EPT8 Deauville: A tale of two stacks, Lewis down, Adeniya up
Martins Adeniya and Toby Lewis are within a couple of feet each other. Both are young, British and undoubtedly good players but that's where the similarities end today. Adeniya is sat bolt upright in his chair, right hand constantly riffling a small stack of chips from his enormous pile which is weighing in at around 550,000. Lewis has less than half of that, an amount that he's huddling over, arms wrapped around in front, and trying to guide through into the money then onwards and upwards. It's not working out that well so far.
When I arrived at the table Lewis' stack was around 240,000 deep, 12,000 of which was made of black 100 ante chips, more than anyone else at his table, a sign of someone that has been winning plenty of pre-flop pots. Unfortunately for Lewis he doesn't appear to be winning any other kind: Lewis leads 14,000 into a 8♥J♣6♠ flop out of the small blind and is called by Julien Claudepierre in the cut-off. The EPT Vilamoura champ checks the T♦ turn and folds to a 26,000 bet. Lewis is left with 220,000 and a look that can only be described as despondent. He tilts his head up towards the clock, it reads 150 players with 20 minutes left of the 1500-3000 level. Another 22 players must fall before the money kicks in. This has not been a good level for Lewis, who started the day on 278,000. He's a long way from the danger zone but his downward trend is not a welcome one.
At the next table along Adeniya is playing most pots, not winning all of them, but coming out on top in the balance. Bruno Jais opens to 7500 from the button and Adeniya three-bets to 16,500 out of the small blind. Jais makes the call. Adeniya fires 17,000 into the 7♣2♦J♣ flop. The Frenchman makes the call. Adeniya bets 23,400 into the 9♠ turn. Jais does not make the call. The pot gets pushed to Adeniya who quickly squirrels them into his stack.
Back to Lewis who opens under-the-gun to 6000, American Todd Terry sits in the big blind, but the action is forced long before it reaches him with a shove by Pierre Nousse. Lewis flicks his cards away as he drops close to 200,000. He looks up to the clock again, 145 players remain with five minutes left on the clock. This is not going as planned. Lewis is the only former EPT winner left in the field and on his able shoulders rests the hopes of a first double title holder being crowned here in Deauville. Bar some kind of cooler Lewis should at least add to his $1,193,418 live tournament winnings pushing him into the top 50 on the English all-time money list.