The inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Europe kicked off from Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus on Monday with Day 1 attracting 35 entrants. Following six levels of play, the field was reduced to 22 players with Michael Zhang holding the chip lead over the Event #6 winner Artur Martirosyan and two-time Super High Roller Bowl champion Timothy Adams.

The Merit Poker presents Super High Roller Series Europe is sponsored by Luxon Pay and GGPoker and features the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl Europe as the main attraction. Events will be streamed for free on PokerGO. The series takes place at Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus. All events are part of the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate, with players earning points based on the amount they cash for. The full PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate schedule can be found here and the current leaderboard is available here.

Along with Adams, previous Super High Roller Bowl champions Christoph Vogelsang and Cary Katz were among the 28 unique entrants along with Super High Roller Series Europe Event #1 winner Phil Ivey. Other PokerGO Tour regulars that took a seat on Day 1 included Chris Brewer, Ali Imsirovic, David Peters, Jake Schindler, David Coleman, Stephen Chidwick, and Seth Davies, along with notables Timofey Kuznetsov, Mikita Badziakouski, Michael Addamo, Paul Phua, and Richard Yong.

Super High Roller Bowl 2017 champion Vogelsang was one of the first casualties when his pocket kings were cut down by runner-runner trips before Adams joined him on the rail before both players re-entered the field after exercising their single re-entry option. Brewer would run ace-queen into the ace-king of Imsirovic but soon re-entered along with Ivan Leow. Unfortunately for Brewer, he would see his final bullet end at the hands of Leow when he lost a race holding pocket nines against ace-ten. As play entered into Level 6, Pascal Lefrancois, Sergio Aido, Addamo, and Imsirovic all were eliminated, while Vogelsang joined Brewer officially on the sidelines as Day 1 ended with 22 players remaining.

Leading those players is England’s Zhang who finished with 1,056,000 in chips ahead of Martirosyan (832,000) and Adams (779,000). Other players among the leaders include Kuznetsov (476,000), Davies (417,000), and Ivey (404,000), while others reaching Day 2 include Linus Loeliger, Danny Tang, Cary Katz, Badziakouski, Yong, Chidwick, Schindler, and Peters.

Super High Roller Bowl Europe Top Ten Chip Counts
Rank Name Country Chip Count
1 Michael Zhang United Kingdom 1,056,000
2 Artur Martirosyan Russia 832,000
3 Timothy Adams Canada 779,000
4 Ivan Leow Malaysia 654,000
5 Timofey Kuznetsov Russia 476,000
6 Paul Phua Malaysia 441,000
7 Seth Davies United States 417,000
8 Phil Ivey United States 404,000
9 Viacheslav Buldygin Russia 393,000
10 Wiktor Malinowski Poland 383,000

The 35-entrant field has yielded nearly a $9 million prize pool, but registration remains open until the start of play on Day 2. Players that re-enter or late register will begin with 250,000 in chips with beginning blinds of 2,500-5,000 and a 5,000-big blind ante.

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