2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville

€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Ziua 1b terminat

Ayman Zbib Leads After PokerStars.fr EPT Main Event Day 1b

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Ayman Zbib
Ayman Zbib

After 234 runners on Day 1a of the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event and Chris Day emerging as the early frontrunner, it was almost predetermined that Day 1b would be a lot busier. It turned out exactly that way as a big field showed up for the second of two starting flights.

Late registration remained open the entire day. In fact, players will be allowed to sign up until the beginning of Day 2, so a final number of entrants won't be available until registration closes. It's going to be hard to break last year's number (782), though, but an impressive showing was still had. At the completion of Day 1b, the tournament clock indicated 433 players had signed up.

On Day 1a, just two Team PokerStars Pros entered and both survived after the first eight seventy-five minute levels. Day 1b saw a whole lot more Team Pros who tried their luck at the tables, but not all of them will join Marcin Horecki and Eugene Katchalov moving forward.

Hometown favorite Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier sat in the spotlight the entire day, not just because of his excellent card-playing skills, but more so because of his outfit. Grospellier showed up as the character Ezio Auditore da Firenze from the video game Assassin's Creed. A lot less spectacular than his outfit were his cards. Nothing much happened for the French superstar, and he ended the day with a mere 9,900 in chips.

Grospellier wasn't the only one dressing up for the occasion, either. French poker pro Guillaume Diaz showed up in a shark costume, presumably because he's also a shark at the tables. Today he wasn't the one feeding on the small little fish, though, as he was fodder for other players when he busted quite early on.

After Mike McDonald fell short in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure title, the elusive achievement for the first two-time EPT winner remains up for grabs. Defending EPT Deauville champ Remi Castaignon won't be that person, though, as he busted some time before the dinner break. Castaignon was already rather short when he four-bet with pocket sevens to 3,500. One of his opponents made the call, then also called the remaining 6,100 that Castaignon pushed forward on a flop for an all-in shove. The flop contained two diamonds, and Castaignon's opponent had {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. The player made a flush and busted the French EPT champion.

Other former EPT winners would fall as well. EPT Monte Carlo winner Steve O'Dwyer didn't feel well this morning, but decided to play anyway. His day would be as he felt, not that good. O'Dwyer played for a little over two hours and after getting coolered not once, but twice, it was time to hit the showers.

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano was the one responsible for O'Dwyer's early exit. Pagano wouldn't do much good with the newly acquired chips as he ran into aces in a rather big hand and busted in the last level of the day.

Team PokerStars Pro and EPT Deauville Season 6 winner Jake Cody followed not much later. A hero call went terribly wrong as his opponent held the goods with a full house in what would be Cody's last hand.
During level six, Dave "Dubai" Shallow went from being potential chip leader, with almost 100,000 or so, to out in short order. Apparently he lost two big pots in succession in nasty spots to bust, and Sunny Chattha informed us of the action.

"He lost about 50,000 with {A-}{Q-} against aces on an {A-}{Q-}{6-}{6-} board," said Chattha. "And then on a king-high board, his opponent jammed the turn with pocket fives, [Shallow] called with {K-}{10-}, and the river was a five."

The main beneficiary of Shallow's demise appeared to have been Ayman Zbib, who built to a monstrous stack of 144,000. Zbib would end the day with 181,400, which makes him the overall chip leader going into Day 2.

When the final level of the day began, people started to loosen up. Table 12 was home to the tea-drinking Brits with Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren leading the chatter. A couple of tables over, other drinks were being ordered.

One more player that deserves a mention is a French singer, actor, and poker player with a massive social media following and over $1,000,000 in cashes. World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Patrick Bruel was sitting comfortable all day as he gathered chips left and right. He ends the day with 92,300.

Dutch EPT debutant Niels van Leeuwen impressed himself and everyone else by winning the French Poker Series Main Event before the EPT started, topping a final table consisting of French players to land him the first prize of €175,000. He continued to impress on the first day of his first EPT with a rather spectacular hand where he overlimped aces. Long story short, he did get the money in pre flop, although he didn't win the main pot.

Then there were cracked aces, a limp re raised king-queen under the gun, sets over sets and all other sorts of exciting hands. It really is worth your time to check out the entire PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville live reporting blog.

Day 2 will be no different, and for the first time all the players will be playing in the same room. The money is not in sight yet, but Day 2 will again be filled with familiar faces, big pots, and insane bluffs. PokerNews will be covering the action from start to finish, so get your refreshing finger ready for dozens of updates, photos, and interviews with all your favorite players! We'll be back live from the tournament floor once again at 12 p.m. local time for another exciting starting day to Season 10's EPT Deauville. Be sure to join us then!

While you wait for Day 2 to come around, be sure to check out the following interview with the lovely Natalie Hof:

Taguri: Ayman ZbibBertrand GrospellierJake CodyLuca PaganoNatalie HofNiels Van LeeuwenPatrick BruelPokerStarsRemi CastaignonSteve O'DwyerVicky CorenVictoria Coren

Official End of Day 1B Chip Counts

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The seat draw won't be coming up till the start of Day 2 as people are still able to buy in.

Ayman Zbib 181,400 16,400
Alain Bauer fr 160,100 15,800
Martin Schleich de 152,500 62,500
Yerai Iribarren FR 151,900 -18,100
Ludovic Geilich gb 142,000 43,800
Niels Van Leeuwen nl 141,000 56,000
Andrew Sweeney IE 129,600
Alexander Lakhov ru 121,600
Miroslav Alilovic 116,300 55,125
Sulaiman Sesay mt 116,000 -19,000
Marco Della Tommasina it 115,300
Benjamin Dadon 113,000 -1,000
Darko Stojanovic fr 111,200
Florian Ribouchon fr 110,400 -3,600
Kamel Boukhalfa fr 107,600
Carlos Queiroz Ferreira FR 106,300 106,300
Joni Jouhkimainen fi 100,500 6,500
Ghattas Kortas se 99,500
Jamila Von Perger de 99,400 57,400
James Mitchell gb 99,200 99,200
Loredan Hanganu RO 98,900 -9,100
Bernard Guigon fr 98,800
Martin Staszko cz 96,500 18,500
Thomas Brader 94,600
Pierre Calamusa fr 94,100 94,100

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57 Players in the Skrill Last Longer today

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Metaal won't win the Skrill Last Longer this time
Metaal won't win the Skrill Last Longer this time

57 players signed up today for the Skrill Last Longer. That means 13% of the total field started out in the running for that EPT buy-in back in their Skrill account if they last the longest in this tournament.

Well known players like Andrew Teng, Kevin MacPhee, Dimitri Holdeew, Joni Jouhkimainen and Govert Metaal all participated. Not all of the are still in though.

Registration for the Skrill Las Longer is closed as the dinner break was the deadline to get in for day 1B. Just a couple more days before we know who will get that €5,300 in their account.

Taguri: Skrill

Not On to Day 2

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The following players have busted in the last level. No day 2 for these guys unfortunately.

Jon Spinks gb Eliminat
Franck Chambon Eliminat
Joao Ribeiro Eliminat
Eric Sadoun Eliminat
Jan Collado de Eliminat
Michael Tureniec se Eliminat
Giacomo Fundaro it Eliminat
Maksim Kirianov Eliminat
Wojciech Barzantny de Eliminat
Antona Pierre Eliminat
Simon Deadman gb Eliminat
Nicolas Cardyn fr Eliminat
Alexandre Milon Eliminat
Pierrick Burban fr Eliminat
Gerasimos Deres se Eliminat
Patrick Carvalho Duarte Eliminat
Giovanni Torre Eliminat
Jake Cody gb Eliminat
Benjamin Jones us Eliminat
Andrew King Eliminat
Onur Guven Eliminat
Mathieu Gallois Eliminat
Mihai Stinca Eliminat
Gregoire Boissenot fr Eliminat
Luca Pagano it Eliminat

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Six More Hands

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And then the day is done. We'll be reporting back with an extensive recap of the action and the chip counts in a little bit.

Coren Takes Her Leave

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Victoria Coren
Victoria Coren

Iaran Lightbourne opened for 1,300 and PokerStars player Victoria Coren moved all in for 8,700. Sat to her left was Martin Staszko who smooth called. Everyone else folded including Lightbourne. “What have I got to beat?” Coren asked and got shown the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}. Her {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades} was looking in pretty bad shape. “Oh.” She said. “You’ve got diamonds.” Called out Matt Frankland.
The board ran out {4-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and Coren left just before the end of the last level of Day 1b.

Victoria Coren gb Eliminat

Taguri: Victoria CorenMartin StaszkoMathew Frankland

The End for Spinks

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Early Jon Spinks was joking about grinding his chip stack back only to lose it right at the end or first thing tomorrow. He's good at this predicting lark...

Jon Spinksonly went and lost TT vs AT for 55k to bust! Kinda predicted it didn't i?!
Jon Spinks gb Eliminat

Jean Mikhael Scores A Double Up

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After Alexander Perevorukha opened from middle position, Jean Mikhael three-bet to 5,200 from the small blind and Perevorukha made the call. On the {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} flop Mikhael moved all-in for 10,425 and after getting a count Perevorukha called.

Perevorukha: {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}
Mikhael: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}

The {9-Spades} turn and {6-Hearts} river doubled Mikhael to over 32,000 whilst Perevorukha dropped to 49,000.

One at a Time

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Benjamin Pollak opened for 1,200 and Nuri Hakan Demircioglu made the call. The blinds folded and they saw a flop of {a-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}. Pollak continued for 1,800 and after a couple of minutes Demircioglu made the call. The turn card was the {7-Hearts} and now Pollok went for a bigger bet of 5,100. Demircioglu went in the tank. They had similar stack sizes, both with about 40k behind, and one more card to come. The decision took a while but time was not called. Demircioglu made the call. The river was the {4-Clubs} and after a short while more they both checked. Pollack flipped over {k-Hearts} to indicate king high. Demircioglu rather confusingly flipped over {j-Diamonds} and then less confusingly {a-Hearts}. That settled matters and Demircioglu won the pot.

Taguri: Benjamin Pollak