EPT Deauville: Brammer top dawg in France
Chris Brammer isn't a gregarious player at the table, he's almost always shelled up in a large pair of over-ear headphones, but in the other sense he's a certainly a lively player. High volume and high VPP, Brammer is often the player betting, raising and opening, behaviour which has no doubt helped him along to the number one spot on the Pocket Fives website as the current world number one ranked online tournament player.
I caught up with Brammer, who plays under the name NigDawG on PokerStars and lehonhonhon on PokerStars.fr, during the break to find out how France is treating him so far. Pretty well it seems.
The Brit had scored a nice little uptick to 39,000 from his starting 30,000 stack but more importantly he scored a runner-up finish in last November's FCOOP* main event. That paid out around €180,000 marking a large return on the €1,000 buy-in.
*The PokerStars.fr version of WCOOP.
That result also served to blast Brammer up the online rankings, an unintended but welcome side effect, but it still took a little more grinding to take the top spot: "It became an ambition, it wasn't at first. I had that big score, checked the rankings and noticed that it put me in the top ten. That gave me something to aim for," said Brammer.
So, yes, going back to the first question, France has been good to him and he's looking to consolidate that here in the flesh at EPT Deauville.
"The French have a different style of play," said Brammer, a hint of a smile giving away his true thoughts, "It usually involves not folding. It's a really easy style to play against."
Brammer, who is frequently backed by EPT winner Toby Lewis, is yet to make major waves on the international scene with modest earnings - as the EPT circuit goes - of $331,916 but did finish Season 1 of the UKIPT top of the leader board after notching up three deep runs, one of which a final table finish, out of nine main events. Many of his contemporaries say it's more a matter of when, not if, Brammer makes a big final table. France has been a happy hunting ground so far and with his stack continuing to move in the right direction - now well over 50,000 - there's no reason to think that this won't be the week he breaks his EPT main event duck.