Vanessa Hellebuyck leads PokerStars FPS Amand
The PokerStars France Poker Series continues to generate heat as it makes its mark on the French poker scene.
The first event in Beaulieu-sur-Mer saw 149 runners chasing a €40,123 first prize. Then last month the tournament in Divonne saw 399 runners battle it out for a first prize of €108,894. Now the third stop in Saint Amand has attracted another healthy field of 223 players, with 84 of those having secured their seats through qualification on PokerStars for much less than the €1,200 entry fee.
All that means the field at the Casino Partouche is fighting for a slice of a €233 488 prize pool, of which €63,000 will go to the winner. A total of 32 players will be paid.
Yesterday saw Vanessa Hellebuyck from France finish as Day 1 chip leader with 245,500 chips, followed by Franck Cartigny with 242,100. The average stack is 96,100. Among those through to Day 2 today are Alain Roy and Philippe Narboni.
You can follow the action live on our sister French PokerStars Blog. If you are as confused as me about the apparent description of fine wines, baguettes and cheese, then perhaps you should find out what Henri Frey is really writing about by using Google Translate.