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Mizrachi Leads Day 1b Survivors

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Michael Mizrachi - Day 1b Chip Leader
Michael Mizrachi - Day 1b Chip Leader

On Monday, Season 9 of the European Poker Tour continued with Day 1b of the EPT Berlin Main Event. Of the 565 players who registered, around 314 remain and the leader is Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. Mizrachi bagged 175,400 chips, and will be fourth overall entering into Day 2.

The overall chip leader is Ronny Voth (196,100).

Mizrachi rarely plays in EPT events, and has never cashed, but he’s well on his way to a deep run in the capital city of Germany. The Grinder won a large three-way all in after the dinner break, eliminating two opponents. After a series of bets and raises, the three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time Poker Players Championship winner had two players at risk holding pocket aces. One held two kings, the other two tens, and neither could make a set, straight or flush Mizrachi rocketed up the charts to 125,000 chips. Despite doubling Nicolas Chouity in the second-to-last hand of the night, Mizrachi bagged more chips than any of his opponents.

Robin Yitalo, Daniel Reijmer, George Clyde-Smith, and Sam Grafton also finished the day with six-figure stacks. Grafton bagged 135,900 chips, making a crucial flush in Level 4, but his main focus was being a friend. He tried to get Griffin Benger to give his mate Chris Brammer a massage for an entire level, but the negotiations broke down. Brammer never received a much-needed “pick me up," and was eliminated later in the day.

Joining Brammer on the rail during Day 1b were a host of notables, including Hiren Patel, Jason Wheeler, Paul Volpe, David Williams, Randy Lew, David Vamplew, Mike McDonald and Phillip Gruissem.

Wheeler had his kings cracked by Glen Cymbaluk on a queen-high flop. Cymbaluk called Wheeler’s all in with king-jack, leaving himself with just two outs, and low and behold the river brought a jack. Volpe took a similar beat when an opponent over-shoved on a king-high flop with king-jack. Volpe was quick to call with pocket aces, but the player rivered a third king.

Williams’ bust out hand was especially interesting. The Team Pro moved all in with pocket tens on a nine-high board, and was called by two opponents. One player, Jonathan Bensadoun, held ace-nine for a pair of nines, and the third player held ace-five of clubs for both flush and straight draws. The turn was a red nine, the river a red ace, and Bensadoun held. Williams, who flew in Monday morning to play the event, was eliminated and off to the airport once again.

Season 8 EPT Berlin winner Davidi Kitai and Season 6 winner Kevin MacPhee both survived Day 1b. Despite losing a sizable pot with queens against Richard Toth’s aces, MacPhee bagged 34,900 chips. Kitai, who was on the EPT Live feature table for the majority of the day, bagged 32,100.

If you add the 565 players who registered on Day 1b with the 347 on Day 1a, you get a total field size of 912. That makes this event the second-largest EPT Berlin Main Event in history, and the largest since Season 6 (945).

The prize pool was announced at the end of the day, and the €4,560,000 purse will be divided among the top 136 finishers. A min-cash will earn you €8,000, a final table appearance will earn you €77,000, and the winner will take home €880,000.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePrize
1€880,000
2€531,000
3€325,000
4€255,000
5€202,200
6€155,000
7€110,000
8€56,000

Day 2 will begin on Tuesday at 12:00 CET. Be sure to check back with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team for all of your exclusive, up-to-the-minute live updates straight from the tournament floor.

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Play Concludes on Day 1B

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Around 314 players made it through the day. It looks as if Michael Mizrachi is the end of day chip leader on 175,400. Play will resume at 12:00PM CET on Tuesday.

Some End of Day Counts

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Michael Mizrachi us 175,400 20,000
Robin Ylitalo se 172,800 172,800
Daniel Reijmer nl 162,600
[Removed:2] 161,500 161,500
Georgio Zisimopoulos 157,700 157,700
Sam Grafton gb 135,900 10,900
Marc Weiss 132,800 132,800
Samir Merah 132,800 132,800
Mark Darner us 129,900 129,900
Sorel Mizzi ca 119,500 -30,500
Ben Sadoun 108,800 108,800
Vanessa Selbst us 94,800 4,800
JC Alvarado mx 90,400 35,400
Giuseppe Pantaleo de 88,100 -26,900
Tobias Reinkemeier de 81,100 55,100
Martin Hruby cz 77,900 39,900
Theo Jorgensen dk 73,600 27,600
Alex Kravchenko ru 59,700 16,700
Mickey Petersen dk 57,600 17,600
Bryn Kenney us 55,200 10,200
Rino Mathis ch 54,400 5,400
Andrew Chen ca 52,300 2,300
Nicolas Chouity lb 49,100
Marvin Rettenmaier de 47,500 10,500
Olivier Busquet us 47,100 -18,900

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Chouity Doubles Through Mizrachi

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Nicolas Chouity just managed to get a nice double up through Michael Mizrachi in the dying seconds of the day. Chouity ended up all in for 23,150 against preflop against Mizrachi and the showdown went as following.

Michael Mizrachi: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}
Nicolas Chouity: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}

The board ran out {3-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades} and Chouity stayed alive.

Michael Mizrachi us 155,400 15,400
Nicolas Chouity lb 49,100 9,100

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Such a Set

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

On a {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} flop it was Valentin Such who ended up all in for 21,300 chips against Birger Ohl. Ohl had him covered by a lot but still there was also a lot at stake for him. Such stood up from the table as both players turned their cards over.

Valentin Such: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Birger Ohl: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}, {A-Diamonds} and Such doubled up.

Birger Ohl 65,000
Valentin Such 50,000

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Demidov Checks It Back

[user196676] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Board: {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

We got to the table to find quite the pot brewing as there was well over 40,000 already piled in the center of the table with a completed board showing. Rameev Sergey checked on over to Ivan Demidov who was in the tank for about forty-five seconds. Eventually, Demidov shrugged and tapped the table back, slapping down {7-Spades}{6-Spades} on the felt. Sergey showed {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for top pair and was able to scoop up the large pot. Demidov is now down to about 51,000 while Sergey has soared to 135,000.

Rameev Sergey 135,000
Ivan Demidov ru 51,000 -20,000

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