Team partypoker's Roberto Romanello is second only to WSOP 2013 Main Event Champion Ryan Reiss after Day 1 of the MILLIONS UK Super High Roller. The Dusk Till Dawn mega-festival continued to hot up on Monday, with the £1M GTD Super High Roller providing most of the intrigue.
The £25,500 buy-in tournament attracted 17 of the very best or very wealthiest in poker to Dusk Till Dawn.
After eight 40-minute levels of high-level, high-stakes action, Riess found himself on top of the pile with a big chip lead, bagging up a whopping 3,510,000. Hot on his heels in second is the Welsh Wizard, who bagged up 2,960,000.
Fabrizio Cataldi (2,780,000), Lucas Reeves (2,720,000), Orpen Kisacikoglu (2,110,000) and Alex Foxen (2,020,000) all finished with over two million.
The only other Team partypoker pro to enter the Super High Roller was Scotland's Ludovic Geilich, who after a swingy day ended with a respectable 1,430,000, which was good enough for mid-table.
Despite his recent run of good form, UK sensation Michael Zhang failed to bag up any chips at all, having bust not once but twice during the opening eight levels.
Mustapha Kanit and Dean Lyall also failed to take any chips through to Day 2, having bought in once before calling it a day.
Players will still have two levels to enter or re-enter if they wish to do so on Tuesday, and with the £1,000,000 guarantee still some way off being met, we’re likely to see some savvy high-stakes players take full advantage and jump in early on Day 2.
Haygarth Leads Open Into Day 3 as 46 Progress
After an action-packed day of poker and a tense hand-for-hand period that lasted over an hour, it was Andrew Haygarth who has the Open chip lead after bagging up 56,325,000.
A total of 1,009 players over five MILLIONS UK Open starting flights created a prize pool worth £1,009,000, and 312 players returned on Day 2 to battle towards the money and try to keep their hopes alive of winning the £180,000 first-place prize.
Haygarth and Dean Wilson, who bagged 56,200,000, have a significant lead on the rest of the field with Gordon Huntly (35,550,000), Grant Kinnear (34,700,000), Rory Liffey (34,000,000) and Paul McTaggart (32,875,000) in the chasing pack.
Two brothers from Austria will make Day 3 a family affair after both progressing. Daniel Rezaei (31,875,000), who was among the chip leaders throughout the day, will be joined by brother Armin, who made a late run to bag a very similar 31,300,000 stack.
Chris Da-Silva (32,700,000), Iaron Lightbourne (23,500,000), Benny Glaser (18,925,000), Andrew Hulme (12,275,000), and Jack Sinclair (12,100,000) also advanced, along with Team partypoker pros Natalia Breviglieri (6,825,000) and Anatoly Filatov (5,300,000).
There was a shock early on when Lukasz Grossmann, who came into the day's play in the top five chip counts, departed the tournament shortly before the first break of the day.
The Open went hand-for-hand when 123 players remained, and it took an age to find the four eliminations needed to burst the bubble. The tension grew and grew, before eventually Michael O'Sullivan was the unlucky man to depart just short of the money when he ran ace-queen into the aces of Grant Kinnear.
With the remaining 119 players all guaranteed a min-cash worth £2,700, the exits came thick and fast, with Day 1A and Day 1C leaders Kfir Ivgi and Tsz Him Pun both departing with a min-cash.
Haygarth was able to propel himself up the counts during the final hour of play after he called a river raise worth 15m from Daniel Rezaei with pocket jacks on a ten-four-eight-eight-nine board and took the pot with a higher two pair.
Keith Cummins, Kelly Saxby, Charles Akadiri, Sebastian Pawlak, Matthew Eardley, Sylvia Hewitt, Kenny Hallaert and last year's partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event winner Maria Lampropulos all made the money but were unable to last until the end of the day.
Ersoy Takes MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1A Chip Lead
Serkan Ersoy claimed the chip lead in the £5M GTD MILLIONS UK Main Event after Day 1A, with just 18 players advancing from a relatively small field of 38 that included three re-entries.
Turkey's Ersoy finished up with 4,830,000 in chips after steadily trending up throughout the day. He got most of them when he eliminated Erik Friberg with ace-queen against his opponent’s pocket queens. An ace fell on the flop to propel Ersoy into the chip lead, a spot he wouldn’t relinquish.
Trailing Ersoy in the chip counts is Florin Sucala with 4,085,000. The Romanian took some of Rifat Palevic's chips when he flopped top pair against him and got maximum value. Sucala also eliminated Javier Zarco and Kristoffer Rasmussen to take him up to second.
Rounding out the podium was the UK’s Simon Higgins, who bagged 3,840,000. Other notable players who made it through to Day 2 include Guillermo Sanchez (3,150,000), Mark Gardner (2,100,000), David Lopez (1,850,000), Ben Dobson (1,780,000), Niall Farrell (1,550,000), Paul Newey (1,360,000), and Orpen Kisacikoglu (985,000).
Not everyone managed to advance, however, with partypoker pro Sam Trickett eliminated when he shoved on the flop with a straight and flush draw but didn't get there against the aces of Andrew Mapp. Palevic busted both of his bullets, as did Arran Fletcher. Other players failing to get to the end of the day included Paul Dando, Andy Black, Nabil Cardoso, and Yani Yanev.
|Date||Start||Late Reg||Levels||Clock||Event||Number of Players||Players Left|
|Sunday, September 30, 2018||21:00||-||24||Online - Day 1||21||12|
|Monday, October 1, 2018||12:00||Day 2||8||60||Day 1a||38||18|
|Tuesday, October 2, 2018||12:00||Day 2||8||60||Day 1b||-||-|
|Wednesday, October 3, 2018||12:00||Day 2||8||60||Day 1c||-||-|
|Thursday, October 4, 2018||12:00||17:00||8||60||Day 2||-||-|
|Friday, October 5, 2018||12:00||-||8||60||Day 3||-||-|
|Saturday, October 6, 2018||12:00||-||8||60||Day 4||-||-|
|Sunday, October 7, 2018||12:00||-||60||Day 5 (Final Day)||-||-|
What’s Coming Up
Tuesday will see the conclusion of the Super High Roller, as the second champion of MILLIONS UK is crowned. With a chunky overlay currently in prospect, there could be fireworks in the early levels. You can watch a live stream of all the spectacular action by following this link.
Day 1B of the Main Event gets under way at noon, with the field hoping to join the 30 players who’ve already advanced to Day 2. The MILLIONS UK Open Day 3 will also be on Tuesday, with the final 46 hoping to book their spot on Wednesday’s Final Table.
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- Rob Godmon