Giannetti Contending as Partouche Hits Day 2

Matt Giannetti
Matt Giannetti

Day 2 play is underway at the Partouche Poker Tour main event in Cannes, France and 2011 November Niner Matt Giannetti is nearing the top of the chip counts.

With two levels down today Giannetti now sits at 197,000 in chips – 7th overall and trailing only a few similarly stacked players and the 350k stack of Juan Maceiras, who currently holds the chip lead.

One of two November Niners to make the trip to Cannes (along with Phil Collins), Giannetti told the Partouche Tour blog it was an important part of his preparation for the upcoming WSOP final table:

“Definitely for me because I’ve mainly played cash games. I’ve been playing all Omaha for the last two months.

“This is my first hands of No-Limit since the final table, so I’m going to be playing quite a few tournaments in the next month and a half or so, trying to get back to the tournament No-Limit mode.”

“This is definitely something I had to do to prepare.”

A total of 579 players paid the €8,500 buy-in in Cannes this year with the field now reduced to 322 to start Day 2.

Among them are still several big names in the world of poker, all angling for a shot at the €1 million prize for first.

Surviving Day 1b play were Olivier Busquet (113,000 in chips), Freddy Deeb (108,600), Tobias Reinkemeïer (99,100), Jason Mercier (68,400), Dan "Jungleman12" Cates (64,700) and Sam Trickett (63,300).

Eliminated on Day 1b were Jake Cody, Almira Skripchenko, Michael Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, Joseph Cheong, Phil Laak, David Williams, Fabrice Soulier, Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Jennifer Tilly, Leo Margets and Matt Waxman.

Making it through Day 1b but eliminated early on Day 2 were Antonio Esfandiari, Chino Rheem and Vanessa Selbst.

Follow along with the Partouche live blog here (in French) and find updated chip counts here.

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