Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Travel Report: 2013 EPT Deauville Main Event, Day 2

Was another gray, windy day in Deauville yesterday. A few drops of rain caused me to stick my umbrella in my bag for the short walk over to the Casino Barrière de Deauville yesterday morning, and it was still cool and brisk for the walk back around late last night.

We had a somewhat shorter day of it yesterday at the EPT Deauville Main Event, as they played two fewer levels and skipped the dinner break. After we finished, Matt, Chris, and I again ate at the Le Plaza Café in the casino, where I enjoyed a tasty dish of cuisse de canard (duck leg) with potatoes and a salad. Have really only been able to have one meal each day, getting coffee in the mornings at the hotel’s buffet and snacking on sandwiches and such otherwise. But I have eaten relatively well here thus far.

From 782 starters they are down to 154 already, which means the money bubble will burst sometime today (at 120). Also means we’ll probably have a relatively short day either today or tomorrow, as they’ll aim to play down to 24 by the end of Thursday, then down to eight on Friday to ready for Saturday’s final table.

Nearly half of the entrants were French (385), with no other country even coming close to that percentage. The next closest is Russia (43), Germany (40), and the U.K. (36), while the U.S. only sent 10 players. Here’s a nifty pie chart from EPT Media Co-ordinator Mad Harper reflecting the nationalities of the players:

Andrei Stoenescu of Romania leads currently. He made an EPT Main Event final table last year in Madrid, finishing third. And Zimnan “Zimmie” Ziyard, winner of EPT Loutraki in 2011, is in second position. Others with big stacks going into Day 3 include James Mitchell, Sam Grafton, Gordon Huntly, Jason Koon, and Pascal LeFrancois.

Tons of Team PokerStars Pros here, as expected, though just three are still alive through Day 2: Matthias de Meulder, Sandra Naujoks, Vanessa Rousso. Both Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille played in this event, too, although both went out during play yesterday.

A couple of our fearsome foursome of bloggers will be splitting off on Thursday and Friday to cover the High Roller event. That one has a €10,000 + €300 buy-in with a single rebuy, and will be played eight-handed. Last year saw 72 entries in the High Roller, with the Frenchman Eric Sfez coming out on top.

Am hoping to get out here at some point to explore some of the shops and places we have been seeing on our walks to and from the casino. Also expect with an early night in here somewhere to get out to one of the several restaurants being recommended to me by the guys who have been here before.

Back to the poker today, though. As always, you can follow along over at PokerNews and on the PokerStars blog.

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