Sam Grafton Shines As partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event Hits The Money

partypokers MILLIONS Live Europe Main Event went from action-packed thrill-ride to snail-paced bubble last night – with Mauricio Pais eventually falling to give 57 players a €20,000 min cash, Sam Grafton leading the way at Kings Casino in Rozvadov…

By: Andrew Burnett

The ambitious €5million guarantee seemed unlikely at this time yesterday, but a late rush of entries to the €10,300 buy-in flagship tournament meant that they made it, with four players to spare!

Belgian pro and tournament director Kenny Hallaert was among the day two field, sharing stories and laughs with overnight chip leader Freddy Deeb

It wasn’t the best of days for partypoker’s team of pros, but Bertrand ElkY Grospelier managed to keep the red diamond flag flying as the live field battled their way down to the 57 in the money.

Team pro Ludovic Geilich jumped straight from his Main Event bustout into the €10k High Roller, and even found time for an amusing – and subtitled! – Scottish quiz with countryman Niall Farrell!

As for the snail’s pace referred to earlier, the bubble period saw some ridiculous tanking, prompting Simon Trumper to step in and call for hand-to-hand a few bustouts early, the clock time reduced from 30 seconds to just 20 for decisions.

It did the trick, and it was poor Mauricio Pais who would leave empty-handed – watching as firstly his jacks ran into kings and then this hand to send him to the rail…

Pais: Q♠ J♦
Liszkovics: A♠ 3♣
Biz: A♥ 3♠

Board: 10♣ 8♦ 6♦ 5♥ 10♥

Leading the way into day three is Aleks Dimitrov, who topped the online qualifiers over days one and two. Just behind sits England’s Sam Grafton, with countryman Charlie Carrel up among the leaders as well.

The good news for partypoker is that two of their leading lights will join team-mate ElkY for tomorrow’s play, Welsh Wizard Roberto Romanello and Dzmitry Urbanovich also making it through to the money via the online version, meaning a total of 72 players will return at noon.

Top 10 chip counts from live play:

1 Sam Grafton 26,950,000
2 Jozsef Liszkovics 22,075,000
3 Markus Grewe 20,450,000
4 Kenny Hallaert 18,050,000
5 Thomas Boivin 15,825,000
6 Charlie Carrel 14,375,000
7 Vojtech Ruzicka 14,325,000
8 Daniel Rezaei 13,680,000
9 Martin Wassner 13,150,000
10 Christian Willax 12,650,000

 

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