The first important poker event played on European soil in 2014 has begun with EPT Deauville and the France Poker Series Main Event is the first major event of the festival.
A total of 322 players bought in for the €1,100 event and 140 of them will return for Day 2 while more are expected to tag along today for Day 1b, so the prize pool has plenty of room to grow.
The event takes place at Casino Barrière and it will come to an end this weekend, with the prize pool expected to exceed half a million euros. It comes as no surprise that poker pros took a great interest in this event.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier is widely regarded as one of the best tournament players in the world and is one of the famous players that opted to play the event.
37k to finish day1a of #FPSDeauville Had 42k after 2 levels :/ thanks everyone for support.
— Bertrand Grospellier (@elkypoker) January 22, 2014
The average stack is 56k chips which means that the Italian Raffaele Sorrentino who leads the pack with 181,600 has good reason to celebrate. A total of 18 players accumulated more than 100k chips throughout Day 1a, but Si Mohamed Moutchou is the most serious contender for the chip leader, with a stack of 171,300 chips.
These were the most successful top ten players of the day and the stacks (at time of writing) they will be bringing to the table on Friday when PokerStars France Poker Series Main Event in Deauville resumes:
1) Raffaele Sorrentino – 181,600
2) Si Mohamed Moutchou – 171,300
3) Kamel Djemai – 146,600
4) Anthony Michon – 145,900
5) Benjamin Landa Resbeut – 129,100
6) Yohan Figueiras – 123,300
7) Payam Ansarian – 123,100
8) Loic Florentin – 123,000
9) Olivier Paris – 120,000
10) Christian Boucetta – 117,100