WSOP Paradise: GGMillion$ High Roller obliterates $10m guarantee

Adam Hampton
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Posted on: December 7, 2023 7:18 am EST

The $10 million guaranteed prize pool may have raised some eyebrows, but the GGMillion$ High Roller has more than delivered. Any hopes/fears of an overlay were put to rest on Day 1B of this $25k 3-day tourney, with a total of 533 players across both Day 1s generating a huge $13,325,000 prize pool. Football superstar Sergio Aguero (above) appears to have enjoyed his time at the tables, but couldn’t progress to Day 2.

Renat Bohdanov of Ukraine is one player who will be returning for Day 2, today at 3pm, having finished Day 1B with the biggest stack (4,105,000). Bohdanov has enjoyed a successful 2023 so far, cashing six times at the summer WSOP and final tabling high roller events at the Aria and Triton London. He tried his luck on Day 1A and fell short, but 1B has been kinder: he is currently only outstacked by Jason Koon (5,970,000), Fedor Holz (4,730,000) and Artur Martirosian (4,670,000) from the first starting flight.

Big names hit the rail

By now, the bodycount in the GGMillion$ inevitably includes a number of high profile high rollers.

The first flight saw the likes of Stephen Chidwick, Isaac Haxton, Dan Shak and WSOP champ Daniel Weinman bust out, many of whom fired multiple bullets. Flight 1B’s casualties, meanwhile, include Shaun Deeb, Faraz Jaka, Kevin Martin, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney.

Sports fans will have enjoyed the chance to play with Sergio Aguero, as well as former NBA legend Tony Parker who joins Aguero on the rail after falling early in Day 1A.

The WSOP Paradise final table sits empty, waiting for players
Who will make it to the bright lights of the final table?

Negreanu and Seidel still in the hunt

Hall of Famers Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel are among those returning for Day 2, in the money and chasing top spot. As mentioned above, elite crushers Koon and Holz have the biggest stacks in the field and will take some stopping, though there is no shortage of experienced players hot on their heels.

These include: 2020’s WSOP Online champ Damian Salas (8th, 2,900,000); 2021 WSOP winner Koray Aldemir (24th, 1,595,000); six-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier (25th, 1,550,000); and 2022 WSOP champion Espen Jorstad (66th, 70,000). British high roller Lewis Spencer will be hoping for a quick double-up when play resumes, having snuck into the money with just 5,000 chips (good for ⅛ of a big blind).

The Day 2 action resumes at 3pm local time, with the PLO High Roller kicking off an hour before. As always, PokerOrg will keep you up to speed.

Images courtesy of WSOP