2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville

€5,300 Main Event
Day: 5
Event Info

2014 PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

€5,300 Main Event

Day 5 Completed

Sotirios Koutoupas leads PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Final Table; Eugene Katchalov Second

Level 26 : 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante
Sotirios Koutoupas
Sotirios Koutoupas

There would be no curse of the chip leader on Day 5 of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event as Sotirios Koutoupas led from wire to wire to take a huge lead to the final table of eight.

The 31-year-old from Thessaloniki, who finished runner-up at the EPT Prague Main Event Season 9, is looking to become the first Greek player to win an EPT and he did his chances the world of good on Day 5. He came into the day with a slight chip lead and in the two and a half levels that it took to go from 16 to 8 he just kept on extending it. He'll start the final table with almost double the chips of Eugene Katchalov who is second. Should Katchalov be the one hoisting the trophy tomorrow he'll become just the sixth player to complete the live Triple Crown. That is win a WPT Main Event, a WSOP Bracelet and a EPT Main Event title.

Koutoupas was responsible for three eliminations on Day 5, those of Jean-Yves Malherbe, Dimitri Holdeew and the one that set the final table. On the final hand of the day he opened with pocket eights, was flat called by Harry Law and then called Florian Ribouchon's sixteen big blind three-bet squeeze shove. Ribouchon had pocket sixes, missed and just eight remained. This is how those eight stack up:

SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blind
1Oliver Price1,735,00043
2Harry Law3,130,00078
3Carlo De Benedittis685,00017
5Eugene Katchalov3,280,00082
6Anthony Lerust1,295,00032
7Eli Heath2,475,00062
8Rustem Muratov1,070,00027
9Sotirios Koutoupas6,400,000160

The other seven finalists all got there in their own way. For Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov his was a day that initially looked to be going awry. He lost a big pot to JP Kelly to dip to 35 big blinds but that was as bad as it got for the Triple Crown chasing Ukrainian. He won some back from Kelly and then eliminated Tatu Maenpaa in 14th place with {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} against {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. That pot gave him a million chip boost and took him to 2,236,000. He then put on a short-handed poker clinic and won the next million almost without showdown. As Nicolas Levi said in the commentary booth, "He's playing pots in position and chipping up with little risk." He'll start second tomorrow and the Triple Crown dream is well and truly alive.

Just four big blinds behind Katchalov in third is Harry Law, one of three Brits to make the final table. He was responsible for the first exit of the day when his {10-Spades}{9-Spades} went from worst to first against Bahram Chobineh's {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} on a {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} flop. That aside, the player who admits he doesn't play a lot of tournaments, just quietly went about his business and flew under the radar.

His British counterpart Eli Heath was another for whom just standing still whilst others fell around him seemed to work out pretty well. Having a chipped up Katchalov on his left all day didn't help of course, but it wasn't until a final flourish that Heath would build the stack that sees him start fourth tomorrow. The biggest pot he played all day came with ten players left and would see him eliminate JP Kelly.

The action was folded to Eli Heath on the button, he raised to 45,000, Eugene Katchalov called from the small blind and JP Kelly then three-bet 190,000 from a stack of 1,046,000. Back on Heath he four-bet to 340,000, Katchalov folded but Kelly moved all-in for 1,046,000 and Heath said, "yeah I call."

Heath: {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Kelly: {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

"What a brave four-bet call with eights" said Nicholas Levi in the commentary booth, "he's got to be happy to see ace-king," added Joe Stapleton. Heath was even happier after the {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts} board kept his pair of eights in front. Will the bravery be rewarded with victory tomorrow?

Of those who find themselves in the 'bottom half' then Oliver Price is perhaps the one who has most cause to consider himself unlucky. He came into the day 6/16 and steadily built his chip stack all day, mostly at the expense of Alex Goulder. First he won a bit pot with a raise on the river and then took Goulder's remaining thirty big blinds in a classic race to eliminate Goulder in eleventh. At that point he had 2,700,000 but then ran pocket jacks into Anthony Lerust's pocket kings to drop back into the pack. For Lerust that pot kept him alive and he'll start in sixth tomorrow.

Although he's the second shortest stack going to the final table, Rustem Muratov has already surpassed even his wildest expectations. Muratov qualified for EPT Deauville on PokerStars for just €82 and as well as reaching the final table today, he also won the EPT Deauville Skrill Last Longer banking another €5,300. The 41-year-old from Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia, is headed for the biggest live cash of his life. Muratov, who works as a distributor for the electrical equipment company, is guaranteed at least €63,900 for making the EPT Deauville final and whatever happens, is already up at least €69,118. This is his first ever EPT, only his fourth live tournament, and is by some way the biggest buy-in event he’s competed in. He said: "I’m already very happy. My best result before now was winning the seat for this event!"

He was one of the shortest stacks at the start of the day but doubled up through Tatu Maenpaa and kept his stack ticking over mostly by three-bet shoving.

Whilst Carlo De Benedittis might be the shortest in terms of chips, he might just have the biggest personality. He qualified for just €20 and every day since he got to Deauville, he’s made it a mission to get nearer and nearer the sea; today he dipped his toe in. It was freezing but he’s now thinking that he might have to go for a swim tomorrow to keep up his good luck. At one stage today he hit a one outer against Sotirios Koutoupas to survive, and was so relaxed he got his phone out to photograph the board. Then against the same player, who was the overwhelming chip leader at the time, he three-bet half his stack on a {3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop and showed {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. He can play a bit too and eliminated Alexandre Amiel in twelfth place in a pair against pair situation.

Play will start tomorrow with 41 minutes and 34 seconds left in the level. A reminder that the final table is 'cards up' and as such we'll be blogging on a one hour delay so live coverage on here and pokerstars.tv will start at 1pm local time.

Tags: Anthony LerustCarlo De BenedittisEli HeathEugene KatchalovFlorian RibouchonHarry LawJP KellyOliver PriceRustem MuratovSotirios Koutoupas

Official Final Table Chip Counts (full)

Level 26 : 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante
SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blind
1Oliver Price1,735,00043
2Harry Law3,130,00078
3Carlo De Benedittis685,00017
4Eugene Katchalov3,280,00082
5Anthony Lerust1,295,00032
6Eli Heath2,475,00062
7Rustem Muratov1,070,00027
8Sotirios Koutoupas6,400,000160
Player Chips Progress
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
EPT 1X Winner
6,400,000 1,229,000
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
3,280,000 72,000
Harry Law gb
Harry Law
3,130,000 130,000
Eli Heath gb
Eli Heath
2,475,000 75,000
Oliver Price gb
Oliver Price
1,735,000 -234,000
Anthony Lerust fr
Anthony Lerust
1,295,000 -280,000
Rustem Muratov ru
Rustem Muratov
1,070,000 -43,000
Carlo De Benedittis it
Carlo De Benedittis
685,000 -144,000

Tags: Eugene KatchalovSotirios Koutoupas

Florian Ribouchon Eliminated in 9th Place (€50,530)

Level 26 : 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante
Florian Ribouchon
Florian Ribouchon

Chip leader Sotirios Koutoupas opened under the gun plus one to 80,000 a min raise. Koutoupas had been involved in several pots since the start of the 9 handed situation and he got a call from another active player; Harry Law.

Law, seated under the gun plus two, wasn't the one ending up being the most involved though. After Law called it was Florian Ribouchon shoving all in from the cutoff for 620,000 (almost 16 big blinds). Koutoupas made the call and after Law folded we had what could be the last showdown of the day.

Ribouchon had {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} in front of him and needed to look for improvement as Koutoupas tabled {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}.

No help for the Frenchman on a {7-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} board and he exited in 9th place. He takes home €50,530. With that the final eight players are done for the day, they will return tomorrow to play the final table.

We'll be back shortly with an end of day recap and the official chip counts.

Player Chips Progress
Florian Ribouchon fr
Florian Ribouchon

Tags: Sotirios KoutoupasFlorian RibouchonHarry Law

Chun Ho Law Wins One from Eli Heath

Level 26 : 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante

eli Heath opened to 80,000 from the under the gun plus two position. A couple of spotd down was his countryman Chun Ho Law on the button. Law made it 205,000 to go, which scared both blinds easily. Action back on Heath who made the call.

Heath checked to Law on {7-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Law continued his pre flop agression with a 225,000 follow up bet. Heath called.

The {K-Diamonds} hit the turn and for the second time in a row Heath checked. Law now bet 450,000 and Heath folded rather quickly.

Player Chips Progress
Harry Law gb
Harry Law
3,000,000 493,000
Eli Heath gb
Eli Heath
2,400,000 -505,000

Tags: Chun Ho LawEli Heath

Heath Takes One From Lerust

Level 26 : 20,000/40,000, 5,000 ante

On the second hand of the level Eli Heath took a pot from Anthony Lerust, further cementing his position as the third biggest chip stack.

Lerust opened to 80,000 from under-the-gun, Heath smooth called and everyone else folded. "These should be some pretty strong ranges given we're nine handed on the final table bubble," said Joe Stapleton in the commentary booth. On the {Q-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} flop Lerust bet 100,000 and Heath smooth called.

The {J-Hearts} hit the turn, Lerust checked to Heath and folded when the Brit bet 180,000.

Tags: Anthony LerustEli Heath

Level: 26

Blinds: 20,000/40,000

Ante: 5,000