Whilst the record breaking Estrellas Main Event continues and takes up the vast majority of the main tournament room, if you head to the top left of the cavernous tournament area you’ll find eight tables reserved for the €50,000 Super High Roller (don’t forget the unlimited re-entries). However, more may soon be needed as this event is rapidly closing in on breaking its own record. “The record for unique players in this event is 58,” said PokerStars VIP Host Garry Gates to the PokerStars Blog. “We’re already at 52 players and we’re only 20 minutes in,” he added before joking with a member of tournament staff that they might well need a ninth table.
Since then Silver’s snagged himself a high roller title, winning a big event at The Aria over the summer and Scott ‘Aggro Santos’ Margereson will be hoping for something similar to happen to him here in Barcelona. Whilst his biggest live cash of $51,082 doesn’t even cover this event’s buy-in he’s had rather more success online where his tracked cashes total almost $3,000,000. That total includes two WCOOP titles in 2014 and a Sunday Million win.
A good start for Margereson then, but the same can’t be said of Silver who lost two pots in the opening 15 minutes. In the first he tangled with Adrian Mateos, the EPT12 Grand Final winner is looking for back to back victories on the EPT and took an early pot from Silver when he called his river bet on a 2♣10♠3♥4♦9♣ board with J♥9♥, which was good. Since his win in Monte Carlo the Spaniard has turned 21, just in time to cash in the WSOP Main Event and he’s also already had success at this stop of the tour finishing third in a €2,000 turbo event.
Silver also lost one to Nick Petrangelo when, in a blind on blind, confrontation, the American overbet the pot on the river and got Silver to tank fold.
Everywhere you turn the names – Mike McDonald, Philipp Gruissem, Ike Haxton, Ole Schemion, Steve O’Dwyer – keep coming so expect more stacked tables to emerge as the day goes on.
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