Expectations exceeded on Day 1B at EPT Deauville ME

EPT Deauville

The hosts of EPT Deauville Main Event were probably baffled yesterday when only 234 players bought in, but now they have good reasons to celebrate. 199 more players found it worthwhile to pay €5,300 out of pocket and some of them even took advantage of the late registration perk to re-enter after suffering an untimely elimination.

As Day 1B eventually came to an end, 258 players survived and they will be joining those 134 who survived the first day and those who might choose to buy-in tomorrow before the kickoff. The star of the show was Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier who dressed up for the occasion, in his Assassins’ Creed outfit depicting leading character Ezio. While he won the hearts of those present, he wasn’t too successful at the tables and will bring a tiny stack of 9,900 chips to Day 2.

Other poker pros weren’t even that lucky and were sent to the rail early in the day, with Guillaume Diaz, reigning champion Remi Castaignon and Steve O’Dwyer being among the victims. Jake Cody played solid poker and caught several opponents bluffing, but eventually one of his hero calls proved fatal. He let his fans know about the outcome on Twitter, but said nothing about any rebuys or his intention to attend one of the remaining side events.


Dave ‘Dubai’ Shallow was among the favourites to finish the day as chip leader, but an unfortunate turn of events caused him to hit rock bottom. He lost one big hand against Ayman Zbib, who took advantage of this unexpected boost to finish the day with 181,400 chips. Team PokerStars Pros Vicky Coren is still in the race with a decent stack, but nowhere near the leading pack.

Alain Bauer is within striking distance of the leader and has a bigger stack than Day 1A chip leader Chris Day. Niels van Leeuwen who won the French Poker Series Main Event on Sunday  has a decent chance of repeating his performance in the EPT Deauville Main Event, as he finished the day with 141k chips.

These were the best placed ten players at the end of Day 1B:

  1. Ayman Zbib – 181,400
  2. Alain Bauer – 160,100
  3. Martin Schleich – 152,000
  4. Yerai Iribarren – 151,900
  5. Ludovic Geilich – 142,000
  6. Niels Van Leeuwen – 141,400
  7. Antonio Rodrigues – 122,000
  8. Alexander Leakhov – 121,600
  9. Miroslav Alilovic – 116,300
  10. Sulaiman Sesay – 116,000