€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Dario Sammartino at the Summit After Day 2 of PokerStars.fr EPT Main Event

[user265690] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

On Tuesday, Day 2 of the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event concluded. While no one could hit it rich on the second day of action, the players would discover how much they could win as registration closed and the prize pool information was released.

With 671 players in the field, a prize pool of €3,220,800 was generated and the top 95 spots were set to earn a minimum of €9,500. All eyes were at the top of the ladder, though, as a whopping €614,000 would be waiting there for the eventual winner.

The man best positioned of the 137 players still in contention was Dario Sammartino. His day was one built on good folds and a little bit of luck, but the Italian does have experience with making a deep run in an EPT event. Previously, his best EPT result came from a 19th-place finish in the Season 9 Grand Final. He's also riding a little bit of a current hot streak after placing third in the France Poker Series Deauville High Roller earlier this week for €63,800.

Other players who enjoyed a successful Day 2 included EPT8 Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (392,500), Norbert Szcesi (386,900), Jonathan Abdellatif (351,700) and Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov (345,700). Although, of course, all of these players must be aware as a big stack can be gone in minutes — just ask Ayman Zbib, who started the day as chip leader, but was out inside two levels after losing half his stack early on.

Katchalov is the name that sticks out from that bunch of top stacks, and he will enter Day 3 fifth overall in chips. We're still a few days away from crowning a champion, but if Katchalov can win he will complete the Triple Crown. During Day 2, Katchalov won a big pot against EPT9 Barcelona champion Mikalai Pobal and eliminated Bruno Lopes.

The Ukrainian won't be the only member of Team PokerStars back for Day 3, either. He'll be joined by teammates Jan Heitmann (88,000), Alex Kravchenko (105,000), Julien Brecard (44,400), and Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville (50,400).

On the flip side of things, other members of the team weren't so fortunate. It was a frustrating day for Marcin Horecki, as he lost a big pot with ace-queen against pocket kings to leave him short before he busted. Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof was also eliminated.

Tuesday was the first day of the live streaming on PokerStars.tv, and if viewers were as late as some of the players were in joining the action they'd have missed EPT6 champion Anton Wigg losing a huge 180,000-chip pot. The Swede busted shortly thereafter, and was joined by the likes of fellow former champions Toby Lewis and Kevin MacPhee. Later on in the day, the late exits of Jannick Wrang and Nicolas Chouity confirmed Ziyard as the only player able to win a second EPT Main Event title and become the first to accomplish such a feat.

On Wednesday, Day 2 will commence at 12 p.m. local time. You can find all of the event updates right here on PokerNews.com, so be sure to stay tuned for more poker action from the tournament floor in Deauville.

In the meantime, enjoy the following interview with European poker legend Barny Boatman:

Tags: Alex KravchenkoDario SammartinoEugene KatchalovJan HeitmannKevin MacPheeNatalie Hof

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user76023] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 427,700 82,700
Zimnan Ziyard gb
Zimnan Ziyard
gb 392,500 92,500
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
hu 386,900 294,900
Jonathan Abdellatif be
Jonathan Abdellatif
be 351,700 131,700
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
ua 345,700 65,700
Loredan Hanganu RO
Loredan Hanganu
RO 329,100 65,100
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
gr 317,100 241,000
Kamel Boukhalfa fr
Kamel Boukhalfa
fr 289,700 182,100
Anthony Lerust FR
Anthony Lerust
FR 288,600 78,600
Patrick Bruel fr
Patrick Bruel
fr 277,400 185,100
Alexander Goulder gb
Alexander Goulder
gb 272,200 250,600
Marko Laine FI
Marko Laine
FI 264,900 211,600
Jesper Hansen dk
Jesper Hansen
dk 257,500 55,500
Victor Ilyukhin gb
Victor Ilyukhin
gb 257,000 17,000
Julia Vassort AD
Julia Vassort
AD 253,000 167,100
Tobias Wagner de
Tobias Wagner
de 248,200 65,700
JP Kelly gb
JP Kelly
gb 247,000 191,000
Gaetano Dell`Aera BE
Gaetano Dell`Aera
BE 246,200 170,700
Alexandre Amiel fr
Alexandre Amiel
fr 245,000 187,400
Renato Almeida pt
Renato Almeida
pt 239,000 182,400
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 237,000 155,000
Alberto Fiorilla IT
Alberto Fiorilla
IT 233,600 145,400
Ihar Soika by
Ihar Soika
by 229,800 168,900
Mikolaj Zawadzki pl
Mikolaj Zawadzki
pl 229,700 119,400
Aurelien Soutchkov FR
Aurelien Soutchkov
FR 226,200 106,200

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Von Perger Doubles in the Confusion

Webjoker • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Jamila Von Perger
Jamila Von Perger

Dario Sammartino opened the cutoff with a raise and Jamila von Perger pushed all in from the button for 51,900. Carlos Queiroz Ferreira from France didn't see Von Perger's push and wanted to call just Sammartino's raise. He said call though, and the floor had to come over to make a ruling. The floor ruled that Ferreira had to call Von Perger's push and Sammartino quickly went out of the way.

Von Perger didn't seem too happy just yet, despite having the best hand with {A-Clubs}{6-Spades}. That ace-six was vulnerable though, Ferreira was live with his {K-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Nobody would hit though on {7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Von Perger breathed a big sigh of relief doubling up in the last hand.

Jamila Von Perger de
Jamila Von Perger
de 110,000 50,000

Tags: Dario SammartinoJamila Von Perger

The Daily EPT10 Player of the Year Update (1-28-14)

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The European Poker Tour Season 10 Player of the Year race is on, and as you know players will be able to accumulate points in all events throughout Season 10, regardless of the buy-in level. In addition, all of the Festival Events (Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, FPS, IPT) that combine with an EPT tour stop will be eligible for Player of the Year points. The winner of this season’s award will walk away with €50,000 in Main Event buy-ins, good for any PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored event.

The Global Poker Index (GPI) points formula, which will be used to determine the EPT10 POY, is a bit complicated, but you can read about all the details here. Best French player? Erwann Pecheux in the number 92 spot.

Here are the current top ten on the EPT10 POY Leaderboard (last updated Jan. 28, 2014):

Ole Schemion
Ole Schemion

1Ole Schemion781.39
2Vanessa Selbst736.22
3Thomas Muhlocker594.30
4Georgios Karakousis512.31
5Mike McDonald490.74
6Jonathan Little480.01
7Kenny Hallaert416.40
8Andrew Chen414.18
9Max Silver412.50
10Jeff Rossiter408.43

It's worth noting that the only player in the top ten at Deauville is Kenny Hallaert, so he'll look to close the gap a bit between him and Ole Schemion.

We'll be bringing you daily updates on the Player of the Year race, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

Tags: EPT Player of the YearEPT POYGlobal Poker IndexGPI

Need to Learn German? Nein. You Already Know It

Shamus • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Jan Heitmann
Jan Heitmann

Jan Heitmann's up-and-down Day 2 at EPT Deauville has been shared with his thousands of Twitter followers. And although he officially writes in German, you only really need one language to understand him. You need to speak: Poker.

Jan HeitmannIch raise AA UTG. Alter Franzose callt Middle Position. Flop JJ4, zwei Pik, Turn 4, River T. Ich spiele bet-bet-bet und er raist River!??

Click and read how the PokerStars Blog, and Herr Heitmann, makes German speakers of us all.

Tags: PokerStarsJan Heitmann

Last Five Hands

[user76023] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The tournament director has announced the last five hands for the day and then we will be finished.

Chidwick Wins Big

[user76023] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Stephen Chidwick has just picked a huge pot after he eliminated Nuri Hakan Demircioglu. The latter went for a huge bluff with {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs} on a {3-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} board but Chidwick had flopped a full house with {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} to leave Demircioglu drawing virtually dead.

Nothing changed on the {7-Hearts} turn and {J-Clubs} river and Chidwick now has a cool quarter of a million chips.

Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 250,000
Nuri Hakan Demircioglu
Nuri Hakan Demircioglu

Are You Using the Skrill MasterCard Yet?

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

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What’s more, Skrill VIPs can now use their Skrill Prepaid MasterCard anywhere in the world, with no limitations on country restrictions. Previously, the MasterCard could only be requested if a user is in the European Union, but Skrill has now expanded its borders and that is great news for you.

Becoming a Skrill VIP is a simple process and one that could see you reaping in the rewards quicker than ever before if you apply for a Skrill VIP account via PokerNews. Send at least €2,000 to merchants in 30 days and not only will you become a Skrill VIP, but you will also receive 1% cashback on selected transactions!

Signing up for a Skrill account via PokerNews also gives you the opportunity to claim a free $20, too. Find out more about that particular fantastic offer in this article.

If you do not currently have a Skrill account, now is the time to rectify that situation. Imagine how amazing it would be to have your poker bankroll funds at your fingertips as the holiday season rapidly approaches, or to travel to foreign events and not be restricted by how much money can be taken. It is possible thanks to the Skrill Prepaid MasterCard, a card you can get your hands on the click of a button. Do so today!

Tags: Skrill