The quaint, picturesque French coastal town of Deauville was awash with hoodie-sporting poker players on Sunday as the €5,300 buy-in European Poker Tour Main Event opened its doors and welcomed its Day 1a competitors; 234 players chose Day 1a over Day 1b in case you’re interested.
Topping the chip counts after the conclusion of eight 75-minute levels was the United Kingdom’s Chris Day, albeit by a single 100 denomination chip. Day, who won a €1,100 side event at EPT Berlin in April 2013, started his quest to become the EPT Deauville champion on Table 19, which turned out to be one of the loosest and most aggressive tables in the vast tournament area.
Early into Day 1a, Day tweeted that he had seen a number of six-bets and 30,000 chip pots being won with third pair!
Most action I've seen in first 2 levels of an ept in my life. 2 crazy French guys bluffing 30k pots won with 3rd pair. 6 bets etcFollow @Chris_Day03
Day somehow managed to escape the carnage not only with his chip stack intact but with a tournament-leading 154,100. The Londoner peaked at 188,000 but lost some ground late on to finish on a more than respectable 154,100 chips. Day actually ended with 154,000 and would have shared the chip lead with Finland’s Jorma Nuutinen had he not won the chip race at the close of play to top the chip counts.
won the chip race at the end to get the chip lead by 100 chips pretty funny #EPTDeauvilleFollow @Chris_Day03
Eleven of Day’s fellow Brits and two of his Irish cousins also progressed to Tuesday’s Day 2. World Series of Poker bracelet winner and all-round good egg Barny Boatman bagged up 102,000 chips as play ended for the night, while Alex Goulder (71,600), EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (88,000), Paul “senterpied” Senter (67,600), Oliver Price (67,400) and Niall Farrell (65,600) among the Brits who had a solid day at the PokerSars branded felt.
British and Irish Players EPT Deauville Main Event Day 1a Chip Counts
This particular EPT Main Event will be best forgotten by a handful of the UK and Ireland’s big guns who fell victim to Gallic flair at various points of the first starting flight and will no doubt be butting heads in the plethora of side events on offer. Former EPT London champion David Vamplew, John Eames, and reigning Irish Open champion Ian Simpson three names who are no longer in the mix in North-Western France.
Plenty of established pros and household names progressed to Day 2 including Anton Wigg (105,000), Spain’s Sergio Aido (76,100), Jannick Wrang (74,200), Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (74,000) and Marcin Horecki (71,300), Pierre Neuville (63,600), Jeffrey Hakim (57,100), Triple Crown chasing German Dominik Nitsche (54,400) and Kent Lundmark (37,100).
The second and final starting flight begins at 12:00 noon local time and, like Day 1a before it, ends after eight 75-minute levels are done and dusted. A much more substantial sized crowd is expected to walk through the doors of the Casino Barriere on Monday lunchtime as the “button clickers” from the online poker world wipe the sleep from their eyes after spending several hours glued to their computer monitors grinding the Sunday Majors.
You can follow all of the action from Day 1b of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event over at our dedicated Live Reporting pages, but don’t forget to head back to our news section on Tuesday morning for a British and Irish focussed recap of the day’s action.
2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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