EPT10 Grand Final: There's poker here and poker there
The Main Event is under way and the expected glittering field is assembling, but the focus is not only on the big €10,600 event in the tournament chamber. No fewer than five tournaments are in play in the Salle des Etoiles, plus another small event and a host of cash-game action in a neighbouring room.
The France Poker Series Main Event is down to its last four tables, with the starting field of more than 800 trimmed to the relative handful who will make the money. Yann Dion, who led the pack at the end of Day 1, was one of the early fallers today (he hopped into the Main Event) but Jack Salter still has a huge stack and Madis Muur, Nicolau Villa-Lobos and Niall Farrell remain in the hunt. The first prize is €150,000.
The FPS High Roller -- a €2,000 buy in event -- is also nearing its business end and there is a healthy smattering of stars still in that field too. As the bubble approached, Christophe de Meulder, Pierre Neuville, Calvin Anderson, Griffin Benger, Julien Brecard, David Boyacin, Vitaly Lunkin, Roberto Romanello and Leo McLean had chips.
The first prize in that event is €119,000, but one need only beat a field of 306 to take that down.
The women's event is also in play, and anyone who thinks those fields are a walkover obviously hasn't visited the EPT in a while. Ana Marquez and Annette Obrestad are table-mates -- two players who do more than most to underline the genderless nature of high-level poker -- and the field also includes Kitty Kuo and Liya Gerasimova, who have enjoyed huge success in the biggest tournaments too.
The buy in is €1,100 and we'll have a winner by the end of the day.
All the hand-by-hand action from the tournament floor is available in the panel at the top of the main EPT Grand Final page. Details of the Super High Roller final table is on the Super High Roller page, and it's also being streamed on EPTLive.