Rheem, Mizrachis in Contention at WPT Cyprus

Chino Rheem
Chino Rheem.

Two Day 1s are complete at the World Poker Tour stop in Cyprus with notable names Chino Rheem, Robert Mizrachi and Michael Mizrachi all in good shape heading into Day 2.

Rheem, the former November Niner, Epic Poker League winner and famed debtor, soared to the outright lead during his Day 1b flight today and stacked up a massive 291,500 in chips.

Rheem will lead the 132 survivors from the Day 1s into the merged field and Day 2 play tomorrow.

Robert Mizrachi, known to most as "Bro Grinder" thanks to the looming presence of his brother Michael, also had a great day at the felt and bagged up 158,300 to sit himself comportably in the top 10.

The aforementioned brother, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who happens to be one of the best tournament players of all time, also made it through the day but with a more modest stack of 54,300.

Another two Mizrachi brothers - Eric and Donnie - made the trip to Cyprus as well but both failed to make it through to Day 2.

Pantaleo, Nitsche and Finger Lead German Contingent

Given the relative remoteness of Cyprus the 329-player field managed to draw several big names from around the globe.

Three Germans in particular have seen some success in the field with Giuseppe Pantaleo (191,300), Dominik Nitsche (90,000) and Martin Finger (25,800) all making it into Day 2.

Joining them with be other notables Sam El Sayed (214,300), Kelly Kim (92,200), Aubin Cazals (54,700) and 2012 WSOP Main Event bubble girl Gaelle Baumann (26,500).

Notables making an appearance but busting out on either Day 1a or 1b were Chris Moorman, Tommy Vedes and Dan "Jungleman12" Cates.

Including re-entries, a total prize pool of $1,212,694 was created with the payouts listed below:

Giuseppe Pantaleo
Giuseppe Pantaleo
  • 1. $287,784 (inlcuding a $25,500 WPT Championship Seat)
  • 2. $184,020
  • 3. $118,360
  • 4. $87,610
  • 5. $65,770
  • 6. $52,590
  • 7. $43,690
  • 8. $35,020
  • 9. $26,240
  • 10-12th. $19,110
  • 13th-15th. $15,670
  • 16th-18th. $13,420
  • 19th-21st. $11,750
  • 22nd-24th. $10,450
  • 25th-27th. $9,260
  • 28th-36th. $8,070

Day 2 action picks up tomorrow at 1 pm from Cyprus; follow the action with the WPT Live Updates team here.

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