The first stop on the European Poker Tour calendar for 2012 is currently taking place in Deauville and we are delighted to see a handful of Brits amongst the 221 players, from the starting field of 339, who have made it through to Thursday's Day 2.
Leading the British charge is none other than Chris Brammer who ended the day having turned his 30,000 starting stack into 80,700. Brammer, as predicted, recently became the number one ranked player for online poker tournaments and he will be hoping to reproduce his form at the virtual felt in France this week. He more than anyone knows there is still a long way to go in this tournament but he has put himself in a great position for a deep run at EPT Deauville and we will certainly be keeping an eye on his progress.
Hot on his heels is the 2010 Irish Open champion James Mitchell who will start Day 2 with just 700 fewer chips than Mr Brammer. Mitchell has a good record on French soil having finished fifth in the €500 Pot Limit Omaha event at last year's EPT Deauville and more recently had deep runs in both the €1,000 and €3,000 buy-in events at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes. Can he add another French flag to his Hendon Mob page?
Other Brits we have to mention include James "Flushy" Dempsey who could become a live Triple Crown winner if he goes all the way in this event. Having won a WSOP bracelet in 2010 Dempsey took down the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic last December completing two of the three Triple Crown elements. He will go into Day 2 armed with 50,900 chips.
Also in the running are Richard Finney and Tom Macdonald who bagged and tagged 39,500 and 19,900 respectively but there will be no returning to the felt for Jon Spinks or Mathew Frankland who both busted out during Day 1a but will almost certainly be back in action in the many side games being offered on Deauville.
Day 1b kicks off at 1200 CET and more Brits are expected to be amongst the 500+ runners expected today. Amongst them are the hyper-aggressive Sam Macdonald, John Eames and Jake Cody, the latter having great memories of this tournament having won it back in January 2010. We also expect Team PokerStars pro Vicky Coren to play and the charismatic Roberto Romanello to take his seat at some point.
Bet sure to follow all the action, as it happens, from our superb live reporting team and do not forget to check in tomorrow for a report on how our heroes are getting on!
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