Mizrachis, Antonius Charge into Partouche Day 2

Michael Mizrachi
The Grinder: In the top 10 yet again.

A healthy Partouche Poker main-event field has been pared down to under 300 players with two Mizrachis and one Patrik Antonius highlighting the field heading into Day 2.

With two day 1s drawing nearly 600 players plus reentries, an expected 1 million is now on the table for first.

Strong out of the gate in search of that 1 million are two of the Mizrachi brothers, Michael and Robert, who find themselves in the top 10 in chips to start Day 2.

After very solid Day 1bs today Robert will start the day in fifth overall with 161,400 while Michael will return with 144,800, good for eighth.

Both, however, will be chasing the chip leader from Day 1a, Marcello Marigliano, who bagged up 187,300 yesterday to grab the overall chip lead.

Antonius, a noteworthy presence in any tournament, also took a seat in Cannes today and will return for Day 2 with just under 90k in chips - well within striking distance of the leaders.

Notables Pepper the Field

Despite the draw of the ongoing WCOOP and WinStar River Poker Series in Oklahoma, dozens of notables still made the journey to Cannes to take part.

Players above 100k in chips and near the top of the counts heading into Day 2 include former November Niner Antoine Saout, Davidi Kitai, Tristan Clemencon, David Williams, Tobias Renkemeier, Vanessa Selbst and Robert Yong.

Also making a surprise appearance and bagging up just over 100k is Finn Thomas Wahlroos, a well known high-stakes player prone to disappearing from the poker scene for long stretches of time.

Thomas Wahlroos
Wahlroos sighting.

Some of the other notables surviving to see Day 2 include Justin Bonomo, Jonathan Duhamel, Pius Heinz, Sam Trickett, Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier and Weeds producer Matt Salsberg.

The top 10 and chip counts:

  • 1. Marcello Marigliano 187,300
  • 2. Kristijonas Andrulis 183600
  • 3. Johannes Van Til 179,500
  • 4. Anthony Pellerin 163,200
  • 5. Robert Mizrachi 161,400
  • 6. Edouards Rakuss 155,600
  • 7. Antoine Saout150,900
  • 8. Michael Mizrachi 144,800
  • 9. Benjamin Debard 143,300
  • 10. Gabriel Bitton 142,400

Check the complete chip counts here and follow along with the live updates (in French) on the Partouche live coverage page.

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