Action resumed on Wednesday at the Casino Barriere in the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Deauville (France) stop. 343 players took part on Day 1b, joining the 312 Day 1a starters on Tuesday for a combined field of 645. The prize purse swelled to €3,096,000, with EPT officials announcing during the session that 64 players would cash, with first receiving €851,400.
As with the first starting session, the field was heavy on Team PokerStars personalities and other notable pros. Taking part on the day were such players as 2008 WSOP World Champion Peter Eastgate, plus Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, Noah Boeken, chess master Ivo Donev, Remy Biechel, Max Pescatori, Mats Iremark, Gavin Griffin, Bruno Fitoussi, Alessio Isaia and David "Devilfish" Ulliott. Isaia topped 100,000 by session's end, as may have Ulliott, pending a recount of his bagged chips at the start of tomorrow's Day 2 due to conflicting reports.
The preliminary top ten from Day 1b play:
Alessio Isaia -- 104,500
Joep van den Bijgaart -- 80,800
Arnaud Vicente -- 65,000
Otto Richard -- 62,500
J B Bot -- 59,300
Jonathan Azoulay -- 59,100
David Ulliott* -- 55,000 (pending recount)
Moritz Kranich -- 54,600
Pawel Chimiel -- 53,500
Charles Marques -- 53,100