We had a somewhat shorter day of it yesterday at the PokerStars.fr 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:
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.