That was unexpected.
A couple of months ago, pre-The Events of 4/15TM when all of the online sites were whipping their dicks out in an arms race to see who could hold the highest number of high buy-in events, the WPT Championship $100,000 Super High Roller felt very me-too-ish.
Fast forward a few weeks, and this is the only super high roller event around, with none other likely on the horizon. Out of nowhere, the WPT Super High Roller is suddenly the Greg Oden of Super High Rollers.
Oh yeah, that was NSFW.
An impressive 29 registered for the WPT Championship $100k. Even more impressively, not one of those 29 were named Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Andy Bloch, Gus Hansen, or any of the other usual Full Tilt suspects for these events.
Of the 29 who registered, 17 survived. Justin Bonomo ended Day 1 as chip leader, stacked at 1,837,000. Vivek Rajkumar is second with 1,628,000. And Erik Lindgren is third overall with 1,607,000.
Daniel Negreanu showed up late but built up his stack, ending play with 471,000. Erik Seidel showed up on time but ended the day short-stacked with 237,000.
Early eliminations included Phil Laak, Phil Galfond, Tony G and Dan “Jungleman” Cates.
Get full chip counts here.