EPT10 Deauville: From 15 to 10, très rapidement
The storylines at EPT10 Deauville are all advancing apace as rash of eliminations over the last few orbits has swiftly reduced the field from 15 to 10.
Not long after Bahram Chobineh's start-of-day exit in 16th, it was the Jean-Yves Malherbe committing a short stack with A♦Q♠ versus Sotirios Koutoupas's Q♥Q♦, the board bringing no help to the Belgian who finished 15th (€31,000).
Koutoupas has continued to add to his leading stack, pushing up over 4 million as support of his effort to become the first ever EPT champion from Greece.
The Finn Tatu Maenpaa was next out in 14th, his end resembling that of Malherbe after a big all-in with A♥K♣ versus Eugene Katchalov's K♠K♦ saw him exit as well, also earning €31,000.
Katchalov meanwhile boosted himself up over 2.2 million there, continuing his quest to earn an EPT title to go with his WPT and WSOP wins and pick up that elusive Triple Crown.
Koutoupas claimed another victim in Dmitri Holdeew when the his A♥2♥ failed to improve against the leader's pocket nines. A nice 13th-place finish for the German to go with a win in the EUREKA Main Event in Prague last year, though he certainly would've liked the end to have come later. He picks up €34,350 for his efforts here.
The TV reporter Alexandre Amiel soon followed in 12th (€34,350), in his case pocket nines proving less successful after he pitted them against the tens of Carlo De Benedittis.
And Alex Goulder is gone in 11th (€41,200), his A♠Q♥ failing him against Oliver Price's pocket eights in a battle of Brits.
That hand pushed Price into second position, although the chase pack is still some distance behind Koutoupas.
Follow our coverage of the Main Event at EPT Deauville by heading to the main EPT Deauville page. There's hand-by-hand coverage in the top panel, plus chip counts, and feature pieces below. Follow the High Roller on the High Roller page. EPT Live is also on, so tune in there for a close-up view of the action.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.