Day 4 completed
Day 4 completed
Très rapide! So went the pace during today's Day 4 of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event. A total of 51 players began the day, all with hopes of lasting through a couple more days' worth of poker to make it to Saturday's eight-handed final table. When the dust cleared after a little over three 90-minute levels just 23 remained to hold onto such hopes, with the Frenchman Cyril Andre leading all as the only player with more than 2 million.
The day began with a flurry of bustouts by short-stacked players, with 14 going out in the first level alone, among them Ionel Anton (51st, €13,500), Salvatore Bonavena (48th, €13,500), Thomas Butzhammer (43rd, €13,500), Lucas Reeves (42nd, €13,500), and Jason Koon (39th, €16,000).
Meanwhile start-of-day chip leader Shahaf Hadaya met with repeated misfortune during that first level and the start of the second level played today, with pocket kings proving most damaging to the Israeli.
After splitting a pot early with pocket kings in a hand that saw Jason Koon also dealt K-K, Hadaya lost a huge 1.5 million-plus chip pot with the hand against [Removed:4]. Following a flop, Rudelitz raised all in with and Hadaya called with , then the board ran out to give Rudelitz the best hand and the temporary chip lead.
Hadaya would soon after run into Gordon Huntly's to lose still more chips, then was finally knocked out by Yury Gulyy to finish in 32nd place (€19,000). Players continued to hit the rail in quick succession thereafter as Remi Castaignon and Hugo Pingray pushed up to the top of the leaderboard, only to be passed by Andre at the finish.
Andre earned a big bump late in the day when knocking out Lucien Cohen in 28th place in a big hand in which Cohen flopped a set and improved to a full house. That inspired Andre cheekily to write "dératiseur" on his bag at night's end (i.e., "rat killer"), a reference to the large plastic rat Cohen keeps at the table.
Then James Bills (27th) and Alexander Dovzhenko (26th) followed Cohen out the door shortly after as Level 22 concluded.. And right after the break Massimo Di Cicco hit the rail in 25th (like the previous eliminated players earning €19,000), and Sam Grafton went out in the last hand at his table in 24th (€23,000), and at that point play was halted.
Here's a look at the top 10 of the remaining 23:
EPT Deauville End-of-Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
Also still in the hunt are Eric Sfez, winner of the High Roller here at EPT Deauville last year, and Joseph Mouawad of Lebanon (not the same Joseph Mouawad who won the EPT London ME title back in Season 4).
Players return tomorrow at noon to play down to that final table, and we'll be back here as well to bring all of the action. In the interim, hop on over to the EPT Deauville High Roller coverage as that event has begun today.
Play has been stopped here on Day 4 with the final 23 players now bagging up their chips. Back with a full recap of today's play in a few.
As Massimo Di Cicco was being eliminated in 25th place on the adjacent table and the announcement was being made to the other tables to stop after one more hand, Glen Cymbaluk opened with a raise to 40,000 from the hijack seat, then Sam Grafton pushed all in for 246,000 total.
It folded back to Cymbaluk who tanked for a bit, during which time media done with watching Di Cicco's bustout gravitated over to the table. "Vultures!" said Grafton with a smile as Cymbaluk continued to consider what to do.
Finally Cymbaluk called, showing , and Grafton tabled his . "I do feel like a king is coming," said Grafton as the dealer burned a card and prepared to deliver the flop.
It arrived without a king, but there was a six to pair Grafton as the flop came . Alas for Grafton, the turn was the to give Cymbaluk a better pair, and when the landed to pair Cymbaluk again, Grafton was out in 24th place.
Massimo Di Cicco was all in from the big blind after getting into a raising war against the button Matthieu Herve. All the chips went in the middle to create a 1 million plus pot.
The flop came but the on the turn left the Italian drawing dead and the on the river changed nothing, sending Di Cicco out in 25th place.
The players are now finishing off their last hand for the evening.
Players are on a 15-minute break.