€8,500 Cannes Main Event

After Dinner All-in Frenzy

Mizrachi: A force now with 65,000
Mizrachi: A force now with 65,000
Shortly after we returned from dinner break a short stack from early position moved all-in. He got value for his hand as three players called him including Michael Mizrachi.

The flop came {5-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {8-Clubs}. Two players checked (Mizrachi being the second one) before the third moved all in trying to force the others out. This didn't work, though, as both the other players moved all in behind him!

The short stack showed {K-?} {10-?}, the player who moved all in first had {A-?} {Q-?}, the next player to move in had {4-?} {4-?} and Mizrachi had {5-?} {5-?}.

The turn came {J-Hearts} and river {10-Clubs} to see Mizrachi scoop the 65,000 pot, eliminate one player and leave two players very short.

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Back in Action

The players are back in their seats, and the cards are in the air once again!

Dinner Time

The clock has been paused, and the players are taking a one-hour dinner break.

Huffing and Puffing

Roland de Wolfe
Roland de Wolfe
Roland de Wolfe cuts a frustrated figure at the moment. He doesn't seem to be able to get anything going today and his stack, currently at 12,700, highlights this. The most recent pot I witnessed saw him flop trip fours in a multi-way pot but he was forced to split as another player had also flopped trip fours. Dinner break is coming up soon so maybe a break will see him come back re-charged and ready to head in the right direction.

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A Poker Battle Indeed

Philippe Rouas
Philippe Rouas
We picked up the action in a big hand involving Philippe Rouas. On the river, the board read {2-Spades} {5-Spades} {9-Hearts} {6-Spades} {9-Spades}, and there were about 18,000 chips in the pot already. Rouas' lone opponent checked the action, and he moved all in for 4,575.

The opponent shook his head and muttered something to Rouas in his native French. Rouas replied in French before saying, "You gotta find out... I mean, come on, pay it." After several minutes, his opponent obliged him, reluctantly putting the call into the pot. Rouas said, "Nuts... nuts," as he calmly turned over his {A-Spades} {K-Hearts}. The other player moved his cards right in front of Rouas, and turned them over: {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades}.

Poker Battle founder and CEO Philippe Rouas has been a bit up and down today, and now he finds himself back over the starting mark, sitting with 27,000 chips.

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Heeeeeere's Ivey!

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey has just taken his seat inside the tournament room and was greeted by a circus of poker paparazzi and spectators. Within five minutes, Ivey had a boom mic above his head and the table was completely surrounded with photographers and tournament staff. A senior member of the tournament staff eventually ruled that the commotion was too disruptive and he clapped his hands twice and shooed everyone out of the area.

Ivey missed the first three levels of play, though at last count we had his vacant chair at 18,500 in chips, so he currently has about 46 big blinds to work with -- plenty for the man who many consider to be the best in the world. We'll keep you posted on his progress.

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Tournament Tidbits

Tiffany Michelle has been given a warning about standing up from her chair while in the middle of a hand.

Jean-Robert Bellande lost a floor decision when he opened up his hand, but did not intend to muck it. It crossed the betting line though, and was ruled dead.

Phil Ivey has still not made it to the Palm Beach Casino to take his seat.

It is still quite warm in the tournament room, and a lot of players are fanning themselves or leaving their seats between hands to stand near the small fans around the perimeter of the room.

Pascal Perrault has been eliminated from the field. Jean-Robert Bellande and David Williams still remain at his table though, sitting next to each other.

One of the other pro-laden tables in the room has just been broken, sending Noah Schwartz, Eric Mizrachi, and Theo Tran in opposite directions.

Rocket Boost

Davidi Kitai called a raise in the big blind from a player seated under the gun before the flop came down {6-Hearts} {6-Clubs} {J-Clubs}. Kitai then check-raised a 500 bet up to 1,500.

The call was made so the turn came {3-Spades}. This time Kitai led out for a 2,500 bet that his opponent called after a moment of thought.

The river brought a {4-Hearts} before Kitai made a final bet of 5,500. His opponent didn't seem to like it but he made the call anyway with {J-Spades} {9-Spades}. Kitai's {A-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} was good for the pot though and it sends him back in the right direction with 34,000.

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Cassidy Gets Even

Joe Cassidy has just eliminated an opponent from the tournament after making a 1,500 bet on a board of {4-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {6-Spades} {2-Clubs} which put his opponent all in. His opponent reluctantly tossed his last 1,050 into the middle and turned over {A-Clubs} {7-Diamonds}, putting his tournament life on the line with flush and gutshot straight draws; Cassidy tabled the {6-Hearts} {4-Hearts} for two pair.

A red nine on the river was a safe card for Joe, who stacked up ~18,000 after the hand.

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