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Reinkemeier, Negreanu Dominate PCA Opening $100k High Roller
The 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicked off with its $100k Super High Roller event at the Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas Thursday.
38 of poker's biggest names and a few wealthy whales helped create a $3,743,000 prize pool that will see the top five paid, including $1.5 million for first, $1 million for second, $643,000 for third, $400k for fourth and a $200,000 fifth-place prize.
The similarly structured Aussie Millions $100k buy-in high roller event has never seen more than 24 players.
While high rollers like Phil Ivey and Tom "durrrr" Dwan were conspicuous in their absence, the field featured a number of poker's elite players, including Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier, Mike "Timex" McDonald, Phil Laak, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and David Benyamine.
Notable high stakes whales Guy Laliberte and Masa Kagawa also entered, but failed to make it through the day, joining pros like Ashton Griffin, Hoyt Corkins, online poker phenom Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel on the early rail.
A total of 23 survived the first nine levels of play with German Tobias Reinkemeier using a late flurry to barely edge out Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu for the overnight lead.
Bryn Kenney, Nick Shulman, Dan "Jungleman12" Cates and Eugene Katchalov remain close heading into Day 2 Friday.
The final table will go off at Atlantis Saturday.