€8,500 Cannes Main Event

Double or Nothing for Abecassis

For the second hand in a row, Raul Paez opened with a raise, this time making it 75,000 to play from under the gun. Next to act was Michael Abecassis, and he moved all in for an additional 244,000. Action passed around the table, and Paez made the call, putting his opponent at risk of elimination.

Paez: {A-Spades} {Q-Hearts}
Abecassis: {7-Spades} {7-Hearts}

Off to the races. The dealer dealt out the community cards: {8-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {6-Spades}. Paez failed to catch any of his cards, and he gives the majority of his chips to Abecassis, leaving himself just 95,000 chips to play with.

Tags: Michael AbecassisRaul Paez


Five and Five or Ten Handed?

The twelve remaining players are getting anxious to know what the deal is when they get down to ten players. Will they play two tables of five or one full table of ten? The floor staff haven't been able to enlighten them either. They have the 'we'll cross that bridge when we get to it' attitude.

Thierry Crenn Eliminated in 13th Place ($34,953)

Thierry Crenn
Thierry Crenn
We're down to 12 players now as Stephane Bazin has recently eliminated Thierry Crenn up on the feature table.

All of the money went in preflop, Bazin's with pocket aces and Crenn's with pocket jacks.

The {5-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {A-Spades} flop hit Bazin hard, giving him top set, subsequently leaving Crenn drawing to running jacks.

Amazingly, one of them came on the turn giving Crenn a small glimmer of hope with one card to come, but that card was the {2-Diamonds} and Crenn was sent home in 13th place.

Tags: Thierry Crenn

Dar-courting Danger

Guillaume Darcourt has been moving all in at least once per orbit with a significant amount of chips, never getting any action. Finally, in his most recent shove, he got a call from short stack Philippe Narboni in the blind, holding {A-Hearts} {K-Hearts}. Darcourt tabled {9-Spades} {9-Hearts} and was off to the races, with his opponent in danger of being eliminated.

The flop was pretty decent for Narboni, coming {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} {10-Clubs}. The {10-Diamonds} on fourth street ended the hand, as his full house was unbeatable. Darcourt granted a courtesy double up to Narboni, and was knocked down to about 200,000. He would, however, double back up just a few hands later.

Tags: Guillaume DarcourtPhilippe Narboni

Michael Mizrachi Eliminated in 14th Place ($34,953)

Michael Mizrachi - Eliminated
Michael Mizrachi - Eliminated
From the cutoff seat, Michael Mizrachi put in a raise holding {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}. Two players folded, and Stephane Bazin looked down at {7-Spades} {8-Spades} and opted to re-raise, putting Mizrachi to a decision for all of his chips. Grinder, of course, made the call and held the lead through the turn as the board filled out {7-Clubs} {3-Diamonds} {9-Spades} {4-Clubs}.

Grinder then stepped away from the table and put his hat over his eyes, not wanting to watch the river.

The room erupted when the dealer placed the {8-Hearts} on the river, making Bazin the winning two pair. Michael follows his older brother Robert out the door in back-to-back Mizrachi eliminations.

Coincidentally, the Mizrachi brothers were also the last remaining Poker Battle Warriors eliminated from the Cannes Main Event.

Tags: Michael MizrachiStephane Bazin

Tapis, Guillaume

Guillaume Darcourt has moved all in before the flop on the last three consecutive hands, and has won the blinds and antes each time.

In the most recent of those shoves, he pushed 382,000 chips out, and action folded around to Raul Paez. He open-mucked his {9-?} {9-?}, prompting Darcourt to show the table his {Q-?} {Q-?}. He has now chipped up to about 420,000.

Tags: Guillaume DarcourtRaul Paez

Action Flop, Big Pot

Raul Paez started things with a raise to 55,000 under the gun. Action passed around to the cutoff seat, where Alain Roy made the call. The rest of the table folded, and it was heads up to the flop.

The dealer spread out what would become an action flop: {6-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {2-Diamonds}. Paez continued out with 68,000 chips, which Roy flat-called.

The fourth card off was the {9-Spades}. Paez kept the heat on with another bet, this time moving 175,000 of his chips. Roy wasn't going anywhere. He moved all in for an additional 355,000. Paez eventually made the call, revealing his {Q-Hearts} {K-Clubs}. He would soon see that he was drawing dead, as Roy tabled the winning {2-Hearts} {2-Spades}, having flopped bottom set versus his opponent's top pair.

In winning that big pot, Alain Roy has doubled up to 1,350,000, while Paez has been knocked back to around 600,000.

Tags: Alain RoyRaul Paez

The Grinder Doubles

Michael Mizrachi got all his chips in preflop holding {9-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} and found himself in good shape versus the {K-Clubs} {9-Spades} of Stephane Bazin. The board came {8-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {A-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds}, locking up a double up for The Grinder. He has bumped himself back up over the 400,000 mark.

Tags: Michael MizrachiStephane Bazin

Cards In the Air

Play has resumed. We will play on until we find six more eliminations, setting the final table of eight for tomorrow.