The moment everyone was waiting for at PokerStars EPT Deauville has arrived, with the first 234 players buying in for the Main Event. Blinds increased every 75 minutes and will continue to do so until level 14, but for the 134 players who survived Day 1, action will resume on Tuesday.
The blinds stand at 300/600 and the average chip stack revolves around the value of 50,000 with almost 30 players crossing that threshold. For those who will return on Day 2 with a short stack, the first couple of hours will be critical, as they will be compelled to take chances. Among those who survived Day 1A are several poker professionals, including some prominent PokerStars Team Pro members.
Pierre Neuville finished outside top 10, with an average stack, while poker pro Marcin Horecki did even better, to finish the day with 71,300 chips. He played aggressive poker and apparently he was very proud of his tactic, as he shared with his Twitter followers how he dominated the table with his preflop raises:
Finished day 1A of #EPTDeauville with 71.300. Pretty sure I had the biggest PFR in the room which was fun but didnt get hands in big pots.
— Marcin Horecki (@MarcinHorecki) January 26, 2014
Another prominent PokerStars Team Pro who will be joining the Day 1B survivors on Tuesday is Eugene Katchalov who was at one point within striking distance of the chip leader. At the end of the day he had to settle for the 12th place and a decent stack of 74,000 chips. He won’t be playing any side event tomorrow and has no intention to spend time at cash game tables, instead he will rest and recharge his batteries:
Finished day 1A if #EPTDeauville main event with 74k from 30k starting. Avg is 51k. Day off Tomo
— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) January 26, 2014
Only 8 players finished the day with more than 100k chips to their name and Barny Boatman is one of them, albeit at the lower end of the list. The loveable poker player enjoyed a relatively smooth ride, with his main concern being to find someone at the premises willing to lend him an iPhone charger so he could keep tweeting his followers.
Can anyone on Deauville lend/sell me an iPhone 5 charger? (So I can do more great tweets like this one.)
— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) January 26, 2014
Chris Day is the chip leader with 154,100, virtually tied for the lead with runner-up Jorma Nuutinen who sits on top for 154k while Tatu Maenpaa comes in third with 142k.
Check out the best placed ten players at the end of Day 1A: (At time of writing)