Alex Tikhoniouk & Kevin MacPhee Crack 300K, Top 138 Remaining at EPT Deauville

Alex Tikhoniouk displays his bagged up chiplead at the end of Day 2 of the 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event. He and Kevin Macphee cracked 300,000 Tuesday, making them the two biggest stacks. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Alex Tikhoniouk displays his bagged up chiplead at the end of Day 2 of the 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event. He and Kevin Macphee cracked 300,000 Tuesday, making them the two biggest stacks.
(Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

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.

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

  1. Alex Tikhoniouk – 312,600
  2. Kevin MacPhee – 308,300
  3. Robert Schulz – 296,900
  4. Adrien Guyon – 291,100
  5. Jouny Hanna – 290,000
  6. Omar Dahmani – 289,700
  7. Bertrand Grospellier – 281,500
  8. Carlo Savinelli – 275,400
  9. Benjamin Pollak – 275,000
  10. Olivier Piechaczyk – 272,600
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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