EPT Deauville, level three and four updates

ept-thumb-promo.jpgUpdates from day one, levels three and four of EPT Deauville, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page.

Check back on the earlier action from today: Levels 1 & 2

Level three: 100-200
Level four: 150-300

4.50pm: End of the level
That, folks, is the end of level four. Players are on a 15-minute break before coming back for level five.

4.45pm: Big all-in re-raise
Jeremy Palvini made it 875 and got one caller before Ludovic Albertini decided to move all in for 24,000. No one wanted to play. The table asked if he would show, and he obliged by peeking at one card, and turning over an ace. "And what about the other?" asked a player. "A king, surely?" he added. But Albertini decided he'd given out enough info and mucked the cards.

4.40pm: Video time
Here's a look at how the video team kicked off today's day 1A...

Watch EPT Deauville 2010: Day 1A Introduction on PokerStars.tv

4.45pm: Still some cold hands about
Three players were still involved in a pot at the turn with the board reading 3♣T♥J♠9♦. The action checked around to Andrew Chen in the cut-off who bet 4,500 and Gerald Pichon was the only caller from the small blind. Both players checked the 8♥ river before Chen revealed pocket kings for an over-pair. Pichon had out flopped him though with pocket jacks for a set. Pichon raked in the pot while apologizing to his opponent for the cooler. Chen down to 34,000 chips.

4.40pm: The first, and last, Noel
Looking for some action? Hang around Pierre Neuville for a few minutes. The amiable Belgian, still smiling after his second place finished in Vilamoura, was the first to tangle in a hand with Stephane Noel, who may not have known at this point that it would be his penultimate hand of the tournament.

On a flop of 6♥5♦T♥ Noel the blinds, Rami Okasha and Neuville checked to Noel who made it 500 to play. With the action back on Neuville in the big blind he bumped it up to 1,700. Not to be outdone though, Noel shoved all-in for around 25,000, forcing Neuville to fold at once.

But any sense of victory was short lived. On the next hand Patrick Masliah opened for 4,5000 on a flop of 6♥3♦6♣. Setting out on another all or nothing charge Noel shoved all-in, getting snap called by Masliah who flipped over A♠A♣ before Noel could show his now meagre looking 9♠9♥. A 5♥ on the turn, a 2♣ on the river and that was that. Noel gone.

4.35pm: Saout struggling
This hasn't been so great for Antoine Saout on his return to France following his Vegas exploits. He's down to about 7,100, although he was even shorter than that prior to the following hand.

Saout button raised and was called by Remi Marrale in the big blind. The flop was Q♦[10h][10s] and after Marrale checked, Saout bet 600, which Marrale called. The turn was 5♣ and again Marrale checked. "Mil cinque," said Saout as he pushed forward two green chips, worth 1,000 apiece. (The bet, however, was 1,500 as all us French speakers know.) Marrale seemed to be thinking about this one - perhaps the opportunity to felt/double up a newly-minted millionaire - but ended up letting it go.


Antoine Saout: not having it all his own way

4.30pm: Jacks will do
With the board showing 6♥4♦9♠9♦, Khier Rezaik bet 4,200 and was called by Joseph El Khoury. Both checked the 7♥ river, and Rezaik's J♥J♠ was good.

4.25pm: Willy win the pot? No
On a 9♣A♠3♠ flop, Willy Korchia bet 2,000, called by Conrad Schormann, a PokerStars qualifier from Germany. Both checked the 8♠ turn, but on 2♦ river Schormann made it 2,900 and Korchia mucked.

4.20pm: Timex raises, folds
Mike McDonald raised to 800 under-the-gun, but it wasn't enough to shift Dan Semenscu, two seats to his left. The two of them were alone to a flop of 3♦K♣9♦, at which point McDonald check-called Semenscu's 1,200 bet. They both checked the next two cards out: 6♥5♥ and Semenscu's A♥9♥ was good.

4.15pm: Nedellec defends, wins
Hannu Korva raised to 750 from mid-position and Marion Nedellec was the only caller, protecting her big blind. The flop came K♠K♦6♠ and they both checked, but Nedellec bet 1,500 at the 8♠ turn and Korva gave it up.

4.11pm: Raise and take
William Mahe raised to 700 from under-the-gun and there were two callers, Nicolas Poloniato from late position and Alejandro Kahn from the button. The three of them saw a flop of 3♦9♠8♣ and Mahe led 1,500 at it. Poloniato was unimpressed and made it 3,5000. The show of aggression persuaded both opponents out of it.

4.10pm: How's it Cohen?
It's warm in the Salles des Ambassador which may go some way to explaining the vague lethargy that's a feature on some tables. At one, for example, I counted six of the nine players resting their head on their hands and at another only the dealer seemed to know where the action was.

Lucien Cohen and Florence Bastien just played a hand together, gently working their way to the end of it. On a flop of J♣A♥J♠ both checked, Cohen on the small blind, chewing the wet end of a thick cigar, and Bastien in middle position, wearing a woollen cap. On the 4♣ turn Cohen made it 2,000 to play, which Bastien called for a 2♣ on the river. Stop right there. No more action, just a check-check to see each player safely to the end of the hand and perhaps onto a more profitable one. A♣K♦ for Cohen, T♠T♥ for Bastien.

4.05pm: On the way back
For reasons unknown to us Jean Rohr's stack had shrunk to around 4,000. Bad luck or bad play? Best not to ask for fear of backlash.

The smile's almost back on his face after a timely double-up through neighbor Pierre Marcaggi. Rohr's last remaining chips went in on the turn with the board reading 5♣6♣7♣J♠. Marcaggi's A♦9♣ needed to improve against Rohr's K♣J♣ but it failed to do so on the 6♠ river.

3.55pm: Confusing chips
Things are always a little different here in Deauville. Take the chips, for example, which are not the usual ones we see on the EPT. These are all different colors and to be honest they are really hard to count.

There are orange 25 chips, then a light blue for the 100s. The 500s are pink, then there are green for 1,000s, a grey for 5,000 and a deep blue for 10,000. Trouble is, when these are all stacked into a pile it's getting increasingly hard to tell the 100s, 1,000s, 5,000s and 10,000s apart as all seem to have a paler edge to them.

That said, we're working hard to bring you accurate counts as often as we can.

3.50pm: Level over
That's it for level three. Level four it is.

3.46pm: Neuville starting gradually
"I haven't won a chip in two hours," mused Pierre Neuville as he went off for break at the end of level two. We're nearing the end of level three now and at least he's now taken a pot, albeit a small one.

The turn was out giving us an A♠4♣5♣3♠ board and Neuville's 1,000 bet was called by his big blind opponent before both checked through the J♦ river. Neuville opened up 6♥5♥ which was good for the pot as the big blind mucked. His stack currently sits at 24,700.


Pierre Neuville: a slow starter

3.45pm: Apples and kings
As Adam Lounis tells his friends about his elimination, he leaves behind a table featuring, among others, Craig Hopkins, the PokerStars qualifier from the UK, who is sitting behind his trademark apple. It's probably not the same apple he sat behind when he made the final table of the PCA a couple of years ago, but it's an apple nonetheless.

Hopkins just lost a small pot to his neighbour Conrad Schormann in a battle of the blinds. Hopkins check-called a bet of 1,500 on the 2♦J♠4♦ flop, then 1,800 on the 8♠ turn but faced no further betting from Schormann on the A♣ river. Schormann showed K♥K♠ and that was good.

On a neighbouring table, Antoine Saout was also showed pocket kings by his opponent. There were four players to a flop of A♦2♥5♥ and after Ruben Smadja checked, Saout bet 1,600. Pierre Marcaggi raised to 3,500 and both other players folded, leaving the decision on Saout.

He didn't take it easily, but eventually passed and was shown K♥K♠ by Marcaggi. Saout shrugged and prepared for the next hand.

3.30pm: Aces come third
Three players saw a flop of K♠K♥2♦. They were Mika Paasonen, Alin Pandlica and Charles De Haas, who had been the pre-flop raiser. It got fairly busy from here, with Pandlica betting 1,600, and the other two calling. The turn was 5♦ and it was checked around to Pandlica again, who bet 3,000, which was called in both spots once more. The river was 9♥ and again it was checked to Pandlica, who bet 4,000 this time.

Paasonen insta-called but De Haas looked mighty aggrieved at the situation. Eventually, he lifted up his cards and exposed black aces to his neighbour, but then let them go. Good decision: Pandlica showed K♦J♦ and Paasonen flashed K♣ as he mucked.

3.25pm: Poor Monsieur Lounis
Sometimes you've got to say to yourself: "Today is just not your day". Adam Lounis may well be saying that right now after being eliminated. We reported the "cooler" hand in the last level where he flopped a set under and opponent's set. This time he got it all in pre-flop with A♠A♥ and found himself up against an opponent's J♣J♦. All looking good you would think? Not after a jack fell on the flop to send him on his way.


Adam Lounis

3.20pm: A triumphant bluff
On a 9♣9♠7♦ flop, Ludovic Albertini faced a bet of 975 and promptly re-raised to 2,000. That was enough to take the pot, but Albertini then had a little "Hollywood" moment, turning his two cards over with a "well, look what I had" burst of enthusiasm... A♣2♣.

The table was not as impressed as he may have hoped.

3.18pm: Double up for Marks
This may be a deep-stacked marathon, but PokerStars qualifier Ian Prevost from the US is down to his last 2,000 or so after this monster pot. While Prevost is down, the beneficiary was Anthony Marks from the UK, who now has 55,000.

We caught up with the board showing 2♥5♠5♥A♦. Marks made it 6,000 and Prevost moved all in for around 25,000 more. Call.

Prevost: A♣K♣
Marks: A♥3♥

Marks had a lot of outs, but his tournament was on the line. The river came K♥, fitting the 'out' description nicely and giving him the nut flush.

3.15pm: Table bully
Rui Cao came to our attention for the first time in Prague, where he was one of the early chip leaders. Today in his native France, he's showing the kind a style that took him into that early lead, raising just about every single pot, acting almost instantly, and keeping the action on table 28 tearing along.

First hand back from the break and Cao made it 475 from mid position. That was good for the blinds and the antes. On the next hand, he met more resistance. Cao raised to 475 again but Joost Poelhuis (from Holland, where they know a thing or two about aggro play) raised to 1,275. Cao called. The flop came 5♠2♦8♥ and Cao allowed Poelhuis to take over, check-calling a bet of 1,800. Both players checked the 6♦ turn and the 8♦ river and Cao showed [10h][10s], which was good.

Under-the-gun, Cao again raised to 475 and this time picked up the EPT Warsaw finalist Anatoly Gurtovoy, on the button, and Fabian Gentile in the big blind. The flop was A♥Q♦A♦ and everyone checked. The turn was 9♣ and after Cao checked, Gurtovoy bet 650, which only Cao called. The river was 4♠ and both checked, prompting something of a stand off as to who needed to show their cards first. The dealer said it was Gurtovoy, as his was the last aggressive action, but Cao said he didn't care and tabled Q♥8♥, which was enough to send Gurtovoy's cards into the muck.

3.05pm: Two on the trot for Lang Van
Julien Lang Van just won two pots in a row to put him up to 38,000.

Firstly he called a raise from neighbor Francois Hemmer to the value of 700. The big blind called too before the flop of 6♠8♥9♠. The big blind moved out of the way though when Hemmer continued with a 1,000 bet. Lang Van called and then bet 1,500 when Hemmer checked to him on the 2♠ turn. Hemmer made the call and then both players checked through the A♦ river. Hemmer opened ace-ten but Lang Van took the pot with 5♠5♥.

The very next hand Lang Van three-bet Leon Cohen's 600 early position raise up to 1,250. Cohen made the call but check-folded to his opponent's 1,525 bet on the A♣T♠7♠ flop

2.50pm: Out!
The day 1a field has undergone its customary cull. Not because there are a rash of early bust-outs, but because numerous players have opted to switch to tomorrow's starting day. Goodbye (until tomorrow) to Peter Eastgate, Dario Minieri, Jude Ainsworth and Joe Beevers - all registered for the tournament but taking a day off today.

2.50pm: Back from the break
Players are returning form the break. Play will be under way again soon.

Marion Nedellec