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EPT Grand Final High Roller Day 1 – Kurganov Leads

The port of MonacoWith the Main Event slowly winding down and getting ever closer to revealing its winner, it was about time we had another event kick off that would include the same calibre of players. The EPT Monaco Grand Final High Roller got underway with 146 entries (though some were players using their single reload), meaning it is already a larger field than last year.

After 10 levels the day finished with just 81 of them remaining and reigning champion Igor Kurganov again finding himself at the top of the pile with 471,500 chips. He stands around 100k ahead of second and third place with Benny Spindler and Tony Gregg sitting on 387,400 and 384,500 respectively.

Others that are involved in the top ten include Antonio Esfandiari who eliminated Phil Ivey during the day, Marvin Rettenmaier, Sorel Mizzi and Benny Spindler.


Throughout the rest of the field are some big names too, with Isaac Haxton, Faraz Jaka, Dan O’Brien, Olivier Busquet, Mike McDonald, Davidi Kitai, Toby Lewis, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst and Viktor Blom all going into Day 2.

  Those Who Busted Day 1!

In total there were 65 eliminations on Day 1, with there of course having to be some of the biggest names around being amongst them. There was Phil Ivey, Scott Seiver, Sam Trickett, Galen Hall, Eugene Katchalov, Vicky Coren, Paul Volpe and Justin Bonomo all finding themselves heading for the rail. For some of them they even fired two shots and failed, just like a certain Phil Ivey and Sam Trickett who couldn’t make it despite two bites of the cherry apiece.



The action will be getting underway at 12pm local time today, with players able to buy-in right up until the start of play or fire a second shot if they have already been busted once. We will bring you a report at the same time tomorrow, where we will not only let you know who is playing well and who isn’t but also the prize pool information which should be available.

The Current Top Ten!

1) Igor Kurganov – 471,500

2) Benny Spindler – 387,400

3) Tony Gregg – 384,500

4) Sorel Mizzi – 238,000

5) Antonio Esfandiari – 233,400

6) Nadar Kakhmazov – 228,400

7) Jeffrey Yarchever – 227,000

8) Jason Wheeler – 218,000

9) Alex Biloker – 206,200

10) Marvin Rettenmaier – 206,200

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