Something is about to happen that will make history in the country of Monaco. For the first time in eight seasons of action, the European Poker Tour will host a €100,000 buy-in event. Never before have EPT players paid so much for a single tournament buy-in. Monday at 14:00 in Monte Carlo, the Super High Roller event will kick of a full week of tournament poker at The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final.
There is barely any way to overstate how intense the festival's first event will be. Included among the the confirmed players are some of the biggest names in the game. 2011 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller winner Eugene Katchalov will join 2012 PCA Super High Roller champ Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in a fight for what is sure to be a gigantic first prize. Here are a few of the names who have already committed to taking their €100,000 seats.
Blom's victory in the Bahamas last January was his first major live tournament championship. Now he will take this first big chance to prove his success wasn't a fluke. After he won his last event, he left us with these words: "I hope it isn't my last." His commitment to showing up this week shows he cares about more than cash games.
It must be pointed out, there is a great difference between $100,000 and €100,000. The euro is doing a lot better than the dollar these days, so the €100,000 event comes out to something like $132,000. This is not the kiddie pool we're swimming in this week.
Also, just like the Super High Roller $100,000 event in the Bahamas, this Super High Roller is a reload tourney. If you think nobody would rebuy in such a big event, think again. It happened twice in the Bahamas.
The Super High Roller is just the first of 37 events that will play out over the next week. The highlight of the festival is the Grand Final main event, the championship tournament of a 13-stop season that's taken players from Barcelona, all over Europe, and back to Monaco for the first time since Season 6. To see a full schedule of all the events in the coming week, check out the PokerStars EPT Grand Final schedule.
The PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of the Super High Roller, €10,000 main event, and €25,000 High Roller though the coming days. Our live coverage will begin Monday at 14:00 right here on the EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller live updates page.
Join us here for all the action as we close out Season 8 of the European Poker Tour.