Season 11 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event continued on Monday with the second and final starting flight of the €5,300 buy-in tournament. A total of 392 players bought in, taking the total attendance to 591, a figure that could rise due to registration being open until Day 2 begins at noon local time.
After the completion of eight 75-minute levels only 227 players had chips in front of them that required bagging and tagging. The biggest of the British stacks was that of Alfie Adam who progressed to Day 2 armed with a very respectable 86,300 chips.
London's Adam cashed seven times in 2014 including two at the EPT Main Events. A 73rd place (£7,750) in the EPT London Main Event was followed up with a 34th place (€19,920) in the EPT Prague Main Event, going to show Adam can battle with poker's elite. He'll be confident of completing his hat trick of EPT cashes by the time this tournament is done and dusted.
Hot on Adam's heels in the race for top Brit was the popular figure of Mike “Da Bookie” Hill. Inside the chip bag of Hill are 86,200 chips, mere 100 less than Adam accumulated. Hill is in confident mood, as he usually is, a mood buoyed by his runner-up finish in the Unibet Open London Main Event at the end of 2014.
Other UK & Ireland players who are staying in Normandy that little longer include Ben Dobson (61,300), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (53,000), Daniel Wilson (47,400), Yorkshireman Gareth Teatum (41,700), Simon Appleby (36,200), Nick Hicks (24,700), John Eames (24,000), Victoria Coren Mitchell (22,200), everyone's favourite hyper-aggressive Scotsman Ludovic Geilich (21,200), and Rhys Jones (13,800).
Season 11 European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Topping the chips Day 1b chip counts and the overall leader board is Guillaume Darcourt. The flamboyant Frenchman, often seen sporting bright pink hair, ended Day 1b with 167,800 chips in his arsenal and that spells bad news for anyone on his table on Day 2 as this big stack allows Darcourt the freedom to play his extremely loose and aggressive style.
Some of the other notable players continuing their journey from the Day 1b field include Team PokerStars Pros Jan Heitmann (126,100), Bertrand Grospellier (123,500), Gabriel Nassif (74,700), Julien Brecard (61,800), and Team Online's Vicente Delgado (33,300). Also through are Sergio Aido (97,600), Remi Castaigon (91,800), Ilan Boujenah (90,900), Michael Tureneic (90,600), Thomas Butzhammer (87,400), Robin Ylitalo (63,400), Andrea Dato (34,600), Ruben Visser (31,000) and Dario Sammartino (28,800).
Day 2 opens its doors at noon local time and players can buy-in up to the first hand being dealt, which means we could see a combined field size of 600 in this event. As always, you can follow the action via our live reporting pages, so make sure you bookmark them!
While you're waiting why not check out this interview with French poker legend Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.