2014 has already started in the same fashion as 2013 ended with records being broken all over the world with regards to live poker tournaments. The latest one to do so is the EPT Deauville with the France Poker Series Main Event after 766 players bought in for Day 1b to bring a total field for the event up to an FPS Main Event record of 1,112.
This means that we are looking at a first place payout of around €200k for this event, though the prize pool information has not yet been released officially.
Each of these players had parted ways with a buy-in worth €1,100 but only less than half of that field for Day 1b in 332 will now be progressing to Day 2. They will join the 140 survivors from Day 1a to give us a total of 472 that will start the day when the action resumes today at noon local time in France.
Of the players to do the best on Day 1b we had Florian Ribouchon leading the chip counts with 210,000 whilst there were other big performances from the likes of Darko Stojanovic on 205,200, Erik Dalland on 186,600 and well known pro Michael Tureniec on 166,700 and further back one can see the likes of Sergio Aido and Dominik Nitsche.
Among the notable names to bow out on Day 1b were the likes of WPT winner Giacomo Fundaro, Zimnan Ziyard, David Vamplew, Bruno Fitoussy and PokerStars Team Pro Marcin Horecki. Each of them will now be setting their sights on the FPS High Roller and of course the many EPT Deauville events that are approaching.
We will be following this event as well as that High Roller over the next few days so be sure to check in with us from time to time to keep yourself on top of the action that goes down.
The Top Ten From Day 1b
1st) Florian Ribouchon – 210,000
2nd) Darko Stojanovic – 205,200
3rd) Erik Dalland – 186,600
4th) Philippe Barouk – 178,400
5th) Bruno Soutavong – 166,700
6th) Michael Tureniec – 166,700
7th) Daniel Erlandsen – 165,500
8th) Ori Hasson – 156900
9th) Ibrahim Hhassan – 147,600
10th) Benjamin Grazed – 142,700