EPT Deauville: Ten out of ten for Kitai

There are not many players in the world better than Davidi Kitai. Last night the Belgian beat Emil Ekvardt to win his tenth major tournament, winning the €2k NL Turbo Event for €45,930 and beating a field of 87 in the process. Kitai is currently 4th in the GPI rankings and has won nearly $6 million in live tournaments with his biggest victory being EPT8 Berlin which he took down for €712,000.

It also brings his earnings this year alone to over $100,000 following his 25th place in the PCA High Roller last month for $56,820 and eighth in the PCA €5k NL Turbo for $16,320. Since he first started competing in live tournaments in 2006, he has accrued more than 70 cashes, including 32 in the last two years alone. Kitai began playing poker back in 2003 on a trip to Los Angeles. He had gone to the United States to learn English, but it was Texas Hold'em that he clearly mastered.


Davidi Kitai winning his tenth ever live tournament title

Other players who cashed included Diogo Cardoso (3rd - €21,380) who won a €1k Turbo event here last, as well as EPT10 Vienna champion Oleksii Khoroshenin (4th - €16,450) with a total of 11 players being paid. The other event to finish last night was the €500 + €500 Turbo Bounty, eventually won by EPT9 San Remo finalist Amerigo Santoro.

There are a total of five events starting today with the Event #23, the €1k Turbo already underway. There are over 40 players already involved in this event including Eureka4 Prague champion Balazs Botond, former EPT Copenhagen runner-up Pierre Neuville, Alessio Isaia, Maxim Panyak and the always entertaining Artem Litvinov.

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Pierre Neuville

Later on today starting at 4pm, there is a two-day €2,000 event but if that's a little too pricey for you then there is always the €300 + €100 Turbo Knockout out event. How does that differ from last night's bounty tournament? Well, for legal reasons here in France, a Bounty tournament has a bounty that equal to the cost of the buy-in where as Knockout tournament has a bounty that is less than that of the buy-in.

In the evening there are two more tournaments, a two-day €1k PLO 8-handed event beginning at 8pm and then, for those of a more nocturnal nature, there's a €300 Deepstack Turbo beginning at 10pm.

We'll keep following all these events and you can see a full list of the side event results by clicking here.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour