EPT10 Deauville: Midday intermission for the Day 1B comedy-action-drama-adventure

Among the many attractions Deauville has to offer is the yearly American Film Festival, a nearly four-decade old tradition that makes the seaside city the center of the cinematic world each fall. We're reminded of the festival every time we pass through the hallways and spot the various movie-inspired names of the meeting rooms here in the Casino Barrière.

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There's comedy, drama, action, and adventure at EPT10 Deauville

As we continue to watch the Day 1B motion picture play out here at the EPT10 Deauville Main Event, we thought a little pre-dinner pause -- an intermission, if you will -- was in order to widen the lens a little on the proceedings thus far today.

When the curtain rose shortly after noon, the first bit of drama concerned the number of entrants following the 234 who turned out Sunday.

A bigger field was expected for the sequel, and while late registration remains open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, they've already cruised well past the Day 1A figure with more than 420 having taken seats, with more than 50 of them losing those seats already during the first four 75-minute levels.

Another difference between today's Day 1 flight and that of yesterday was the participation of more women. After only one joined the proceedings on on Sunday, several came out today.

The first woman ever to win an EPT Main Event -- EPT3 London winner Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren -- is among the Day 1B combatants.

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Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren in "The King and Eye"

So, too, are Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof, Sofia Lövgren, Gaëlle Baumann, and Jamila Von Perger, with Von Perger chipping up during the first few levels as she hopes to build on the success of her victory in the EPT Deauville Ladies Event last night.

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Jamila Von Perger, heroine of the EPT10 Deauville Ladies Event

Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier arrived to Day 1B appearing as though ready to star in an historical fantasy, and soon enough all learned he'd arrived costumed as Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a character from the popular Assassin's Creed video game series.

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ElkY... is... Ezio!

How has dressing as a 15th-century Italian nobleman worked for Elky thus far? The mission has begun slowly for him, with the first four levels seeing him hover a little below the starting stack. Perhaps some sleath-like moves associated with the Ezio character are still to come.

Joining ElkY and Coren from Team PokerStars Pro today are Luca Pagano, Jake Cody, and Jan Heitmann, all of whom have chipped up so far today.

Notables turned minor characters in the EPT10 Deauville Main Event story include Sergio Castelluccio, Davidi Kitai, Nikolay Losev, and "Big" Roger Hairabedian, all of whom failed to survive the first afternoon act here on Day 1B.

Others whose fast Day 1B starts position them as at least a strong supporting cast thus far today include Toby Lewis, Manuel Bevand, Stevie Chidwick, and Miroslav Alilovic -- all of whom have doubled the 30,000-chip starting stack. So has Patrick Bruel, who besides knowing something about poker knows a lot about the movies, too, having appeared in dozens of feature films and television shows in an acting career stretching back more than three decades.

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Patrick Bruel, comfortable before the camera

Meanwhile Tobias Peters and Timur Margolin have pushed out even further to close in on the 100,000-chip mark by the middle of Level 5. If they keep it up, they'll earn themselves starring roles here this week.

We return now to the tourney floor to appreciate its mise-en-scène, but most particularly to examine further character development and the progress of the plot. Grab some popcorn and follow along on our live coverage page, too.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in European Poker Tour