The penultimate day of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville High Rollers will begin at Noon. At least 53 players will begin play today, but as entry is still open until 15 minutes before cards are in the air we could see a few more players with deep pockets and a dream put up the €10,300 entry fee.
A record number of entries yesterday means the highest ever prize pool for the EPT Deauville High Roller. The total prize pool and pay-out structure will be confirmed later in the day once all entries and re-buys have finished and we will bring you those details as soon as they are released.
Day 1 ended with 113 entries into the tournament in the form of 95 unique players and 18 re-entries. These boys sure came to gamble (and they were all men, no women have entered the high roller this year) with over half the field eliminated inside 10 levels.
Leading the field is Marton Czuczor from Hungary who has 274,600. He qualified through a live satellite and hasn’t needed to re-buy. He is followed by Dario Sammartino (251,700) and Adrian Mateos Diaz 236,600.
Alex Kravchenko (84,600) is the only member of Team PokerStars going into Day 2 but there is still a possibility that Jake Cody and Bertrand `ElkY` Grospellier will decide to fire a second bullet and get a new stack of 50,000 which would be worth 25 big blinds. Other faces still in who will be familiar to most of our readers are Steve O’Dwyer, Kevin MacPhee and Toby Lewis.
PokerNews will bring you all the coverage right here as we play down to a final table before the action ends for the day. We expect plenty of fast paced action right from the start, so stay tuned for the latest chips counts, bust outs and all the news from the tables as some of the best players in the world fight it out for a huge pay day.
Davidi Kitai opened to 12,000 from the button before Michel Dattani made it 25,000 in the big blind. Kitai then four-bet, making it 88,000 and Dattani thought for about a minute before moving all in. Kitai quickly called.
Twice in the space of a few minutes, it was tens vs queens on this table. This time the queens would win as the board came making Kitai a full house. Dattani had about 15,000 remaining and was eliminated just a couple of hands later.
They are now on the money bubble in the EPT10 Deauville High Roller where only the top 17 spots pay out. Nikolay Losev has been leading for much of the afternoon, having more than twice the chips of his nearest challenger until Davidi Kitai's recent chip boost. Meanwhile Losev's fellow Russian Alex Kravchenko is also still battling as the lone Team PokerStars Pro remaining. Read more on the PokerStars blog.
After one hour and fifty minutes on the bubble a huge three-way all-in just occurred on the feature table, leading to the bubble bursting, one player having a monster stack and another being almost felted.
It folded to Dominik Panka on the button he raised to 16,000, Ramin Hajiyev three-bet to 41,000 from the small blind and Michael Tureniec then moved all-in for 301,000 total. Back on Panka he moved all-in for 264,000 and Hajiev called all-in behind for 245,000.
It was a massive cooler and the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion looked set for a massive triple up and the board kept the Pole in front, boosted him to 779,000, left Tureniec with just 37,000 and burst the bubble as it eliminated Hajiyev. Everyone left in is now guaranteed €18,000.
Michael Tureneic found himself in a difficult position in this hand in part because he unluckily ran up against two opponents holding monsters. But he also made a choice to try to apply pressure on a couple of players with stacks nearly equal to his rather than wait to challenge a shorter-stacked opponent. Read more about this hand and the strategy involved on Learn.PokerNews in "Lessons from EPT10 Deauville: Picking Targets to Pressure."