Only 23 remain from the starting field of 782 at the €5,300 buy-in 2013 PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Main Event, with Cyril Andre of France leading the remaining players as the only one with more than 2 million in chips. Andre’s fellow countrymen Remi Castaignon, Hugo Pingray, Aurelien Guiglini and Matthieu Herve round out an all-French top five heading into Friday’s Day 5.
Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
After the bubble burst on Day 3, play began on Day 4 with only 51 players left, and it would take just a little over three hour-and-a-half levels for the field quickly to be trimmed down to the final three tables.
Andre began play with an above-average stack, and had already added to it when a big hand arose between him and Lucien Cohen that saw the latter check-call all three post-flop streets as the board came . The final call was for the last of Cohen’s chips, but his (aces and fours) was no good versus Andre’s (full house), and Cohen was out in 28th place for a €19,000 cash.
Cohen keeps a large, conspicuous plastic rat at the table with him, and so at the end of the night Andre wrote “dératiseur” on his bag — “rat killer” — as a jokey reference to his elimination of Cohen, a key hand for him during Day 4.
The day’s other main plot line concerned start-of-day chip leader Shahaf Hadaya, who experienced a bad run of fortune during the first two hours of play to go out in 32nd place (also for €19,000).
Pocket kings proved especially unlucky for Hadaya, as he lost repeatedly with them including once against Enrico Rudelitz when a 1.5 million-plus chip pot was at stake. Another hand saw the player from Israel lose with the against Gordon Huntly’s , and, down to a relative short stack, Hadaya was ultimately eliminated by Yury Gulyy to see his EPT Deauville Main Event run end prematurely.
Other notable eliminations on Thursday included Ionel Anton (51st, €13,500), Salvatore Bonavena (48th, €13,500), Thomas Butzhammer (43rd, €13,500), Lucas Reeves (42nd, €13,500), Jason Koon (39th, €16,000), Alexander Dovzhenko (26th, €16,000) and Sam Grafton (24th, €23,000).
Grafton’s elimination came on the very last hand of play after Massimo Di Cicco was knocked out in 25th place (€19,000) and play was halted for the night to redraw for three eight-handed tables. That last hand saw Grafton reraise-push a short stack with the against Glen Cymbaluk’s , flop a pair of sixes, but ultimately lose when Cymbaluk drew runner-runner two pair.
Eric Sfez, last year’s EPT Deauville High Roller champion, is also still alive with a just-below-average stack, good for 14th position of the final 23.
Play resumes at the Casino Barrière de Deauville on Friday at 12:00 p.m. CET. Check back then for live updates from the Main Event on PokerNews, and also be sure to look in on reports from the €10,300 High Roller as well.