EPT8 Deauville: Graydon pushing back into contention

February 06, 2012


Mick ‘BIGMICKG’ Graydon told us last night that he felt that he wasn’t too concerned about starting the day in last place as he rated his own short stack game. So far he’s backing up that claim. The Irishman started the day with 960,000 but has chipped up to 1,350,000 after getting two key shoves through.

Graydon had anted down to 850,000 which he shoved all-in with from the cut-off over an under-the-gun raise of 120,000 from Paul Guichard. The Frenchman passed allowing Graydon to chip up to 1,100,000, which he then moved across the line a couple of hands later to steal Luca Pagano’s big blind. That raise-and-take took Graydon up to 1,220,000, around 20 big blinds, a stack he seemed more than comfortable handling.

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Mick Graydon, yesterday on his way to the final table

On the next orbit Graydon opened from the hijack to 135,000 and was called by Vuong Than Trong on the button. A 130,000 continuation bet on the 5♥J♦A♣ flop was enough to scoop as he moved up to 1,350,000. Graydon has carefully negotiated his way through this tournament and it’s going to be tough to shift him from this final table. He’s still in last place with Yorane Kerignard above him with 1,846,000 but Graydon looks keyed in to the action.


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