James Obst Survives First Day of $100,000 Super High Roller at PCA

Posted at 01:18 2011-01-08

It was an historic day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas as 38 players ponied up big cash to contest a tournament that has the potential to become one of the most prestigious annual events – the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event. There were pre-tournament doubts about whether the tournament would be a success, but the field of close to 40 players would pass even PokerStars’ lofty expectations.

Australia would be represented by online phenom James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst who looked right at home against a field that included Daniel Negraneau, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, David Benyamine, Dan Shak, Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger, and one-time rival Sorel Mizzi.
Also in the field was Viktor Blom, who is at the centre of poker’s worst kept secret, as the man who is widely tipped to be revealed as ‘Isildur1’ at a PokerStars press conference within days. With such high stakes on the line, there was also no shortage of big money in the game with Guy Laliberte of Cirque du Soleil fame and Japanese businessman-cum-poker player Masa Kagawa getting involved.
Laliberte and Kagawa would be dispatched back to their day jobs reasonably quickly though, along with reigning World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Hoyt Corkins, Tom Marchese and Scott Seiver who were all eliminated throughout the first day of play.
Late in the day they would be joined by Viktor Blom, Bertrand Grospellier and 2010 Aussie Millions $100k event winner Dan Shak. In the end 23 players would remain after nine full levels of play with James Obst (390,000) in the middle of the pack in 12th place. He is trailing the likes of Daniel Negreanu (848,000), Nick Schulman (705,000), Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates (622,000), Eugene Katchalov (551,000) and Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger (494,000). The chipleader is Tobias Reinkemeier at 896,000.
The massive field has ensured that this event will go down as the biggest high roller event ever held at a major tournament to date. It also means that after three days of gruelling play the champion will walk away with $1,500,000 and four other players will earn at least $200,000. It is going to be intriguing to watch the next two days of play as James Obst is in with a shot to win what will be his biggest live tournament achievement in his career thus far. PokerNetwork will have all the updates from the Bahamas daily, but if you can’t wait that long, be sure to follow the updates on . Day two action will begin at 4:00am AEDT and continue through into the middle of Saturday Australian time.
James Obst is one of 23 players still remaining in the PCA Super High Roller event James Obst is one of 23 players still remaining in the PCA Super High Roller event

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