EPT Deauville Race Is On

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All the big poker names of Europe, and a few beyond, packed their bags and headed for Deauville, France, this week, to compete in the next leg of the European Poker Tour 2006.

The Casino Barriere De Deauville offers a grand and eloquent setting for a tournament of this stature and 435 players, some confident, some hopeful, some overawed, converged to do battle. As in Copenhagen at the last EPT event, it would take two days to get every player up and running. One half of the field would play on Day 1A and the other on Day 1B. The players did not hang about on either day with eliminations from the off, and tables closing rapidly.

At the end of two long days in Deauville, the ranks of the fallen littered the bars and rails, and we were left with 100 players good and true. The top 10 players in chips were (with chip-counts in round thousands):

Jerome Douieb 143,000

Claude Cohen 117,000

Theo Jorgensen 111,000

Frederik Hostrup 106,000

Tune Seidelin 100,000

Julian Gardner 99,000

Martin Green 89,000

Mike Hermes 85,000

Mats Iremark 84,000

Henrik Olander (Sweden) 83,000

Well played so far to Julian Gardner, the leading representative of the UK and Ireland, closely followed by Martin Green. Other noted players from these Isles, of which there were many who made the trip down, were:

Roy "The Boy" Brindley 73,000

John Hewston 72,000

Stuart Fox 67,000

Julian Thew 65,000

Ram Vaswani 61,000

Jeff Sharpe 60,000

Peter Roche 58,000

Jen Mason 56,000

Bambos Xanthos 51,000

Willie Tann 50,000 (recovering spectacularly from near elimination)

Mickey Wernick 50,000

Stuart Nash 45,000

Simon Zach 35,000

Marc Goodwin 34,000

Paul Parker 30,000

Ross Boatman 21,000

David O'Callaghan 21,000

John Falconer 15,000

Commiserations to Dave Colclough whose bluff attempt with 7 2 didn't come off, so he just missed out on making Day 2 proper. Other Brits missing in action include ex-footballer turned poker pro, Tony Cascarino, journalist Vicky Coren, Milkybarkid Ben Grundy, Barny Boatman (Hendon Mob), Carlo Citrone and Surindar Sunar.

A promise of much excitement lies ahead and, for the UK at least, WSOP 2002 Main Event runner-up, Julian Gardner, is leading the troops onward.

Ed note: Freeroll into the WSOP with Titan Poker, exclusively through UK Poker News.

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