One of the most-decorated players in history, Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu made a strong statement on the first day of the $ 300,000 Super High Roller Bowl 2018: “I’m here to win this tournament.”
The field of 48 players brought the world’s best players to the tables, where Negreanu can be described as an old-school player. However, “Kid Poker” has mostly focused on current trends and worked on its game over the past year to keep up with the pace of eager young people spending endless hours on various gaming programs.
For Negreanu, this approach has paid off so far. He claimed that he won $ 1 million when he played his first event after exploring the new field of game theory.
Now he has made a fantastic start to the Super High Roller Bowl, a tournament he calls the most prestigious in the world. Negreanu is one of only 14 players to have participated in all four editions, but has failed to make money in recent years.
He ends the tournament day with 1,618,000 chips, but there is still a long way to go before the last seven players share the $ 14.4 million prize pool. Anyway his day was almost perfect. He is in the front and has more than 150 big blinds ahead of his next rivals.
Negreanu’s rise to the top of the leaderboard began when he picked up a big pot from Doug Polk on a doubly paired board and won with the ladies against Polk’s pocket-ten.
“I came here really focused,” Negreanu said. “You know your table before.” I know that Doug on my left is trying to pressurize me and eliminate me. I’m a veteran, I’m not distracted. “
Jason Koon is behind Negreanu with 986,000 chips. We will also see Steffen Sontheimer with 980,000 chips on Day 2, as well as Stephen Chidwick (888,500), Bryn Kenney (852,500), Seth Davies (738,000) and Justin Bonomo (675,500). The title bearer Christoph Vogelsang has 232,500 chips and 2017 champ Rainer Kempe 157,000 chips.
Fedor Holz wrapped 522,500 chips and Phil Ivey 254,000 chips at the end of the day.
Eliminated on day 1, among others, David Peters, Tom Marchese, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Isaac Haxton, Ben Tollerene, Erik Seidel and Igor Kurganov.