Martin Finger Leads in the Super High Rollers

January 4, 2014

The Super High Rollers tournament began with a bang at the Atlantis Resort at the Paradise Island in Bahamas, which is part of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The game began slowly as the players began their battle for supremacy on the first day. Some of the big names who were present included Ryan Riess, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. At the end of the eight levels, it was the German Martin Finger who was leading with a total of 829000 chips. On the first day, the total number of registrations were only 52 but the organizers were hopeful about it increasing significantly on the second day and that is what happened. Last year, the field consisted of 47 unique participants and a total of 12 re-entries for a combined total of 59 buy-ins, which makes this year well within the distance of striking the same mark.

Martin Finger and the European Poker Tour

Martin Finger the chip leader, has a fair amount of idea about the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure which is a part of the European Poker Tour. He won the gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker in 2013 with a cash prize of 506764 dollars. Finger has tasted victory twice in the European Poker Tour as well where he won the Prague Main Event in 2011 with a prize money of 720000 Euros and the London Super High Roller in 2013 with a total cash prize of 821000 Euros. Finger had to get rid of Keith Lehr at the end of the day to get into the chip lead ahead of Max Altergott who ended up with 707000 chips. Altergott is also getting very popular now as he came out on top in the Monte Carlo EPT Grand Finale winning the prize money of 1746400 Euros. He is quickly gaining a name for himself all over.

Others players to fight it out

Finger and Altergott could not take it easy as they were hotly chased by Isaac Haxton with 584,500 chips, Bryn Kenney with 562,000 chips, Jason Koon with 551,000 chips, Lawrence Greenberg with513,800 chips, Daniel Colman with 512,500 chips and Gruissem with 454,000 chips. Gruissem had the joy of getting rid of Laliberte on the first day and assured that he would keep his chips all the way into the final table. Some of the other players who had a chance of making a comeback were Paul Newey with 477,000 chips, Mike McDonald with 435,000 chips, Joseph Cheung with 428,500 chips, Sorel Mizzi with 409,500, Vanessa Selbst with a total of 401,000 chips, Jonathan Duhamel with 316,500 chips, Jason Mercier with 253,000 chips, Matt Glantz with 382,500 chips, Ole Schemion with 344,500 chips and Tony Gregg with 291,500 chips.

The player who returned on the second day with the shortest stack was Dani Stern. He became the only player to end up with less than 100000 chips at the end of the first day. There were two players, Guy Laliberte and Daniel Negreanu who had an eventful day. They both got busted twice in a single day and had a tough task in hand the next day where they had to fire three bullets worth 300000 dollars each into the game to have any chance of surviving. Laliberte re-entered twice on the first day while Negreanu re-entered once and had plans to buy-in before the start of the second day.

Some lost form while others chose to re-enter

Scott Seiver, the defending champion of this event was not in good form as he could collect only 131500 chips which made sure that he remained in the bottom half. However, he was nowhere near elimination. . There was hardly anyone who got busted on the first day and chose not to re-enter. The players who opted out of re-entering were Ryan Riess, John Juanda, Mike Watson, Bertrand Grospellier and Steven Silverman.

This poker tournament that is to last for nine days still has a lot to offer to the audience as well as the players. This poker festival commenced on January 5. There will be as many as 40 events that will be organized here till January 14.