Hello everyone and welcome to PokerNews' coverage of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final.
The festival will be kicked off this week with the jaw-dropping €100,000 Super High Roller event, scheduled to commence today at 2:00 PM local time here in Monaco. The Sporting Club in Monaco plays host to this magnificent event that will see the world's best battle it out for the title over the course of the next three days.
So far, 2012 has been a legendary year in terms of big buy-in events. Not even a full four months into the year, there have been four events with a six-figure-or-greater entry fee: the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller, the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge and $250,000 Challenge, and the Manila Millions HKD$1,000,000 (USD$129,000) Super High Roller. Those events have been won by Team PokerStars Pro Viktor Blom, Dan Smith, Phil Ivey and Allan Le, respectively.
This has truly been a bankroll-busting year if there ever has been one and to add to that, this €100,000 Super High Roller will be held with re-entry format. Registration will be open for the first four levels of play, but re-entry is staying open for a four full levels after that, so right through all eight levels of Day 1. Heck, if someone really wanted to, they could go off for half a million Euros easy in this thing and possibly have nothing to show for it in the end.
The list of players confirmed is already up to 34 and the event is still a few hours away from kicking off. Slated to play are Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst and Eugene Katchalov. Grospellier is coming off a very recent victory in the EPT Berlin €10,000 High Roller where he defeated Chris Moorman heads up to win €231,000. Those participants will be joined by superstars Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Sam Trickett, Tony G, Scott Seiver and Mike "Timex" McDonald.
Also, it is important to point out how much €100,000 really is. Our colleague Brad Willis wrote the following on the PokerStars Blog and we couldn't have said it better ourselves:
"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."
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you the coverage and you won't want to miss a thing. Stay tuned for all the action coming up soon.