FPS Deauville: Arrive late, chip up quickly

As level four draws to a close, the board now reads a total of 467 players, an increase of 40 per cent on last year and registration is still open for another half hour. These days it's very popular for many players to join at this point, just when the antes start and the pot size increases rapidly.


Simeon Naydenov, chip accumulation machine

Among the names who have slipped in during the level including former bracelet winner Simeon Naydenov (35,000) who managed two cashes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this year. He finished 20th in the $4,850 + 450 8 Handed event for $8,760 and then came 35th in the $24,000 + 1,000 High Roller 8 Handed, picking up $44,540. However, the Bulgarian's biggest result was when he finished 6th at EPT10 Vienna last year for €151,000.

Naydenov is currently ranked No.2 on Bulgaria's all-time money list, behind former PCA winner Dimitar Danchev (30,000) who has also made an appearance here. PokerStars is being represented today by Team PokerStars Pro Online Ronan Monfort (28,000). Two years ago Monfort finished third in this very event for €60,000.


Paul Berende, grinding away

The previously-mentioned Paul Berende has 27,000 while two-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori (22,000) is a late arrival to Table 1. Finally, French stalwart and EPT regular Paul Testud (27,000) is another familiar face. Testud's most recent cash on the tour was in the London Cup last year when he came 79th for £560.

FPS Deauville update:

- There are an unconfirmed 467 entries for Day 1A. This represents an increase of over 40% on last year.
- Level 5 has just begun, blinds are 150/300 (25)
- Recent eliminations include Ramon Correa, Charles Tellier, Nicolas Wirtz, David Novak and Laurent Olive.
- Registration is now closed
- Play will finish at the end of level 10 (approx 8.30pm CET)
- There is no dinner break

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Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour