By the time registration had closed for the PokerStars EPT Deauville Main Event a total of 550 had exchanged €5,300 for 30,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a European Poker Tour Champion. By the time the day's action drew to a close there were 326 players remaining, amongst them no fewer than 14 British players, all hoping to follow in Jake Cody's footsteps and win an EPT title in French soil.
The best place of this army of Brits is Martins Adeniya who seems to have an unnatural ability to accumulate chips early in these major events. By the time the dust had settled in the Casino Barriere last night Adeniya had bagged up 115,200 chips and is the deepest stacked British player across both starting days. Although primarily a high stakes cash game player, Adeniya has over $420,000 in live tournament winnings helped in part by his seventh place finish at the 2011 EPT London Main Event that netted him £86,350. Can he go even deeper in Deauville?
Another British player who returns to his seat today with a healthy stack is Toby Lewis, who now has a realistic chance of becoming the first-ever double EPT winner. Lewis won the EPT Vilamoura Main Event in 2010 for a cool €467,836 and is in good form going into this tournament having taken down a TCOOP event with more than 12,000 runners just a week or so ago.
Looking down the end of day chip counts reveals the rest of the British contingent. They are Jake Cody (78,400 chips), Dan Carter (76,700), Mark Emberton (51,000), Rob Stain (49,600), John Gale (47,400), Praz Bansi (46,400), Peter Akery (39,100), Liv Boeree (34,700), Max Silver (32,300) and Ben Vinson (12,400).
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These players join the like of Chris Brammer, James Mitchell and James Dempsey who progressed from Day 1a for Day 2 of the EPT Deauville Main Event. How many will make it through to Day 3? Only time will tell.