Season 11 of the European Poker Tour is already well past its halfway point, and while there have already been a number of big winners in the first four stops there’s quite a bit on the line in Deauville as well.
There were 589 players in the 2015 EPT Deauville field after two starting sessions – 335 of whom survived their opening session – and with three more joining the fray in the final moments before Day 2 got underway the field was officially set at 592.
Of the 338 players who began Day 2 with hopes of a magical run towards the title, 200 saw their opportunity extinguished by the close of play. Alex Tikhoniouk nearly saw his tournament life end early in the day when he fell to just four big blinds, but things to a dramatic turn for the better over the course of play Tuesday. Tikhoniouk eventually built his way all the way up to 312,600, good enough for the chiplead going into Day 3 – followed closely by Season 6 EPT Germany champion Kevin Macphee, who bagged 308,300.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier closed strong Tuesday with 281,500 on home French soil, good enough for seventh in a bunched up race. Grospellier’s countryman Benjamin Pollak, a multiple WPT final tablist in his own right, is ninth with 275,000 even. Nicolau Villa-Lobos (230,600), Jan Heitmann (199,000), Season 9 EPT Deauville champion Remi Castaignon (175,600), Guillaume Darcourt (172,600) and Eugene Katchalov (137,000) each put up big peformances of their own on Day 2.
On to day 3 of the €5k buyin #EPTDeauville main event. Have 137k, average is 128k — 138/592 Ppl remain. 87 will make the money Tomo
— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) February 3, 2015
As Katchalov detailed, 87 of the 138 remaining players will finish in the money – each of them guaranteed at least an €8,810 ($9,974) of a prizepool that reached €2,841,600. The final seven players are each set to earn over $100,000, with the winner’s prize set at €543,700 ($615,509). They’ll certainly reach the money on Day 3, but there’s a long way to go for them to reach Saturday’s scheduled final table.
Play resumes at 12 pm local time in Deauville (6 am ET), with five 90-minute levels scheduled to be played.
2015 EPT Deauville Main Event – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
- Alex Tikhoniouk – 312,600
- Kevin MacPhee – 308,300
- Robert Schulz – 296,900
- Adrien Guyon – 291,100
- Jouny Hanna – 290,000
- Omar Dahmani – 289,700
- Bertrand Grospellier – 281,500
- Carlo Savinelli – 275,400
- Benjamin Pollak – 275,000
- Olivier Piechaczyk – 272,600
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