Sam Grafton Leads partypoker MILLIONS Main Event After Bubble Bursts on Day 2

KENNY HALLAERT AND CHARLIE CARREL BOTH FINISH THE DAY IN TOP TEN

British poker pro Sam Grafton hovered at the top of the chipcounts for much of the latter part of Day 2

After a dramatic day at the Rozvadov felt, there were 57 players remaining in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Main Event, with British pro Sam Grafton (26,950,000) leading the way from a field of talented players, such as nearest challenger, Hungarian player Jozsef Liszkovics (22,075,000) who battled for the chip lead in the room until the very last hand.

BIG FIELD CUT DOWN TO SIZE

With 160 players returning to Day 2 action after alk the Day 1s combined together, some late entries added themselves into the reckoning for a chunk of the €5,000,000 prizepool on offer at King’s Casino in Rozvadov.

With players such as the recent Super High Roller champion Michael Chi Zhang (below) taking part, it was always going to be a day of massive action on the border between Germany and Czech Republic.

Michael Chi Zhang was back in action during his phenomenal August

BIG NAMES RISE AND FALL

There were always going to be plenty of casualties on a day where the field was reduced from 160 hopefuls to 57 players who join the 15 online qualifiers to Day 3 at the live felt. One of the newest additions to the ever-growing partypoker Team Pro stable Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier made Day 3 with 2,955,000  after eliminating friend and former MILLIONS Main Event winner Maria Lampropoulos.

Elsewhere, players such as Jack Sinclair (4,825,000) survived but will be looking to improve their stack early on Day 3, while Kenny Hallaert (18,050,000) can feel delighted with the stack he put into the bag.

It would be Sam Grafton who would grab the overnight lead, however, after a bombastic day at the felt. Pressure, isolating plays, three-bets, four-bets and a commanding control over the bubble period all contributed to a stunning eight hours of poker for Grafton, who accumulated dozens of pots to prevail rather than one big hand, suggesting he has it all in his tank to push for a big victory on Sunday night if he can maintain his level of play. Put simply, he was brilliant today and will be the player others hope to avoid when the table draw is revealed.

BUBBLE DRAMA SEES 57 JOIN ONLINE QUALIFIERS IN DAY 3

As the bubble approached, some players sat hunched over small stacks, while others defiantly faced down the possibility of leaving empty-handed when everyone else in seats would win. Charlie Carrel fitted into the second camp, moving all-in with pocket deuces only to be called and put at risk by German player Christian Willax, who called with ace-queen.

A safe board would double Carrel up, however, and after nearly doubling his 7 million chips after that hand across the remaining 90 minutes of the day, his late rush will leave the prince of the high rollers hoping for a deep run to go even further on Day 3.

The eventual ‘bubble boy’ would be another German player, however, in Mauricio Pais. Pais held queen-jack and was called by Mustafa Biz and Jozsef Liszkovics, who both held off suit ace-three as their hand, and saw that hold up, giving Liszkovics just a few million short of Sam Grafton’s stack as the final chip counts were tallied up.

Top 10 Chip counts:

Position Player Chips
1st Sam Grafton 26,950,000
2nd Jozsef Liszkovics 22,075,000
3rd Markus Grewe 20,450,000
4th Kenny Hallaert 18,050,000
5th Thomas Boivin 15,825,000
6th Charlie Carrel 14,375,000
7th Vojtech Ruzicka 14,325,000
8th Martin Wassner 13,150,000
9th Christian Willax 12,650,000
10th Lukas Dragoun 10,825,000

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