Sunday saw the European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event kick off at the Casino Barriere de Deauville, attracting 199 players in total, among them a handful of British grinders hoping that choosing to start their EPT quest on Day 1a would turn out to be a good decision.
For Owain “sngwonder” Carey it looks to be a great decision because the in-form grinder found himself armed with 94,000 chips at the end of the eight levels of play. Carey's stack places him 15th on the overnight leader board, but more importantly gives him a solid foundation on which to build on Tuesday's Day 2.
Although predominately an online poker player, Carey has been spotted at various major live events recently and things are going well for him. In December 2014, Carey finished sixth in the €2,200 Eureka Prague High Roller and collected €102,400 and followed that impressive result up with a win in the UKIPT London High Roller for £44,550. Surely another deep run beckons for him.
Carey is joined on Day 2 by fellow Brits Martins Adeniya (74,400), recent PokerStars Super Tuesday winner Daniel Charlton (41,300), David Vamplew (18,400) and Alex Lindop (12,000).
Day 1a wasn't as kind to some of our players. The likes of Mathew Frankland, Andrew Leathem, and former Irish Open champion Ian Simpson each busted on Day 1a and will either have to make do with playing in the plethora of side events on offer or make the journey home to Blighty.
Season 11 European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Topping the chip counts at the end of Day 1a was France's Nathan Gozlan (148,500) closely followed by Sweden's Alexander Ivarsson (145,800).
Plenty of big names such as Patryk Slusarek (123,300),Marcin Horecki (92,900), Anton Wigg (84,500), Benjamin Pollak (67,800), Eddy Maksoud (50,500), Dominik Panka (48,800), Dimitar Danchev (39,200), Frederik Jensen (33,000), Artem Metalidi (18,000) and Eugene Katchalov (16,000) all progressed to Day 2.
Day 1b begins at 12:00 p.m. local time on Monday 2 February and continues until eight 75-minute levels are completed. We expect even more British grinders to head to the PokerStars-branded felt during Day 1b proceedings and you can follow how they're getting on via our Live Reporting pages.
While you wait, check out this poker in Poland update with Dominik Panka: