Grinder, Grafton Blast to Top on EPT Berlin Day 1b

Michael Mizrachi
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi

A big and talented field turned out for Day 1b at EPT Berlin today with one of the more unexpected participants - Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi - leaving with the chip lead.

Mizrachi, who doesn't make the trip to Europe for EPT events very often, made the most of his appearance by bagging up 175,400 for the biggest Day 1b stack.

In typical Mizrachi fashion, much of it came from a big move in a single level. Getting it all in with aces against kings and tens, Mizrachi held to jump up among the chip leaders and he'd stay there for the rest of the day.

Grafton, Mizzi, Selbst Among the Chasers

With an impressive 565-player turnout, Day 1b was stacked with notables.

Brit Sam Grafton, in the midst of a career year in poker, was one of them and he made the most of his day. Grafton used a runner-runner flush to knock out an opponent in level 4 and kept his momentum through the end of the day to bag up 135,900.

Good day for Grafton.

Sorel Mizzi (119,500), Vanessa Selbst (94,800), JC Alvarado (90,400), Kitty Kuo (85,000) and German favorite Tobias Reinkemeier (81,100) also finished Day 1b in good spirits.

The list of recognizable names to survive the day is long and includes Theo Jorgensen, Jake Cody, Mickey Petersen, Benny Spindler, Bryn Kenney and Marvin Rettenmaier.

The top 10 in chips after Day 1b:

  • 1. Michael Mizrachi 175,400
  • 2. Robin Ylitalo 172,800
  • 3. Daniel Reijmer 162,600
  • 4. Eddy Maksoud 161,500
  • 5. Georgio Zisimopoulos 157,700
  • 6. George Clyde-Smith 142,000
  • 7. Jonathan Bensadoun 136,000
  • 8. Sam Grafton 135,900
  • 9. Rameev Sergey 135,000
  • 10. Samir Merah 132,800

Day 1a chip leader Ronny Voth will be the overall leader heading into Day 2 tomorrow with 196,100. Day 2 action starts at 12 pm local time (6 am ET) with live streaming from the feature table available shortly after right here on

Follow along with live updates on the PokerStars blog. With a total of 912 entries, first-place prize will be a solid €880,000.

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