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Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Comes to an End with Baranov Leading Final 77

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Sergii Baranov
Sergii Baranov

The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event continued on Monday with Day 2 action from the Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France. The remaining 230 from a 420-player field returned for another six levels of play, and by the end of the night just 77 remained with Sergii Baranov and his stack of 607,000 leading the way.

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi began the day as the chip leader (234,850), and held a significant lead over his next closest competitor, Day 1b chip leader Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier. Neither player was lacking in experience nor success, but their Day 2s couldn't have been more opposite.

While Grospellier played a patient game and slowly accumulated chips throughout the day, eventually bagging up 326,700, Mizrachi went the opposite direction. The Grinder played a loose-aggressive game and his chip stack reflected that as it went for a wild up-and-down ride as described by Daniel Negreanu on Twitter. It soon became apparent that Mizrachi was taking one step forward and two steps back, and eventually it caught up with him and he was eliminated in Level 11.

Others who joined Mizrachi on the rail throughout the day were Vanessa Rousso, Joe Hachem, Faraz Jaka, Harrison Gimbel, Steve O’Dwyer, Greg Merson, Mike “Tmex” McDonald, Tristan Wade, Phil Ivey, Scotty Nguyen, Roberto Romanello, Antonio Esfandiari and McLean Karr, just to name a few.

While there were scores of eliminations, a handful of notables managed to survive the day. Former November Niner Joseph Cheong; 2009 WSOP Europe runner-up Daniel Negreanu; 12-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth; October Nine chip leader Jesse Sylvia; recent WCOOP winner Jason Mercier; and the defending champ, Elio Fox, are just a few of the pros who’ll be returning to action on Day 3.

Here’s a look at the top ten End-of-Day-2 chip counts:

2012 WSOP Europe End-of-Day-2 Top Ten Counts

1Sergii Baranov607,000
2Axel Pergolizzi419,400
3Vladimir Troyanovskiy375,100
4Phil Hellmuth364,900
5Maxime Conte342,300
6Lifeng Chen340,500
7Huichen Kuo339,950
8Max Silver333,600
9Joseph Cheong328,400
10Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier326,700

Another six 90-minute levels are scheduled for Day 3 on Tuesday as the remaining 80 players look to make the money at the top 48. Play is scheduled to kick off at 12:00 PM local time, and of course PokerNews will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event.

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Sergii Baranov ua 607,000 382,000
Axel Pergolizzi FR 419,400 375,625
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 375,100 157,100
Phil Hellmuth us 364,900 248,750
Maxime Conte FR 342,300 281,825
Lifeng Chen CN 340,500 305,550
Kitty Kuo tw 339,950 250,475
Max Silver gb 333,600 281,625
Joseph Cheong us 328,400 276,525
Bertrand Grospellier fr 326,700 136,300
Curt Kohlberg us 298,500 250,175
Daniel Negreanu ca 290,000 152,500
Dan Smith us 274,300 204,300
Nicolas Cieutat FR 266,500 146,500
Toby Lewis gb 247,700 221,900
Christopher Brammer gb 246,300 11,300
Philipp Gruissem de 235,000 100,000
Kristijonas Andrulis lt 221,200 179,075
Timothy Reilly us 217,800 179,450
Timothy Adams ca 214,000 79,525
Jesse Sylvia us 209,000 178,650
Vadzim Markushevski BY 207,300 173,850
JC Alvarado mx 206,700 58,700
Kyle Julius us 205,300 178,300
David Benyamine fr 201,500 143,200

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Thomas Gets Aces Cracked; Eliminated a Few Hands Later


We caught up to find major commotion on the tournament floor with people yelling and going crazy.

The board read {7-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{9-Spades} and October Niner Russell Thomas moved Timothy Reilly all in. Reilly tanked for about two minutes before finally calling with {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. Thomas was ahead, however, as he held {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}.

The dealer tapped the table and produced a miracle river for Reilly - the {K-Spades}.

Thomas slammed the table and stormed away as a vast majority of his stack was pushed across the table to Reilly. Thomas was eliminated a few hands later.

Timothy Reilly us 220,000 75,000
Russell Thomas us Busted

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Cohen Picks One Up

donpeters • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

From the cutoff seat, Jason Mercier raised to 4,000. Sam Cohen reraised to 11,700 from the small blind, and Mercier called.

The flop came down {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, and Cohen bet 12,700. Mercier folded, and Cohen picked up the pot.

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