EPT Belrin Main Event: Michael "The Grinder" MIzrachi Leads After Day 1A
Posted at 18:00 2014-08-22 by PokerNetwork Staff
The €5,300 Main Event of 100th European Poker Tour (EPT) stop got underway today at the Season 11 Barcelona Poker Festival held at Casino Barcelona.
Day 1A attracted an impressive 475 entrants and a fearsome array of talent including Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden, Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Selbst, Jan Heitmann, Alex Kravchenko, and, playing on her home turf, Leo Margets.
At the end of eight 75-minute levels of play, 279 survived to return for Day 2, and it was Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi who ended the day as the chip leader, bagging up 186,600. That's more than six times the 30,000-chip starting stack, and Mizrachi was very busy at work all day.
Mizrachi more than lived up to his reputation. Seemingly involved in every pot, he consistently outwitted and out-flopped his opponents throughout the day to accumulate his stack — at one point, he even flopped quads. When he is focused and catching cards, there are few players who can compete with a stacked Mizrachi, but that's exactly what everyone will have to deal with moving forward.
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