Another day of poker has come to an end in Deuville, France. There are 138 players (of 592 entries) left with the chance of winning an EPT title along with the top prize of €543,700. Irishman Alex Tikhoniouk will lead the remaining player field to Day 3 with 312,600 in chips.
Both opening flights of the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event have finished. Day 2 kicks off today at 12:00 CET and around 360 players (of 591 entries) will be returning to the poker tables - plus any latecomers as the registration is open until the cards are back in the air.
Both starting days at the 2014 European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event (played at Casino Barriere [France]) are in the books. Day 1A saw 234 runners and 433 players signed up for Day 1B and approximately 380 players will return to the poker tables today at noon. Ayman Zbib of Lebanon is the overall chip leader with a stack of 181,400; he will be joined today by several big names in the poker world, including Team PokerStars ProsBertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (picture - dressed up as a popular video game character for Day 1B. Can you guess who?) and Alex Kravchenko of Russia.
Registration will remain open until the beginning of Day 2, so we will know the final number of entrants (and prizepool) later on today. We will be back with another brief report tomorrow morning.
The World Poker Tour has now made a stop in Amneville, France, and already Day 1a and 1b have been played. Out of the 379 players that paid the €3200 + €300 and entered the tournament, 218 players still have chips left and will return to play Day 2 later on today.
Day 1a was lacking of superstars, but Day 1b attracted quite a few big names. For example there were 2 famous poker couples on show with Liv Boeree/Kevin MacPhee and Catherine Hong/Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Unfortunately both MacPhee and ElkY hit the rail at the early stages of Day 1b, but luckily both their girlfriends made it through to Day 2. Other notables that made it to Day 2 are Jamies Rosen, Arnaud Mattern, Joseph Cheong and famous French rap artist Bruno "Kool Sheen" Lopes.
On November 22nd it's time for the long-awaited boxing match between Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. The winner of the match will take home amazing $100,000 - and a whole lot of prestige. This is what Lex Veldhuis, from Holland, had to say about the upcoming match...
"We are gonna fight, I want to knock him out, which will be a bit of a shock to him, it will really play with his mentality. I think the fight is gonna have something ElkY has never experienced before, the pressure of someone really wanting to hurt him badly. I know he has the drive, but I have the same personality which is why we do a lot of prop bets." Veldhuis said in an interview.
The French Team PokerStars member Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier won the $10k Seven Card Stud Championship yesterday and got his first WSOP bracelet and $331,639 in prize money. But that's not all. ElkY became the third French WSOP Champ in history and the 4th poker player ever to complete poker's triple crown (WPT title, EPT title and WSOP bracelet). The 3 other players who have accomplished the triple crown are Roland de Wolfe, Gavin Griffin and Jake Cody, who also completed the triple crown at the 2011 WSOP.
The EPT Madrid High Roller event attracted a field of 58 players who could afford the buy-in of €25,000. After 2 days of play, only 8 players had chips left and the final table was set. The final table, as you can see in the final table results below, included some really big names which made it a very interesting final table.
After many hours of play on the final table, the French Team PokerStars pro ElkY and Benny Spindler, from Germany, were playing heads-up. Spindler entered the heads-up with more than double the chips than ElkY. But just a few hands into the match ElkY picked up pocket jacks and managed to get Spindler to call his all-in on the river with top pair against his over pair. Now ElkY had 1.4 million chips to Spindler's 1.5 million. The match was very even after this all-in, and the crowd and the TV viewers had to wait about 1 hour and 45 minutes before the tournament had a winner. This is how the last hand was played out..
76 out of 243 players who started Day 2 are now through to Day 3 of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, which will start in a few hours. Notable players that have made it to Day 3 with decent stacks are Team PokerStars pro's Peter Eastgate (302,000 - 9th place) and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (243,800 - 16th place). 2 other big names can be found further down in the field, Juha Helppi & Anette Obrestad. In the lead is Csaba Toth with 561,900 chips. Almost 150k chips behind him are Fabian Gentile (413,300 - 2nd place) and Stig Rossen (411,200 - 3rd place).
56 of the remaining 76 players will get a piece of the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
A total of 186 players came to start Day 1b of the tournament. The field included lots of big names. However, the most notable players were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Luca Pagano, Peter Eastgate, Huck Seed, Vanessa Rousso, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately Mizzi, Eastgate, Ruthenberg and Huck Seed were all sent packing during the day.
Only 107 players survived Day 1b. They will join the other 76 players from Day 1a later today as Day 2 of the tournament starts. In the lead is Jeff Sarwer with 143,000 chips closely followed by Rob Yong (125,000) and Jim Collopy (122,400).
Most of the Team PokerStars Pro's that made it to Day 2 can be found in the middle of the field. Just to mention a few - Luca Pagano, JP Kelly, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Henrique Pinho.
Up for grabs is now a prizepool of €1,561,700. The winner will get €404,793 and the second place finisher €257,681.
The first Day of EPT Vilamoura has now been played. 136 players came to start and 76 of them made it all the way to Day 2 of the tournament. Among the players that will play Day 2 we find bracelet winner Marc Naalden and WPT Champion/EPT Champion Jason Mercier, just to mention 2 notable players. The one that will bring the most chips from Day 1a to Day 2 is Ljubomir Josipovic from Australia.
Day 1b of the tournament is being played at the moment and it includes a much more intersting starting field than Day 1a. Just to mention a few notable players: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Huck Seed, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Vanessa Rousso, and Peter Eastgate.
Day 6 of the main event is now over. Of 185 players who started this day, only 64 players made it through to day 7 after 10 hours of hand by hand poker. Unfortunately for Sweden is that their big hopes Christer Björin and Rifat Palevic both got knocked out in during 6. Other big names that got knocked out this day were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Joe Hachem, JC Tran and David Benyamine.
Yesterday the final table in the $25k High Roller tournament was played. The final Table included some of the best tournament poker players in the world and millions of people around the world were watching and discussing the hands and the players on different forums on the web. The favorite to win the final table was the 27 year old Frenchmen Bertrand"ElkY" Grospellier who had already won a World Poker Tour (WPT) and a European Poker Tour (EPT). And Elky left no one disappointed who believed in him before and during the tournament as he won it and received $433,500 in first prize.