It was a full day of action at the Hofburg Palace on Thursday. The European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event played down from 50 players to the final 17, while the €10,000 High Roller kicked off with 136 players that accounted for 35 reentries, bringing the total field thus far up to 171 entries.
The EPT10 Vienna High Roller has already surpassed the 115 entries from the Deauville High Roller and EPT London’s 157 entries, and since registration is open until the start of Day 2, there is still a great chance it could pass EPT Prague’s 176 entries and even EPT Barcelona’s 180 entries.
After ten levels of play in the latter event, just 80 players remained with Russia’s Andrey Andreev and his stack of 338,400 leading the way.
The chip lead was actually determined in the penultimate hand of the night in a wild hand with Igor Kurganov, which you can read by clicking here.
While Andreev finished strong, Max Altergott was never able to get off the ground. He busted in the second level, exercised his single reentry option, and then busted again a short time later. Likewise, Yann Dion, Andrey Volkov, Juha Helppi, Fedor Holz, Jack Salter, Steve O’Dwyer, and Thomas Muhlocker are all among the players who no longer have a reentry option.
That said, not everyone missed on their second try. Some player who busted, reentered, and survived the day included Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel (111,700), Eugene Katchalov (69,800), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (55,000), and Team Online’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur (35,700).
They'll be joined by some players who made it through on one bullet including Theo Jorgensen (298,700), Alexander Dovzhenko (242,000), Surinder Sunar (235,700), Ami Barer (187,000), Sam Trickett (134,000), and Alex Kravchenko (114,700).
Among those to fall on Day 1 who still have the opportunity to reenter are Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Maxim Lykov, Joni Jouhkimainen, Sotirios Koutoupas, Walid Bou Habib, Sergio Aido, and Kimmo Kurko.
Day 2 is set to kick off at Noon local time. We expect to see a lot of reentries, plus some new faces could potentially show up (i.e. Gus Hansen, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, etc.), so be sure to join us then as we bring you all the high-rolling action from Vienna, Austria. In the meantime, check out Kristy Arnett’s latest video where she takes a look back at some poker players’ first tweets.