Sam Greenwood Leads Day 1 of Super High Roller

Posted at 19:30 2015-01-07 by Josh Cahlik

Day 1 of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller is officially in the books! After eight full levels of play, Sam Greenwood has emerged as the chip leader heading into Day 2 with 1.073 million in chips.

PCA Super High Roller Day 1

During Day 1 play, Greenwood amassed a vast majority of his chips by besting pocket kings with pocket aces not once, but twice. The first of these two confrontations occurred against Scott Seiver and resulted in the 2013 PCA Super High Roller champion making his way to the cage to re-enter. Greenwood vaulted near the chip lead with this pot and never relented as the day progressed. Toward the end of Level 7, Greenwood engaged in a preflop pot against Byron Kaverman where he once again held bullets against his opponent's cowboys. Kaverman was eliminated from play and Greenwood added to his chip lead, boosting his stack over 900,000 in chips.

While Greenwood bagged up the biggest stack of the day, his road to success is littered with obstacles in the form of the most elite poker players in the world. EPT champion and 2014 PCA Main Event runner-up Mike McDonald finished the day second in chips with 749,000. Andrew Robl rounded out the top three with 734,000.

Notable chip counts

Other notable faces to take sizable stacks onto Day 2 include Christoph Vogelsang (697,000), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (637,000) Bryn Kenney (626,000), Sorel Mizzi (577,500), Erik Seidel (546,000), Justin Bonomo (511,000), and Keith Lehr (501,000).

Team PokerStars Pro had a fair showing throughout the day was well with Jason Mercier (540,000), Daniel Negreanu (303,000), and Isaac Haxton (275,500) each moving onto Day 2. Vanessa Selbst was the only member of Team PokerStars pro to be eliminated, falling from play late in the day.

Day 1 drew a grand total of 61 entries, with 48 unique entrants and 13 re-entries. Dan Shak re-entered twice and was eliminated from play twice. Bill Perkins is still thriving on his third bullet, with other players such as McDonald, Seiver, Cary Katz, and Daniel Colman taking advantage of the re-entry option. Registration will remain open until the start of Day 2, meaning that this number is likely to increase before a final number and prize pool are announced.

Top 10 chip counts

Sam Greenwood1,073,000
Mike McDonald749,000
Andrew Robl734,000
Christoph Vogelsang697,000
Carlos Chadha683,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy637,000
Bryn Kenney626,000
Sorel Mizzi577,500
Erik Seidel546,000
Jason Mercier540,000

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