin Young||United States||1,018,000||102|
|4||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||884,000||88|
|6||Michael Moncek||United States||831,000||83|
|7||Brek Schutten||United States||818,000||82|
|8||Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier||France||750,000||75|
|9||Reagan Silber||United States||728,000||73|
|10||Cary Katz||United States||727,000||73|
Among the players near the top of the leaderboard are Sam Grafton, Martin Stausholm, and Cary Katz. Other players finding a bag for Day 2 include bracelet winners Michael Wang, Josh Arieh, David Peters, Adrian Mateos, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, Stephen Chidwick, JC Tran, Bertrand Grospellier, Julien Martini, and 2021 Main Event champion Koray Aldemir.
Players that failed to find a bag include Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, and defending champion Tyler Cornell. Negreanu was out after Byron Kaverman beat his king-high river shove with a pair of pocket eights, while Ho jammed with pocket eights and ran into Kaverman’s pocket tens. Cornell took his shot at defending his title, but he was out when his ace-six ran into Ben Lamb’s ace-king.
Players will return on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Day 2 in the Bally's Event Center and blinds will resume in Level 9 at 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante. Day 2 will play ten 60-minute levels with a 15-minute break after every two and a dinner break is scheduled after Level 14. The Day 3 finale is schedule for Monday at a time that has yet to be determined.
Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team throughout the rest of the weekend for coverage of the conclusion of the $25,000 High Roller and live updates from your favorite tournaments at the 2022 World Series of Poker.