Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
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Mizrachi Emerges as Day 1a Chip Leader; Ivey, O'Dwyer & Alvarado Punch Ticket to Day 2

• Taso 6: 250-500, 50 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Event #7 €10,450 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event kicked off on Saturday as 215 players took to the felt in the first of two starting flights. After six 90-minute levels of play, the field had been reduced to 115 with Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and his stack of 234,850 leading the way.

It didn’t take long for things to heat up at the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France; in fact, in Level 1 there was a hand that had the whole tournament floor talking. "It's nuts, nuts and a flush draw," Jean-Robert Bellande said from a nearby table. "Two guys have the nuts and one has top pair and a flush draw... with one to come."

The board read {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and three hands were face up on the felt. Henry Tran held the {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for top pair with a flush draw; Erik Cajelais held the {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a turned nut straight; and Brandon Barnes held the {6-Spades}{5-Hearts} for the same turned straight. "Club!" yelled Tran before the put out the{5-Clubs}. Cajelais was not happy at all, and he got up from his chair and quickly stormed out of the room while Barnes left more quietly. Tran had them both covered and has catapulted to over 90,000, which carried him to the end of the night where he bagged up 118,750.

Another big hand happened early on and set the stage for Mizrachi. Shortly after taking his seat, we came upon a Mizrachi hand with 23,000 already pulled into the middle with a board reading {7-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. The Grinder had his remaining chips in front of him, and Konstantinos Mamaliadis made the call.

Mamaliadis: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}
Mizrachi: {8-Spades}{6-Clubs}

Mizrachi was in the lead with a turned two pair, which held when the {5-Diamonds} blanked on the river. With that, Mizrachi doubled to 56,000 and never looked back.

Not everyone was as fortunate as Mizrachi. Among those to hit the rail on Day 1a were Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Nam Le, Tobias Reinkemeier, Fabrice Soulier, Victor Ramdin, Jennifer Tilly, Will Failla, Chris Moorman, Jeff Lisandro, Frank Kassela and Vanessa Selbst.

With that said, quite a few notables managed to punch their ticket to Day 2 including JC Alvarado (180,675), Sergil Baranov (152,000), Martial Blangenwitsch (129,800), Dan Shak (100,875), Philipp Gruissem (90,500), Steve O’Dwyer (89,000), Prosper Masquelier (70,450), Matt Stout (61,650) and Phil Ivey (55,000), just to name a few.

Day 1b action is set to kick off at 12:00 CET on Saturday, so be sure to join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations from the second starting flight of the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event.

Tagit: Michael Mizrachi

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

Michael Mizrachi us 234,850
JC Alvarado mx 180,675
Stephane Girault 172,850 172,850
Sergii Baranov ua 152,000
Martial Blangenwitsch fr 129,800
Denis Biscaldi 122,625
Michael Moise Kolkowicz 122,150
Henry Tran ca 118,750
Dan Smith us 110,525 65,525
Joao Barbosa pt 101,925 3,925
Jean-Noel Thorel fr 101,000 5,000
Dan Shak us 100,875
Gaetan Balleur fr 99,000
Herve Clerc 98,500
[Removed:138] 91,175
Philipp Gruissem de 90,500
Steve O'Dwyer ie 89,000
Joe Kuether us 88,200 -500
Salman Behbehani us 86,900 56,900
Gael Duchesne 86,125 -15,875
Stephan Gerin fr 86,000
McLean Karr us 85,975 55,975
Joe McGowan 83,400
Elio Fox us 83,025 18,025
Sam Cohen us 80,725

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Bagging and Tagging

• Taso 6: 250-500, 50 ante

All tables have finished up with their final six hands of play and the players are bagging up their chips for the night. A recap of the day will be posted shortly.

Bedell's Flush Bests Mizrachi's Straight

Tom Bedell fired 3,100 on the {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop, and Phil Ivey folded. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi made the call, then the dealer dealt the {Q-Clubs} on the turn. Bedell bet 4,500, and Mizrachi snap-called.

The river was the {4-Spades}, and Bedell checked. Mizrachi fired 25,000, and Bedell made the call. Mizrachi showed the {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}, but Bedell's {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for the flush proved to be the winning hand.

Michael Mizrachi us 242,000 -53,000
Tom Bedell no 106,000

Tagit: Michael MizrachiTom Bedell

Six More Hands

• Taso 6: 250-500, 50 ante

The tournament officials have just announced to the field that each table will play out six more hands before the players bag and tag their chips for the night.

Mizrachi Having a Party

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

No, that's not a typo, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi has nearly 300,000 in chips. He just busted Vanessa Selbst in unknown action and seems to be having quite a party at his table. We would be, too, if we had nearly ten times the amount of chips we started with.

Michael Mizrachi us 295,000 105,000
Vanessa Selbst us Ulkona

Tagit: Michael MizrachiVanessa Selbst

Kassela Eliminated Courtesy of Kravchenko

Frank Kassela
Frank Kassela

Aleander Kravchenko checked the {5-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop from the big blind and watched Frank Kassela bet 1,900 from middle position. Kravchenko then woke up with a check-raise to 15,000, and Kassela reluctantly called off for about 8,500 total.

Kravchenko: {Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Kassela: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}

"Deuce," Kassela said with a chuckle when he saw Kravchenko's hand. While the Russian was ahead, Kassela was drawing live; that is until the {2-Diamonds} spiked on the turn. "Good game guys," the 2010 World Series of Poker Player of the Year said. The {J-Diamonds} was put out on the river and Kassela took his leave late on Day 1a.

Alex Kravchenko ru 65,000
Frank Kassela us Ulkona

Tagit: Frank KasselaAlexander Kravchenko

Thorel Doubles Through Tran

We're not sure of the preflop action, but we do know that both Jean-Noel Thorel and Henry Tran put in 7,000 and saw a flop of {6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts}, which they both checked. When the {A-Spades} hit the turn, Tran checked, Thorel bet 8,000, and Tran check-raised to 28,000. Thorel moved all in for around 40,000 total and Tran made the call.

Thorel: {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Tran: {K-Spades}{10-Spades}

Thorel got it in good with a set, but Tran did hold a flush draw. Fortunately for Thorel, the {8-Clubs} was harmless and he doubled big in the last half hour of the night.

Henry Tran ca 95,000 -40,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr 90,000 54,000

Tagit: Jean-Noel ThorelHenry Tran