€8,500 Cannes Main Event

Williams Blasts Two with Aces

David Williams
David Williams
David Williams just took down a monster three-way pot holding pocket aces against his opponents' A-K and K-K. All all of the money went in pre-flop and Williams spiked the overkill case ace on the river to win the hand and now sits with 118,000 in chips which vaults him into our top five:

[Removed:133] - 155,000
David Williams - 118,000
Michael Mizrachi - 117,000
Robert Mizrachi - 110,000
Rafe Furst - 91,000

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What a Biechel

Remy Biechel
Remy Biechel
A player in second position made a raise to 2,350 before Remy Biechel, in the next seat, re-raised to 5,000. It was folded around to the original raiser who made the call.

The flop came {9-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} {4-Hearts} and Biechel bet 9,475 once it was checked to him. This was promptly raised up to 22,000, only a few thousand less than Biechel had behind. Biechel moved all in and his opponent made the obligatory call.

Biechel revealed {Q-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} but was in need of help as his opponent had {9-Clubs} {9-Spades}. The turn came {5-Clubs} and river {6-Clubs} to seal Biechel's fate and he left the table after embracing his victorious adversary.

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A Furst Time For Everything

Rafe Furst
Rafe Furst
In early position, a player limps into the pot for 400 chips, only to see a raise from Rafe Furst behind him. He makes the call, and the two men see the flop roll out {10-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {5-Diamonds}. Action passes to Furst, who makes a continuation bet of 2,000. His opponent check-raises to 8,000, drawing a re-raise from Furst, who pushes out a total of 18,000 chips. Without much delay, the culprit moves all in over the top of Furst, having him covered by a few thousand.

Rafe Furst goes deep into the tank, fidgeting in his chair with a smug look on his face. He pries for a little info, inquiring about the nationality of his opponent, who is French-American. "I have a big hand... Flush draw, huh?"

"Maybe," says his opponent, with a slight smirk.

The clock is called on Furst, and he is told he has one minute left to act. After just 10 or 15 seconds though, Furst grabs his remaining chips and slides them forward with both hands, turning over {8-Hearts} {8-Spades} for middle set. "Good read," says his opponent, tabling {A-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds}. The drama ends quickly as the {5-Spades} falls on fourth street, making Furst a boat and leaving the other player drawing completely dead to the river, which was a meaningless {3-Spades}.

Furst has been slow and steady today, and that big pot doubles him all the way up to 86,000 chips.

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Not So Lacay

The look says it all
The look says it all
Ludovic Lucay had been struggling with a four-figure stack for what seems like the whole day. Every time I passed by he gave me the same glum look that told me everything I needed to know about what a struggle his day had been.

Coming back from break with around 5,000 he had few moves left. When he found A-10 suited he deemed it worthy of committing his stack in an attempt to double up and try to get back in this. Unfortunately for him an opponent with a much larger stack woke up with A-K and called. It held up and Lucay wandered off to the bar.

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Play Resumes

The cards are back in the air.

This Just In...

Just before the break, Robert Mizrachi took down a monster pot, and while we don't have the details of the hand, we can tell you that he now sits with right around 100,000 in chips.

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One More Break

The tournament clock has been paused while the players take their final 15-minute break of the evening.

Ladies Kind to Schoenberg

Erica Schoenberg
Erica Schoenberg
Erica Schoenberg has been quiet much of the day, but she found herself involved in a big pot just moments ago.

When the river rolled around, the board read {8-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds} {8-Spades} {2-Hearts}. The first player to act checked, and Schoenberg put out a bet of 6,000, about half the pot. Her opponent tanked for several minutes, counting out his stack and shooting an eye over at the pro while a crowd of video cameras and boom microphones gathered around.

"If I fold, do you show?" asked the active player. Schoenberg smiled coyly and shook her head slowly. Won over by curiosity, the player finally committed to the call as Schoenberg tabled {Q-Spades} {Q-Clubs}, using her lady friends to win the pot with a big full house. After dragging in that pot, she is up to about 34,000 in chips.

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Ivey Ousted

Due to the circus continually surrounding Phil Ivey's table it was hard to get close enough to determine the full action. A helpful floor person and a player filled us in on what they are pretty sure happened.

Phil Ivey and two other players saw a flop after a late-position raise. It came down {2-?} {3-?} {6-?} before the preflop aggressor made a continuation bet. Another player raised before Ivey moved all-in. The aggressor passed but the other player called.

Ivey showed {3-?} {3-?} for a flopped set but his opponent had {4-?} {5-?} for a flopped straight. The turn {K-?} and river {8-?} changed nothing and Ivey is eliminated after playing very few hands today, despite being well into level six.

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