EPT10 Deauville: All in, all calm... almost
The final level of Day 2 has begun. The big board tells us 171 players remain from a starting field of 671, an even 500 having made departures from Deauville.
For some of those 171 -- such as current leaders Dario Sammartino, Zimnan Ziyard, and Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov (all hovering about the 300,000-chip mark) -- the prospect of 75 more minutes promises an opportunity to position themselves even better for late-week heroics. For others, the focus is more squarely upon keeping their positions at the tables.
As the previous level ended, Jasper Wetemans of the Netherlands pushed his stack of 40,000 or so forward. He sat in silence, striped-sleeved arms resting on the table as though protective of the small column of chips, head bowed down with forelocks forward. Around the table all refused the challenge, and soon the stack was nudged back to the table's edge, joined by a round of blinds and antes.
Meanwhile the Frenchman Steven Comte was similarly open-raising all in from the button a few tables over. The bet was for 66,300, and in this case Oliver Price of the U.K. took up the offer with a small blind call with two-thirds of his stack.
Comte tabled K♦Q♠, but shared a collective exhale with the table when he spied Price's A♣A♦.
The dealer unhesitatingly delivered the K♣5♦7♦ flop and Q♦ turn, and having paired the board twice meant Comte had the lead. A river trey gave him the double, but again all was quiet, matter-of-factly so.
Another push of about 60,000 from the Belgian Pierre Neuville across the room met with no takers. He sat stoically, looking over his spectacles, mentally readying for the day's final level.
The announcement that Level 14 had begun was still ringing in the air when the relative peace was suddenly disrupted.
"Yes.. YES... YEESSSSS!!!!"
It had been yet another all in and a call. The final decision in the hand had come from Ayaz Manji after much contemplation, having been preceded by the Portuguese player's careful study of Barny Boatman's river push. That tank had been in harmony with the rest of the sober room.
The shouting afterwards when he'd discovered his hand best? Not so much.
The British player headed railward, soon followed by Manji, in fact, assessed a penalty for celebration.
The calm has returned. The last level of Day 2 continues.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.