2015 EPT Grand Final Day 1: Kurganov Leads Super High Roller

Igor Kurganov EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

Season 11 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) comes to a close over the next week as players converge on Monaco for the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. The annual gala brings together the best players for a massive, season-ending festival.

The first tournament on the schedule is the €100,000 Super High Roller (SHR). Day 1 of the SHR saw 64 players shell out the cash to play, with 44 players remaining at the end of the day. Igor Kurganov leads the way with exactly one million chips. Ole Schemion is right on his heels, bagging 930,000 at the end of the day. Rounding out the top three is Erik Seidel with 857,000.

Four Canadians managed to find €100,000 for the buy-in, and all four finished the day with chips. Sam Greenwood is the top Canadian, building a stack of 397,000. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu finished the day with 273,000. The final two Canadians bagging chips at the end of Day 1 were Andrew Chen (157,000) and Mike McDonald (155,000).

High rollers like this one are usually a "who's-who" of poker, and this Grand Final SHR is no exception. At the top of the chip counts are such poker phenoms as Justin Bonomo (683,000), Team Pokerstars Pro and 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year George Danzer (615,000), and World Poker Tour Season 13 Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (527,000). Also, still hanging in lower down the list are Phil Ivey (360,000), Scott Seiver (318,000), and Sam Trickett (253,000).

Registration is still open until the start of Day 2, so the prize pool wasn't final at the end of Day 1. Action on Day 2 starts at 12:30 p.m. CET Friday, so check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of all that action, including details on the four Canadians in the field.

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