Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 1b completed

None Other Than Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier Leads After Day 1b

• Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

The second starting day of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event drew a crowd of 205 players, bringing the total for this event to 420. Just 115 players survived the day with none other than Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on top. These players will meet with the 115 that survived Day 1a, and a total of 230 will see poker action on Day 2.

Like in every tournament here in Cannes during the WSOPE, the tables were filled with top poker professionals. Two of those from France had very short days as both Guillaume Darcourt and Roger Hairabedian were eliminated quickly. Hairabedian has no reason to complain though, as he won the €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha and finished third in the €10,000 Mix Max earlier this week.

Marvin Rettenmaier, John Tabatabai and Marc Convey also didn't last long. The latter made his WSOPE debut, but could not get anything going. A turned set ran into Bruno Fitoussi's turned flush, and Kristijonas Andrulis hit a gut shot straight against Convey's flopped set. Jon Aguiar and Brandon Cantu played till late last night in the finals of the €10,000 Mix Max, and both players entered the Main Event today. It didn't work out for either of them, however, and they will get back at it tomorrow in their heads-up match. You can follow all that action here.

Arnaud Mattern is a feature a the WSOPE every year, and once again he showed off his skills. The former EPT Prague winner has cashed in the Main Event in the previous three years, but he's not going to add a fourth. Timothy Adams won the $2,500 4-Max during the 2012 WSOP, and he had a great starting day. He finished the day with 134,475, and that was a lot more than what his buddy and WSOPE bracelet winner Tristan Wade (33,075) finished with.

Daniel Negreanu was singing and winning on Day 1B as his stack kept rising. After getting Ilan Boujenah to fold a set he seemed in full control. Later he busted Brandon Adams with a flush versus a set of eights, and Negreanu ended the day with 137,500. You can have a good day like Negreanu, but that doesn't mean you're going to beat Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on the leader board. The French superstar closed out the day with 190,400 and is the tournament chip leader. Daniel Weinman is in second with 169,000 and also Phil Hellmuth cracked the top 10 with 116,150.

Play will resume tomorrow at 12:00 PM GMT, make sure to tune back into PokerNews as we bring ou all the action from the Majestic Barrieré in Cannes, France.

Tags: Arnaud MatternBertrand GrospellierBrandon AdamsDaniel NegreanuGuillaume DarcourtIlan BoujenahMarc ConveyRoger HairabedianTimothy AdamsTristan Wade

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Bertrand Grospellier fr 190,400 4,400
Roberto Romanello gb 176,275 80,275
Daniel Weinman us 169,000 71,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 137,500 7,500
Timothy Adams ca 134,475 26,475
Phil Hellmuth us 116,150 36,150
Vladislav Varlashin 112,550 -24,450
Chino Rheem us 109,700 28,700
Philippe Boucher ca 107,800 41,800
Eugene Katchalov ua 103,500 3,500
Sergey Baburin ru 101,400
Liv Boeree gb 94,650
Bryn Kenney us 90,100 31,100
Sam Trickett gb 90,100 36,100
Kitty Kuo tw 89,475
Ognjen Sekularac rs 85,575 575
Robert Buckenmayer us 82,500
Russell Thomas us 82,050 42,050
Mathew Frankland gb 81,625
Arthur Claudet 79,825
Keven Stammen us 78,550 24,550
Tobias Reinkemeier de 77,750 -6,250
Barbara Martinez fr 77,125 9,125
Steve Dannenmann us 75,125 19,125
Julien Lefebvre 74,925 -5,075

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Boeree and Griffin Clash in the Dying Seconds

The night was almost over, but not for Liv Boeree and Ashton Griffin. The latter was nowhere to be found, and Boeree explained what had happened on the third to last hand of the night.

Boeree raised to 1,200 with {A-}{K-} and Andrey Gulyy called in position. Griffin three-bet to 5,200 from the big blind after which only Boeree called. The flop brought out {K-}{9-}{6-} with one heart. Griffin bet 5,000, Boeree called.

On the turn the {A-Hearts} hit and Griffin moved all in for 25,000 chips. Boeree called with top two pair, and Griffin showed {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. Boeree was close to ending the day as the chip leader, but the {10-Hearts} hit on the river. Griffin won a big pot, and left the tournament room.

Liv Boeree gb 94,650 41,650
Ashton Griffin us 80,000 68,000

Tags: Ashton GriffinLiv Boeree

Ace on the River Puts an End to an October Niner

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October Niner Steven Gee got his last 8,000 or so in preflop and was racing against Phil Hellmuth.

Showdown
Hellmuth: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Gee: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}

"That's a good flop for you," Hellmuth said after the dealer put out the {3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades}. "That's a good turn too," he added when the {2-Spades} turned. Gee was on his feet and just needed to dodge an ace and queen on the river. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {A-Diamonds}. With that, Gee's pursuit of a bracelet will have to wait until the Main Event final table at the end of October.

Steven Gee us Busted

Tags: Steven GeePhil Hellmuth

Six More Hands

• Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

The remaining players will play six more hands before play is done for today.

Sanioglu Gives Up Big Pot to Nguyen's Shove

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There was already 50,000 in the pot and a board reading {10-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{6-Spades} when we picked up the action. Ekrem Sanioglu had bet 10,000 from the small blind only to have Tianna Nguyen move all in for 12,450 more.

Sanioglu was in the tank for a few minutes and knew a call would cost him most of his chips. Eventually he showed {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and folded. Nguyen did not show.

Tianna Nguyen 73,000
Ekrem Sanioglu fr 14,000

Tags: Ekrem SaniogluTianna Nguyen

The Payouts!

• Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante
PlaceName
1€1,022,376
2€632,592
3€423,360
4€292,320
5€207,648
6€149,184
7€108,864
8€84,672
9-10€66,528
11-12€52,416
13-14€40,320
15-16€32,256
17-24€26,611
25-32€22,982
33-40€21,250
41-48€20,150

Trickett Makes Big River Bet

• Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

Jason Mercier raised to 1,000 and was called by the cutoff and Sam Trickett from the big blind.

The flop was {4-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and Trickett led out for 2,000. Mercier called and the cutoff folded. Fourth street brought the {K-Clubs} and Trickett took about thirty seconds before checking. Mercier checked behind.

The {5-Hearts} paired the board on the river and Trickett fired a rather large bet of 16,000. Mercier was confused by the size of the bet and began talking the hand out.

"Why did you check the turn?" asked Mercier.

"I can't tell you things like that," replied Trickett.

"It doesn't make sense," said Mercier. "I've got to figure out how you have anything....King-seven? King-six?"

Trickett's only response was a smile.

"This is so dumb," said Mercier as he finally released his hand. The pot was awarded to Trickett who, despite other at the table asking, did not show his hand.

Tags: Sam TrickettJason Mercier

Win a Trip to Manchester United vs Braga Thanks to PartyPoker

[user68268] • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

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The lucky winner of this promotion will receive two tickets to the match, travel expenses and Legendary Treble Suite hospitality.

In order to have a chance at getting your hands on this fantastic prize, all you have to do is share a screenshot of a poker hand on the PokerNews Facebook Page. Really, it's that simple.

Play poker at a real-money table on PartyPoker during September 24 and October 7, 2012, and be prepared to take a screenshot of anything you think may be interesting. If you are involved in a hand that is a huge cooler, then take a screenshot of it. Have you just witnessed a horrible bad beat? Then share it with the world. The owner of the screenshot with the most likes will win the package.

All we ask is that the screen shot be at least 800x600 in resolution and that it has all of the core elements — username and hand number — recognizable, that the action the screenshot is portraying takes place between September 24 and October 7 and that the screenshot is genuine and has not been altered regarding its content. Only the player who played the hand in the screenshot is allowed to share the picture and therefore eligible for the prize.

PokerNews would like to wish you all the very best of luck and we cannot wait to see the images that you submit!

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