The 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,750 High Roller started off slow with just two tables, but with a single re-entry options and late registration open all day, that number swelled. After 10 one-hour levels of play, the field had grown to 115 unique entrants who accounted for 36 re-entries to bring the total field up to 151 entries. It could go up even more as registration will remain open up until the start of Day 2.
At the end of the night, Nick Petrangelo bagged the biggest stack among the approximately 75 survivors with 290,600, though several other players were hot on his heels including Sam Greenwood (276,800), Byron Kaverman (272,000), Oleksii Khoroshenin (264,000), and Sergio Aido (250,700).
Petrangelo is a regular on the high roller circuit and has total live earnings of nearly $6 million. That includes $1,015,335 for finishing second in the 2015 WPT Alpha8 Bellagio High Roller, taking third in the EPT12 Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for $669,12, and winning the EPT13 Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for $464,154. Petrangelo also finished sixth in this very event two years ago, good for $301,500.
Others who advanced are former NFL player Richard Seymour (165,000), Daniel Colman (100,400), Bryn Kenney (66,8000), Phil “The Unabomber” Laak (54,900), and Bernard Lee (27,200). They will be joined by Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (140,300), Daniel Negreanu (104,600), Liv Boeree (43,000), Andre Akkari (40,600), and Jake Cody (32,800).
On the flip side, not everyone was as fortunate. Among those to fall twice on Day 1, meaning they don’t have a re-entry option to use tomorrow, were 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe McKeehen, the UK wunderkind Charlie Carrel, 2016 Aussie Millions champ Chance Kornuth, and last year’s runner-up Sean Winter.
Shortly after re-entering the tournament, Winter found himself on the bad end of a cooler. He had flopped trip queens with a king kicker, but Khoroshenin had flopped threes full of queens. The chips went in, and Winter failed to get there. As for Carrel, he busted after getting his short stack in with ace-four and falling to the pocket eights of Greenwood.
Day 2 will kick off at Noon local time on Friday. Once again PokerNews will bring you updates straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to check back then. While you wait, check out this video of Seymour talking about joining Twitter, making a bet with Negreanu, and more.