The €25,000 High Roller event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo has attracted one of the biggest elite fields in the history of the EPT. Phil Ivey is among the chip leaders with 25 players left.
With most of the world's poker elite gathered for the European Poker Tour's Grand Final in Monaco, the action continues to run hot at the Monte Carlo Casino.
While the €10,000 Main Event is currently closing in on finding its winner, the stop's €25,000 High Roller tournament has offered a last chance for the many pros still in town to make a big result before Season 8 wraps up.
Despite the big buy-in, the High Roller event attracted no less than 133 players, breaking all former records and creating a combined prize pool of €3,325,000.
The heavy line-up was a real treat for poker fans and journalists alike, with players like Sorel Mizzi, Daniel Cates
, Viktor Blom
, Chris Moorman and Liv Boeree all sitting down to compete for the €1,080,000 first prize.
While all of the above have already busted out as the tournament has been boiled down to its last 25 runners, some big names still remain in contention for the title.
These include Phil Ivey
, who is currently sitting in third place with a 651,000 stack, Noah Schwartz, who is sixth with 400,000 and Daniel Negreanu
in eighth with 320,000.
Also still in is Justin Bonomo, who could be on his way to yet another major result following his historic win in the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1.64 million.
The current chip leader is Andrew Becker with 755,000, while 2011 EPT Prague winner Martin Finger is second with 660,000.
Although most of the attention has been directed towards the High Roller and the Main Event over the past few days, a number of events still remain on the schedule before the Monte Carlo stop will come to a definite end.
These include a €10,000 Turbo Six-Max High Roller, the final tables of the €1,000 Women's Event and the €5,000 Six-Max, as well as a special €300 Turbo Mini-Edition of the Main Event.
All of the above are set to be played tomorrow, before the stop and the tour's eight season concludes with the Player of The Year award and Season 8 Wrap Party tomorrow night.