Blind Melon once sang that “Three is a magic number” and that is certainly the case in the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event because a trio of British players have navigated their way to the final table of the €5,300 buy-in tournament.
Day 5 began with Brits making up five of the final 16 players, but our numbers were reduced to four when Alex Goulder opened to 75,000 from the small blind and then called when fellow Brit Oliver Price three-bet all-in from the big blind. Goulder flipped over and found himself needing some help from the board as Price held . That help failed to arrive as the board ran out to send Goulder to the rail in 11th place, a result that netted him €41,200.
Another pair of eights in another Brit-on-Brit clash claimed the tournament life of JP Kelly. Eli Heath opened to 45,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov called in the small blind. Kelly then squeezed to 190,000 only to see Heath four-bet to 340,000. Katchalov had seen enough and mucked, but Kelly moved all-in for 1,046,000 in total. Heath said: “Yeah, I call” and the cards were showndown.
Like Goulder before him, Kelly held a strong ace in the shape of and was in a coinflip against the . By the river, the board read and Kelly’s dreams of becoming an EPT champion will have to wait for another few weeks at least.
With Kelly exiting in 10th place the remaining nine players redrew for their final table seats and around 40-minutes later the official final table was reached when Florian Ribouchon’s couldn’t get there against Sotirios Koutoupas’ – there’s those eights again – three of our five players had reached the EPT Deauville Main Event final table.
2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event Final Table
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Going into the final table with an overwhelming chip lead is Greece’s Sotirios Koutoupas and his monster-sized 6,400,000 stack. Koutoupas has three previous EPT Main Event cashes to his name, including a 2nd place finish at EPT Prague in December 2012. He will be hoping to go one place better this time around and become the first-ever Greek EPT champion.
Although UK & Ireland PokerNews hope for a British winner, large sections of the poker community are willing Eugene Katchalov over the finishing line as he looks to join the elite group of players who have won an EPT, World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker title.
The final table kicks off at 12:00 noon CET, but due to the Live Stream – which you can watch here – being on an hour’s delay as hole card information is being displayed. So join our live reporting team from 1:00pm CET (12 UK time) for all of the action from the final table of the EPT Deauville Main Event; here’s to a British 1, 2, 3.