Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
A total of 419 players returned today as the two starting day fields combined, each player hoping to claim the €770,000 first prize and title of EPT Deauville champion. After six levels of intense action, it was Andrei Stoenescu who finished the day at the summit of Mount Pokers with 485,600 with still 34 players to be eliminated before the money bubble which will occur tomorrow.
Many of the Team PokerStars Pros still remained but Nacho Barbero, Team Online's Luca Moschitta as well as Frenchmen Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Julien Brecard all suffered relatively early exits. New Team Pro, as well as the winner of this event back in Season 6, Jake Cody lasted a little longer but the dream died when his was beaten by Bruno Le Garrec's when the board came . Lex Veldhuis was forced to accept a similar fate, losing with ace-king to queens, the king came first to tease him but a queen swiftly followed – exit one unhappy Dutchman. Despite this, Sandra Naujoks (73,500), Vanessa Rousso (34,200) and Matthias De Meulder (186,000) have made it through to Day 3 and will no doubt hoping to make it even further.
Others who made it through include former champions Zimnan Ziyard (380,200) and Lucien Cohen (46,100) who along with Naujoks are looking for that incredibly elusive second EPT title. Online phenom Jason Koon managed to sail through with a hefty 275,100 while Freddy Deeb will be back tomorrow with 114,800. Last season's winner Vadzim Kursevich will not be rejoining us, he was eliminated when Thomas Butzhammer's pocket queens triumphed over his king-queen.
Joining the Belarussian on the rail were Nicolas Levi, who lost a large flip with to Tobias Peters' on an board when all the money went in on the flop. Marvin Rettenmaier came a cropper when his ace-king ran into kings. Arnaud Mattern flopped a flush against bottom two pair only for the latter hand to improve to a full house on the turn, removing yet another former EPT champion from the tournament.
Tomorrow we'll be hitting the money and with 154 players coming back and only 120 being paid, it still means that around a quarter of those coming back will be have nothing but memories to show for their efforts.
We'll be back again tomorrow from 12pm (CET) to bring you all the news as the EPT Deauville Main Event heads into Day 3.
What a last hand of the night! We missed the action but Andrei Stoenescu filled us in on the hand that launched him into the chip lead.
He told us he opened to 5,000 and four-bet to 29,000 when Konstantinos Nanos three-bet to 13,000. Nanos had around 140 - 150k and committed all of these by five-betting to around 100,000.
Stoenescu set Nanos all in and the latter called off with ace-jack. Stoenescu had them there aces and held to claim the biggest pot of the tournament so far.
Philippe Narboni has been eliminated whilst holding a pair of red queens, the same fate as Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren suffered earlier today.
Narboni got his short stack into the middle holding and found a caller in the shape of Robert Romeo and his . The nine-high board ran out
and with that Narboni was eliminated.
The clock has been paused and each table will play three more hands before play concludes for the day.
Following a late position raise by Philippe Boucher, Matthias de Meulder reraised to 14,500 from the small blind, then saw Boucher four-bet to 32,000.
The Belgian player studied for about a half-minute, then declared he was shoving all in, and Boucher didn't waste too much time before stepping aside.
What's worse than busting an EPT? Busting after the flop gives you hope is what. It's no wonder that the Dutch Team PokerStars Pro had the cut of a very down man soon after.