144 Players Play Through to EPT Deauville Day 3

Dario Sammartino

Registration remained open until the start of Day 2 of the EPT Deauville Main Event. One player took advantage and joined the remaining players from Day 1A and 1B to result in a total field of 671 runners in the €5,300 event. The Main Event champion will take home a hefty €614,000 and 95th receiving €9,500.

Of those that started 144 will return to play tomorrow on Day 3 with the money bubble fast approaching. The play was very fast the short stacks sought to obtain competitive stacks and big stacks looked to extent their leads.

PokerStars Pro Elky Grospellier started the day on a very short stack and was eliminated early in the competition when he shoved with pocket threes when his opponent’s naked Ace came out on top on a 6-9-9-5-6 board. An obviously enraged Elky left the tournament area, but apparently calmed down and plans to play the High Roller event.


The combined Day 1A and 1B chip leader Ayman Zbib who started the day with 181,400 was eliminated just two levels into the day after losing two big pots in short order.

Level 14 was the final one for Barny Boatman as he was eliminated by Ayaz Manji. Boatman called Manji’s play a slow roll. Manji also received  a one round penalty for excessive celebration. Boatman said he was card dead most of the day. He had earlier tweeted his strategy for the day; which obviously did not work out.

Jamila von Perger, one of poker’s rising stars and winner of the Ladies’ event earlier in the week had an very eventful day. She doubled up in Level 11. Her fortunes turned in Level 14 when all the chips were in the middle with von Perger holding Ace-King against the red 10’s of her opponent. Her opponent rivered a flush and von Perger shipped 130,000 chips across the table. On the last hand of the day, von Perger double up and ended the day with 110,000 chips, keeping her in the running for another championship.


Other players with good outings today included Stephen Chidwick, Chris Day and Eugene Katchalov.



All of the players however are looking up to Chip Leader Dario Sammartino whose steady play throughout the day earned him a 427,200 chip stack.

The Top 10 Chip Stacks ( At the time of writing):

1 Dario Sammartino 427,200
2 Zimnan Ziyard 392,500
3 Norbert Szecsi 386,900
4 Jonathan Abdellatif 351,700
5 Eugene Katchalov 345,700
6 Loredan Hanganu 329,100
7 Sotirios Koutoupas 317,100
8 Carlos Queiroz Ferreira 290,000
9 Anthony Lerust 288,600
10 Patrick Bruel 277,400

The Top 10 Payouts

1          €614,000
2          €379,500
3          €271,200
4          €207,800
5          €164,600
6          €128,200
7          €93,000
8          €63,900
9          €50,530
10-11   €41,200