Jack Straus created poker history when he won the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event after being down to only one chip earlier in the tournament. The classic poker phrase "a chip and a chair" was born. There have been several incredible comebacks ever since the 1982 Main Event. In fact, one occurred only this weekend!
Day 3 saw the return of 36 players, including notables such as Kevin MacPhee, Guillaume Darcout, Benjamin Pollak, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Just as planned, the tournament director called it a day when 16 players remained on Day 3.
Georgios Kapalas is the chip leader with 1,398,000 among the final 36 players of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The Greek pro missed this tournament for the first time ever last year when his fellow countryman Sotirios Koutoupas bested a field of 671 players (and denied Eugene Katchalov the triple crown heads-up) for €614,000. Now, Kapalas sits in a great spot to take Greece back-to-back titles in Deauville!
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.
A big congratulations to Sotirios Koutoupas, the winner of the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event! Koutoupas, 31, bested a field of 671 players, incudling Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov heads-up - who had the chance to complete poker's triple crown (EPT, WPT and WSOP titles), to lay hands on the €614,000 first place prize, an exclusive Slyde watch, a large trophy, and (possibly best of all) he became the first ever Greek champion after almost 10 full season of the EPT!
"It was my time now, it was my time to win," Koutoupas said. "I was very lucky today in some situations, but that's poker. Everything went well for me."
The European Poker Tour has made its annual return to Deauville, France. The tournament festivities will run January 22 - February 1 with close to 50 tournament scheduled, including the €5,000 + €300 buy-in Main Event on January 26 and the €10,000 + €300 High Roller (re-entry) on January 30. The Main Event attracted 782 players (€3,753,600 prize pool) to the Casino de Deaville last year and Frenchman Remi Castaignon ended up winning the whole thing for a first prize of €770,000; the High Roller was won by Vojtech Ruzicka (from Czech Republic) who overcome a field of 71 players (14 rebuys were made) to lay hands on €313,000!
We will keep you update on both the Main Event and the High Roller, so make sure to check our news section ever day for the latest news from Deauville!
Remi Castaignon, 29, began the final table of the EPT Deauville main event with 9.9 million chips, which was more than double what his closest player had and about five times what the other players had. However, things changed drastically only half an hour after play began...
It took more than 24 hours of poker action for a winner to be crowned at the EPT Deauville High Roller. Vojtech Ruzicka, from Czech Republic, overcame a field (total entries 85. 71 players +14 rebuys) that included some of the best tournament players in the world (Jonathan Duhamel, Steve O'Dwyer, "ElkY", Eugene Katchalov and many others).
The High Roller (buy-in €10,000+€300) kicked off yesterday with 71 players (plus 14 €10k rebuys). There were a lot of familiar faces in the field: Eugene Katchalov, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (picture), Michael Tureniec, Steve O'Dwyer, Kevin MacPhee etc.
The final table is getting closer and closer as only 23 players remain after 4 days of play at the 2013 EPT Deauville Main Event. Like all the other days, Day 5 will have a new chip leader: Cyril Andre (picture) from France with 2,108,000 chips! His closest opponent is Remi Castaignon with 1,997,000.
The remaining 23 players, all of whom are guaranteed €23,000, will return to the tables in a few hours and play until 8 remain (guaranteed a minimum payday of €60k each). The final table will be played on Saturday and there's a €770,000 first-place prize up for grabs!
Day 3 of the Main Event started with 154 players and concluded with 51 after 8 hours of play. Shadaf Hadaya, who's playing his first ever EPT, is the new chip leader with 1,237,000 chips - about 200k more than his closet opponent Matthieu Herve.
Matthias De Meulder, Sandra Naujoks, Vanessa Rousso, Fabrice Soulier and Freddy Deeb were all sent packing during Day 3, which means that there aren't any familiar faces left in the tournament. But of course it does not necessary mean that the rest of the tournament will be boring. A first prize of €770,000 is up for grabs and all of the remaining players are guaranteed €13,500.
After 11-and-a-half-hours of play on the EPT Deauville Main Event final table, Vadzim Kursevich from Belarus was the last man standing after defeating Paul Guichard , from France, heads-up.
Guichard had a narrow lead to Kursevich when the final table began. However, when the heads-up began between the two, Kursevich had a massive 23 million to 3 million lead, and it didn't take many hands before it was over. For the win Kursevich received an amazing €875,000 while Guichard got €557,000.
Now you might wonder what happened to Luca Pagano? Well, he sat down at the final table quite short stacked and, unfortunately, it didn't take long before he found himself in trouble and finished 7th place for €110,000. This was his 7th EPT final table and 20th cash, but still not a single win. Well, it's probably just a matter of time before he will get his first EPT title. He really deserves it!
The European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event is now finally down to a last table with 8 players. Paul Guichard, from France, holds the narrow lead over Vadzim Kursevich from Belarus. Guichard, who's known as one of the best players on PokerStars.fr, began the last day before the final table with 1.7 million. About 6 hours later, he had turned that stack into amazing 5,955,000.
The hottest name on the final table is of course Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. This is his 20th cash and his seventh EPT final table. Today he will bring 2,010,000 to the final table and is second to last in chips. But with his final table experience he's still one of the favorites to take down the tournament.
There are some amazing cash prizes on the final table today. The winner will get a stunning 875,000 Euro, while the second place finisher gets 557,000 (could easily be the first prize in any major tournament). All the remaining players are guaranteed to get away with at least 67,200 each.
Martins Adeniya started Day 2 with 115,000 chips and ended the day with amazing 512,00 and the chip lead. Most of the chips he accumulated during Day 2 came from a young, aggressive poker player that tried to bluff him in several pots. Adeniya figured out his young opponent's "strategy" quickly and managed to win some huge pots.
"I came into the day with 115,000," said Adeniya. "My stack swung around between 100,000 and 150,000 for a while, but then a young kid at my table tried to bluff me. I made a huge call on the river to get a full double-up to 250,000. I've just been building from there, picking up small pots."
Both starting days of EPT Deauville have now been completed. Day 1b of the Main Event, which was played yesterday, saw a field of 550 players and many recognizable faces in the poker world. Big names such as Viktor Blom, Vanessa Selbst, Dario Minieri and Jude Ainsworth were eliminated during the early stages of the day, while notables such as Vanessa Rousso, Nacho Barbero, and Team PokerStars SportStar and Olympic Gold Nedalist Fatima Moreira de Melo (picture) made it through the day.
Day 2 of the tournament kicks off at 12:00 p.m. local time and an approximate total of 546 players will continue the long road towards the final table where some serious cash is up for grabs. The 889 entrants have created a prize pool of amazing €4,267,200 and the winner will get €875,000 of it. In total, 128 players will receive a piece of the enormous prize pool.
In one week, 1 day and couple of hours European Poker Tour makes a stop in Deauville, France. Last year, the €5,000 + €300 EPT Deauville Main Event saw a record-breaking field of 891 players and Lucien Cohen walked away with the first prize of €880,000. It will be interesting to see whether or not this year's main event will see another record-field.
The final table of EPT Deauville only included 1 really big name, Peter Eastgate, the Danish PokerStars Pro. Peter Eastgate was quite shortstacked when the final table kicked off yesterday and unfortunately he had to leave the final table already 1 hour into the tournament. Almost an hour later it was time for the next knockout. This time it was Michael Fratty who had to leave the tournament after that his pair of queens were beaten by Jake Cody's pocket kings. After this, it didn't take long before Jake Cody took out another player. This time it was the shortstacked player Stephane Albertini who had to leave the tournament as he ran into Cody's pocket aces with his K9.
2010 EPT Deauville Main Event attracted a record field of 768 players, which included some really big names. However, most of them were sent packing during day 2 and 3 of the tournament. Beltrand "Elky" Grospellier went out in 9th place (on the bubble) after that he had missed a flush draw against pocket aces. These are the 8 players that will fight for the first prize of €847,00 today.
Seat 1: Claudius Secara - 795,000 Seat 2: Jake Cody - 4,650,000 Seat 3: Michael Fratty - 1,595,000 Seat 4: Teodor Caraba - 6,915,000 Seat 5: Peter Eastgate - 695,000 Seat 6: Craig Bergeron - 3,135,000 Seat 7: Stephane Albertini - 3,555,000 Seat 8: Mike McDonald - 1,815,000
429 players signed up for Day 1b of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The field included some really big names, just to mention a few of them, Peter Eastgate, Greg Raymer, Betrand "Elky" Grospellier, Freedy Deeb, Luca Pagano and Ludovic Lacay. All of the players above, except Greg Raymer, made it to Day 2 of tournament. Luca Pagano (picture) had the best possible start in Day 1b and has accumulated a stack of 185,000 chips. Luca will bring the second most chips to Day 2.
The chip leader from Day 1a, Robert Cezarescu, is still in the lead with 216,900 chips. However, Robert Cezarescu, will have to face a much stronger field in Day 2 of the tournament, as the most pros played Day 1b of the tournament. 405 players will return to the tables at noon today to play Day 2 of EPT Deauville. A total prize pool of €3,686,400 is up for grabs, and the winner will get €847,000.
Yesterday the Main Event of EPT Deauville started. A remarkable field of 339 players took part in Day 1a of the tournament. The tournament organizers believe that Day 1b, which starts today, will see a bigger number of participants. In other words, it seems like there will be a huge prize pool this time.
Anyhow, even though Day 1a attracted a lot of players, there were not many familiar faces. In the lead after Day 1a is Robert Cezarescu. He will bring 216,900 chips with him to Day 2 of the tournament. On 2nd and 3rd place are Vladimir Geschkenbein with 155,000 chips and Martin Kabrhel with 152,200 chips. 198 out of 339 players made it to Day 2 of the Main Event.
The reason why the tournament hasn't been played for 2 years in Deauville is that the French legislation hasn't been so positive to the organization behind the tournament. Now, however the attitude has changed from the French legislation and the tournament is back for the first time since 2006.
The Main Event has a buy-in of $5300 and will be played between 20th-24th January 2009. And since they expect a lot of players this year the maximum participants is set to 700. The tournament will be the third largest in EPT season 5 and hopefully is here to stay.
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