Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
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
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.
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.
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.
The board ran out and Chouity stayed alive.
Just five more hands before the day is done. Let's find the overnight chip leader!
On a 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.
The board ran out , and Such doubled up.
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 on the felt. Sergey showed 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.