Day 1b of the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville main event took place yesterday afternoon and what a day it was. A total of 475 players bought in for €5,300 including plenty of British and Irish players. Although Ben Warrington finished with 118,300 chips, the same couldn’t be said for a number of his fellow countrymen and women who had to endure a torrid time on and away from the tables during Day 1a.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is one player who will want to forget EPT Deauville in a hurry. Boeree tweeted she was suffering from severe food poisoning after consuming some mussels on the previous night and that she was unregistering from the tournament. She managed to come round a little — just as late registration was closing – and she made her entrance. A lack of playable hands, or maybe she still felt rotten who knows, but whatever it was Boeree never got out of second gear and she was eliminated during the evening.
Another player who will not look back on this tournament fondly is James Akenhead. The popular Brit made the long trip to Deauville by car, a journey that takes several hours. Akenhead was feeling tired so left to have a power nap at one point, but this must have upset the poker gods because they came down on him with great vengeance. Akenhead got his stack into the middle with against the of last year’s EPT Deauville Main Event runner-up Paul Guichard and it looked like the 75,000 chip pot would be heading his way. That was until the flop came down gifting Guchard trip kings. The case ace failed to materialise and Akenhead was left with just 50 chips – on a single ante. He busted two hands later.
But as mentioned, Warrington had a much better time at the felt on Monday and he ended the day with a healthy stack of 118,300 chips. Those of you who follow the PokerNews coverage of EPT events will no doubt remember Warrington finished fourth at the EPT Prague in December 2012, a result that won him €250,000. Can he go deep again here in Deauville?
Other UK & Ireland players to make it through to today’s Day 2 include Dermot Blain (67,400) and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (50,600).
Play resumes at 12:00CET and will continue until six 75-minute levels have been completed. There will be no dinner break, though the player will receive a 20-minute break at the end of every other level played. This means the surviving players should be bagged and tagged for around 21:00CET. DO not forget you can follow all of the EPT Live Reporting from EPT Deauville on our dedicated pages.
EPT Deauville Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|4||Ahmed Abd El Fatah||185,000|