There are only 16 players still in the hunt for the 2014 PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event title and UK & Ireland PokerNews is delighted to report that five of those hopefuls are from the United Kingdom! Having already celebrated a British victory on the EPT this season when Tom “hitthehole” Middleton took down the Barcelona Main Event, could we be hanging out the bunting once again by the time the weekend is over?
The best placed of the British quintet is cash game grinder Chun Ho Law who, thanks to his 2,579,000 chips, starts the penultimate day of poker second in chips, narrowly behind current chip leader Sotirios Koutoupas who has 2,695,000 chips at his disposal.
Law spoke to the PokerStars Blog during one of the breaks on Day 4 and explained how he doesn’t really play tournaments preferring to grind £2/£5 and £5/£10 cash games four times per week. That could all change should 27-year old Law return to Blighty with the coveted EPT trophy and the gargantuan €614,000 first place prize.
Double World Series of Poker bracelet winner JP Kelly is already guaranteed his best finish in an EPT Main Event – he busted in 24th at EPT Barcelona during Season 3 – and is now looking for his largest ever live tournament cash. Currently, that figure stands at an impressive $587,778 so Kelly would need to win the Deauville Main Event to do so, but as Kelly starts Day 5 with 1,801,000 chips he has a realistic chance of doing just that.
Take a look at the chip counts on our live reporting pages and you will see the name of the next British player hoping to go the distance in Deauville. Alex Goulder had a couple of terrible tables to contend with on Day 4, but he held his own to finish with 1,365,000 chips, from a peak of over 2,000,000. Should Goulder reach the final table later today, he will secure the largest score of his career so far.
Only 174,000 chips, or 5.8 big blinds, separate Goulder and the other two remaining Brits. Oliver Price chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million in April 2013 and would be delighted with a repeat performance in this event, while online pro Eli Heath, who won the €900 No Limit Hold’em Random Bounty earlier in the week for €28,000, is in top form and would be a solid bet to progress to the final eight on Day 5. Price and Heath begin the day with 1,275,000 and 1,191,000 chips respectively.
Although UK & Ireland PokerNews will be glued to the live stream and live updates on Day 5, hoping and praying for all five Brits to make it to the final table, a large section of the poker community will be railing Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov as he could become the latest recipient of live poker’s so-called Triple Crown. Katchalov won a World Poker Tour title in 2007 and added a WSOP bracelet in 2011. The Ukrainian came close to completing his Triple Crown in August 2011 when he finished third in the EPT Barcelona Main Event and he may see this as his best chance yet to join the elite group of Triple Crown winners.
2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event Day 5 Chip Counts
|2||Chun Ho Law||UK||2,579,000|
|15||Carlo De Benedittis||417,000|
Day 5 commences at 12:00 noon CET and continues until only eight players remain. Once the ninth place finisher is decided, the tournament is paused on last time with the eight finalists returning to their seat on Saturday lunchtime. Here’s hoping five of the final eight have the Union Jack at the side of their name.