EPT9 Deauville Day 4: Hadaya leads as field to go from 51 to 24

We return at yet another critical stage of the EPT Deauville main event, following on from the critical stages of yesterday, and the preceding those critical stages that will inevitably strike tomorrow. The field of 782 has been slashed now to just 51, a number considerably lower than expected after three full days of play, and which will simmer down to a final 24 by the close. It suggests a short day, but then there is enough aggravation in the list below to cause otherwise.

1 1 Mathew Frankland, UK, 606,000
1 2 Lucas Reeves, UK, 307,000
1 3 Hugo Pingray, France, 768,000
1 4 Franck Kalfon, France, 260,000
1 5 Enrico Rudelitz, Germany, 643,000
1 6 Pascal Aznar, France, 506,000
1 7 Freerk Post, Netherlands, 380,000
1 8 Romain Baert, France, 242,000

2 1 Samuel Grafton, UK, 985,000
2 2 Mesbah Guerfi, France, 444,000
2 3 Romeo Robert, Belgium, 116,000
2 4 Remi Castaignon, France, 321,000
2 5 Alexander Dovzhenko, Russia, 459,000
2 6 Anaras Alekberovas, Lithuania, 317,000
2 7 Jean Pierre Petroli, France, 470,000
2 8 Vladimir Velikov, France, 416,000

3 1 David Pishvafar, Germany, 116,000
3 2 Salvatore Bonavena, Italy, 321,200
3 3 James Mitchell, UK, 983,000
3 4 Eilert Eilertsen, Norway, 495,000
3 5 Maxime Petitprez, France, 283,000
3 6 Brian Benhamou, France, 179,000
3 7 James Bills, Australia, 877,000

4 1 Fernand Michelet, France, 396,000
4 2 Michel Abecassis, France, 150,000
4 3 Thomas Butzhammer, Germany, 555,000
4 4 Gordon Huntly, UK, 387,000
4 5 Jan Horni, Sweden, 309,000
4 6 Noel Gaens, Belgium, 480,000
4 7 Ibrahim Ghassan, Lebanon, 148,000

5 1 Karim Abdelmoumene, France, 220,000
5 2 Yury Gulyy, Russia, 430,000
5 3 Cyril Andre, France, 669,000
5 4 Jeffrey Hakim, Lebanon, 714,000
5 5 Loic Fringant, France, 555,000
5 6 Aurelien Guiglini, France, 942,000
5 7 Walid Bou Habbib, Lebanon, 531,000

6 1 Matthieu Herve, France, 1,050,000
6 2 Massimo Di Cicco, Italy, 512,000
6 3 Ionel Anton, Romania, 107,000
6 4 Joseph Mouawad, Lebanon, 489,000
6 5 Kristijonas Andrulis, Lithuania, 365,000
6 6 Shahaf Hadaya, Israel, 1,237,000
6 7 David Kilmartin, Ireland, 239,000

7 1 Markus Ristola, Finland, 92,000
7 2 Glen Cymbaluk, Canada, 324,000
7 3 Lucien Cohen, France, 209,000
7 4 Joseph El Khoury, Lebanon, 506,000
7 5 Eric Sfez, France, 450,000
7 6 Jason Koon, USA, 386,000
7 7 Pietro Amoroso, France, 454,000

You can take your pick as to who the favourites are. Certainly the chip leader Shahaf Hadaya did enough yesterday to convince those watching that he was final table material. Then there are the British raiders; Sam Grafton, James Mitchell and Matthew Frankland who have seemed unbeatable over the past three days.

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Shahaf Hadaya scares off Lucien Cohen

The local French contingent are also out in force. Hugo Pingray, Michel Abecassis, Matthieu Herve and others fly the tricolore, as does the inimitable Lucien Cohen, who is technically at least still in contention to become the first double winner and repeat his victory here in Season 7.

He's not alone in hoping to break the EPTs last barrier. Salvatore Bonanvena, who spent yesterday on the feature table, also remains in the field.

Talking of feature tables, you can watch all the action from today as it happens on EPT Live, where table 3, featuring Bonavena, will provide the first bundle of viewing pleasure.

You also have until the end of the day to enter our twitter competition to pick the winner of the EPT Deauville Main Event. For more information on that check out this link.

Everything starts at noon CET.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter