EPT10 Deauville: The red spade review
Halfway through the day's penultimate level comes to a close a sweep of the room shows just over 300 of the reported 432 who started Day 1B are still with chips, with all of the red spade-sporting members of Team PokerStars Pros who started the day still with chips as the day edges towards the final hour-and-a-half of play.
Of the group, Luca Pagano sits in the best shape currently with about an average stack of 42,000.
Some of Pagano's chips came courtesy a knockout of EPT9 Monte Carlo Grand Final champ Steve O'Dwyer, albeit after O'Dwyer had already been crippled in an unfortunate spot when his flush was outdrawn by an opponent's runner-runner flush. Pagano then used a pair of queens to best O'Dwyer's ace-king and knock out the champ, as he tweeted to his followers:
As Pagano reports, that hand took him up to 50,000, and he sits with a little less than than at present.
Three of Pagano's teammates -- Jan Heitmann, Jake Cody, and Alex Kravchencko -- all currently battle with stacks hovering around the 25,000-chip mark, while Vicky Coren is still in but below the average as well. And meanwhile the costumed Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has been fighting an uphill battle for most of the day and now sits with about 16,000.
Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof is in similar straits to ElkY, with a few less chips as she attempts to perservere into tomorrow's Day 2.
All still have a little less than a level-and-a-half left to maintain or increase their chips to survive to join their Team PokerStars Pro teammates Eugene Katchalov (who finished with a healthy 74,000 yesterday), Marcin Horecki (who ended with 71,300), and Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville (who'll return to a stack of 63,600).
Follow the remaining action on the live reporting page to see how many red spades remain in the hunt to become the next EPT Main Event champion.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.