The slow down in the main event is significant enough that the High Roller has now caught it up. Almost precisely at the time that they final 16 main event players redrew for the last two tables, they did exactly the same in the High Roller event.
Of course, all things aren't precisely equal. When the main event started today with 24 players, we were in level 23 and deep into the money. When the High Roller reconvened with 53 today, they were only in level 11 (which are one-hour long) and still a long way off the bubble.
Indeed, only 12 are paid at all, so there might be a slow-down of their own over there pretty soon.
When the redraw took place, the final two tables of the High Roller looked like this...
1 - Martin Jacobson
2 - Vicky Coren
3 - Davidi Kitai
4 - Bryn Kenney
5 - Vladimir Troyanovski
6 - Timothy Reilly
7 - Ilan Boujenah
8 - Vojtech Ruzicka
1 - Steven Silverman
2 - Adrian Mateos
3 - Jonathan Duhamel
4 - Kevin MacPhee
5 - Alain Goldberg
6 - Andras Nemeth
7 - Janos Nagygyorgy
8 - Alexandre Reard
...but in the early going, both Vladimir Troyanovski and Ilan Boujenah bust.
With all due respect to Boujenah (who lost with ace-king against Vicky Coren's aces), the elimination of Troyanovski is the one that will have surprised observers the most.
Not only was Troyanovski second in chips coming back this morning, but he has also of late become something of a big buy-in monster, having made the final table of the High Roller and the Super High Roller at the PCA. Three in a row would have been one hell of an achievement, but one suspects the former World of Warcraft player would have expected even more. He came second in the the second of those PCA events, so was surely expecting to win this time.
Not to be.
Even after those two left us, the line up here still boasts two former EPT Champions, a former WSOP Main Event champion, a two-time EPT runner-up, the youngest ESPT winner, a WCOOP main event runner up, and a luck sack. Pass the time trying to match player with description. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
Throughout the day, our live coverage will be on the EPT Deauville main event page. And you can also watch it on EPT Live on PokerStars.tv. But there's also the High Roller playing its second day simultaneously. Tune in to that too.
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