EPT10 Deauville: 1A or 1B, that is the question
There's nothing uncommon about tourneys with two Day 1 flights tending to attract larger crowds for the second. For many having that extra day of travel suffices as an incentive to reach a venue a little later. And as is the case at all EPT10 Main Events, registration in fact lasts until the start of Day 2 for those who don't mind starting their tourneys on the short side, chip-wise.
The recently completed PokerStars Caribbean Adventure exemplified this trend in an exaggerated way, with just 295 entrants on Day 1A then a whopping 710 arriving to play Day 1B. More than two dozen then showed up on Day 2 in the Bahamas as well.
Of course, travel-hampering weather conditions had more than a little to do with the huge increase in entrants for Day 1B at the PCA, when the "polar vortex" not only affected lots of flights through the air, but affected the Day 1 flights in the tourney, too.
As the sky darkens outside the Casino Barrière here on Day 1A, the number of entrants for today's first flight has settled around the 230-player mark as the after-Level-6 dinner break approaches. A few more may possibly come tonight, although by now the likelihood is much greater for them to arrange dinner plans and make their debut early tomorrow when the blind-to-starting-stack ratio is much more inviting.
To expect more players to arrive Monday is something of a given, then. And while we aren't necessarily expecting a PCA-sized jump tomorrow, if the last couple of EPT Deauvilles are any indication, the difference in turnouts might well be significant.
Two years ago there were 339 to show on Day 1A, then 550 turning up on Day 1B. Then last year a Day 1A field of 307 was followed by another big group of 475 Day 1B players. Those biggish jumps came after several years of much smaller flight-to-flight increases.
Of the 234 players here today, about 40 have lost their stacks and thus their seats so far. Whatever the increase is on Monday, it will have to be a big one for the total field to rival the 782 who took part here a year ago.
Follow along with us to see how the numbers add up on our live reporting page.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.