Joseph Carlino Leads Final 15 as Europeans Dominate Day 4 of EPT Deauville Main Event

Joseph Carlino has just over $13,000 in career tournament earnings, but he has the opportunity of a lifetime after Day 4 of the EPT Deauville Main Event, which he ended with the chiplead. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

Joseph Carlino has just over $13,000 in career tournament earnings, but he has the opportunity of a lifetime after Day 4 of the EPT Deauville Main Event, which he ended with the chiplead. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog)

After churning through players during the first three days of the 2015 EPT Deauville Main Event, Day 4 saw an abbreviated session that still saw 36 cut down to just 15 players by the close of action Thursday; what remains is a field of 14 hopeful first-time champions and one former champion in need of a major comeback.

Joseph Carlino of France is in the driver’s seat going into playdown day Friday, with a leading stack of 2,757,000. He’s one of six French players hoping to capture EPT glory on home soil, and one of 13 hailing from a European nation among the final 15 – along with two Lithuanians, an Italian, a Bulgarian, a Romanian, a Greek and a short-stacked Swede. Among that European contingent, three players stand out – Georgios Kapalas was the Day 3 chipleader in this event, Matas Cimbolas won the WPT UK Main Event in November and Benjamin Pollak has numerous major final tables to his credit, along with a deep run recently in the 2015 PCA Main Event.

Then there’s Kevin MacPhee. The Season 6 EPT Germany champion and this season’s runner-up in London finished the last two days in second, only to run into a rough day Thursday to close the day’s action in the bottom three. Macphee’s the lone player with a chance at a second EPT title, and he’s one of only two players (along with Joseph El Khoury of Lebanon) who’s playing a long way from home. Despite the geographical distance, Macphee should be right at home on Day 5 in Deauville as he goes for an astounding fifth career EPT final table.

There are a couple of other former EPT champions who would love to be in Macphee’s postion right now – players who weren’t quite so fortunate on Day 4. Bertrand Grospellier was unable to recover from a short stack, and he was one of the day’s first casualties in 31st place. Ruben Visser soon followed in 28th, with Sergio Aido (21st) and Guillaume Darcourt (19th) equally unable to continue their runs into Day 5.

Play resumes in Deauville at 12 pm local time (6 am ET), with live streaming coverage on PokerStars.tv. As has been the custom of late on the EPT, they’ll play past the official final table of eight to just six players for Saturday’s ‘hands up’ coverage.

2015 EPT Deauville Main Event – End of Day 4 Chip Counts

  1. Joseph Carlino – 2,757,000
  2. Carlo Savinelli – 2,565,000
  3. Benjamin Buhr – 2,001,000
  4. Dany Parlafes – 1,850,000
  5. Matas Cimbolas – 1,621,000
  6. Ognyan Dimov – 1,103,000
  7. Andrius Bielskis – 1,095,000
  8. Benjamin Pollak – 877,000
  1. Olivier Piechaczyk – 841,000
  2. Massou Cohen – 641,000
  3. Julien Duveau – 630,000
  4. Georgios Kapalas – 585,000
  5. Kevin MacPhee – 581,000
  6. Joseph El Khoury – 415,000
  7. Daniel Carlsson – 267,000
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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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