EPT: Remi Castaignon Brings Large Lead to Final Table in Deauville

Remi Castaignon has an overwhelming chip lead. (Photo c/o of PokerStars Blog)

Following a couple of short days on the felt at the Eurpean PokerStars Tour Deauville Main Event Day 5 lasted a little over 12 hours. The day began with 23 players fighting for the final eight seats at the final table and after the last hand Remi Castaignon holds a huge lead over the field after bagging up 9,900,000.

Walid Bou Habib holds 3,835,000 in second place and still holds a million chip lead over third place Enrico Rudelitz who bagged up 2,690,000. The final table is rounded out by Noel Gaens, Joseph El Khoury, Robert Romeo, Franck Kalfon and Jeffrey Hakim.

Castaignon added to his chip lead on the final hand of the night when he eliminated Glen Cymbaluk. Castaignon had opened in early position and Cymbaluk moved all in for over a million in late position with pocket nines. Castaignon called with A 7 and spiked an ace when the board ran A 2 J 6 6 to eliminate Cymbaluk in ninth place.

Day 4 chip leader Cyril Andre exited in 11th place at the hands of Castaignon. Andre thee-bet shoved all in and Castaignon called with A 5. Andre tabled pocket fours and the board ran out 3 Q 4 7 T. Despite his flopped set Andre was eliminated by Castaignon’s flush.

Gaens secured his spot at the final table when he opened to 200,000 and James Mitchell moved all in for just 25,000 more. Gaens called with A 7 and was ahead of Mitchell’s A 7. The board ran T Q 2 A 3 and Gaen’s kicker ousted Mitchell from the tournament.

Castaignon eliminated more than half of the players need to trim the field throughout the day. As such he holds  a little more than 40% of the chips in play and it will be a battle for any of the other players to catch him at the championship table.

EPT Deauville Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Remi Castaignon – 9,900,000
  2. Walid Bou Habib – 3,835,000
  3. Enrico Rudelitz – 2,690,000
  4. Noel Gaens – 1,720,000
  5. Joseph El Khoury – 1,710,000
  6. Robert Romeo – 1,440,000
  7. Franck Kalfon – 1,195,000
  8. Jeffrey Hakim – 895,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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