EPT Deauville Day 1b: Guillaume Darcourt Takes Overall Lead into Day 2

Posted at 22:00 2015-02-03 by William Powell

The Deauville leg of the Season 11 European Poker Tour sponsored by PokerStars continued Monday with the second Day 1 flight, and many of the big names on the circuit participated in what would eventually be a total of 390 entrants. After eight levels of play it was Guillaume Darcourt from France who bested the remaining 227 players with 167,800 chips.

EPT Deauville Day 1A

Alessandro Valli from Italy finished the day in second place with 154,800, closely followed by Andrius Bielskis with 150,200. Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann from Germany bagged up a top 10 stack of 126,100 chips.

There were several former EPT Main Event winners competing on Day 1b including four former Deauville champions. Defending champion Sotirios Koutoupas just failed to make it through when he ran pocket threes into kings in the last level. Remi Castaignon, who won EPT Deaville in 2013, and Lucien Cohen, who won in 2011, ended up on the same table towards the end of play and both managed to bag up chips with 91,800 and 85,600, respectively. Jake Cody entered after the dinner break and ran up that stack to 53,000 chips in the last two levels.

2008 PCA Main Event champion and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier outshined the other previous champions, putting in a strong performance by finishing the day on 123,500.

Some other notables who navigated the Day 1b minefield include Sergio Aido (97,600), Ilan Boujenah (90,900), Michael Tureniec (90,600), Thomas Butzhammer (87,400), Kevin MacPhee (86,300), Govert Metaal (81,600), Marcin Wydrowski (79,500), PokerStars Team Online's Gabriel Nassif (74,700), PokerStars Team Pro Julien Brecard (61,800) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy (54,300).

While those players can look forward to another day in the Main Event with their dreams of a big pay-day still alive, some of those who failed to make it through and go home empty handed include Sofia Lovgren, Georgios Karakousis, Jean-Noel Thorel, Alex Goulder, Davidi Kitai and Artem Litvinov.

Day 1a saw Nathan Gozlan top the leaderboard with 148,500 heading a field of 199, and with the board showing 392 entrants Monday it created a total of 591 entrants. Gozlan will return second in chips, giving France the top two spots. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2, but that number still represents a slight downward trend since the peak of 2011 when 891 players entered.

Top 10 Chip Counts

Guillaume Darcourt167,800
Alessandro Valli154,800
Andrius Bielskis150,200
Nathan Gozlan148,500
Alexander Ivarsson145,800
Michal Mrakes135,900
Emil Ekvardt133,600
Carlo Savinelli131,400
Stefan Schillhabel126,300
Jan Heitmann126,100

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