EPT Deauville: Jouve wins the PLO; Geilich leads €2k final table

Overnight chip leader Franck Jouve has won the €1k PLO event after beating Eddy Maksoud heads-up. Maksoud led for much of the heads-up after the elimination of Olof Haglund in third place. Jouve managed a comeback after first he doubled with A♦7♠5♦3♠ against Maksoud's A♠A♥8♥2♥ on a K♦Q♦2♠ board. The 2♦ turn gave Jouve the nut flush and Maksoud could not fill up on the J♠ river.

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Franck Jouve

The crucial hand that shifted momentum to the Frenchman happened a bit later on after both players got their chips in on the turn of a 2♣7♠T♦4♥ board.

Maksoud: J♥9♥7♥7♣
Jouve: K♥T♠T♣5♥

A nasty case of set-over-set saw Jouve double to almost a 3:1 advantage after the 5♦ river. Jouve then finished off Maksoud when the former's A♠A♥7♠6♦ held on a 9♠Q♦2♦2♣3♠ board after all the money went in on the flop with Maksoud holding K♣Q♥J♦6♣. The Lebanese player was a favourite but the board bricked out.

Over 80 players have bought into the €1,500 satellite for tomorrow's €10k High Roller Event, the stacked field includes Team PokerStars Pro Online Vicente Delgado, PokerStars sponsored-player Dominik Panka, former EPT champions Nicolas Chouity, Anton Wigg and Michael Tureniec as well as former European Rookie of the Year Adrian Mateos, Michiel Brummelhuis and Simeon Naydenov

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The €1k PLO final table

The second sitting of today's €500 event has begun with around 100 players entered so far including Stavros Kalfas, Pierre Neuville and Paul Berende. Ismail Babayev's 77,500 is the target to beat with the 1b survivors joining up tomorrow with the 40 who got through 1a.

Meanwhile Ludovic Geilich has taken complete control of the €2k event, knocking out two former chip leaders in Artem Litvinov and Dmitry Yurasov. the Scot has a big chip lead on the final table with 7 players left with Davidi Kitai eliminated in 9th place.

Following Triple Crown winner Kitai's victory in the €2k NL Turbo at EPT Deauville on Monday, we have been carefully monitoring the Belgian #1's progress towards $6m in live tournament winnings. His €45,930 prize on Monday left him $13k short of that landmark total and now he has edged even closer with a ninth place/€8,300 finish in the €2k NL event. Davidi - you are now just $2,690 short!! Since Kitai first started competing in live tournaments in 2006, he has accrued more than 70 cashes, including 32 in the last two years alone. Kitai, currently #4 in the GPI rankings, is one of just a handful of players who have EPT, WSOP and WPT titles to their name - and his biggest single score to date remains the €712,000 he pocketed for taking down EPT Berlin in Season 8.

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Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour