FPS Deauville: PokerStars player Ivan Luca leads into the final day

With 152 players left on the second to last day of FPS Deauville, the chances of reaching the final table within eight levels always looked to be very slim. By the end of level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000), there were still 22 players left, all vying for the €197,000 prize that awaits the winner of this tournament.

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Ivan Luca

The chip leader at the end of day is PokerStars player Ivan Luca. The Argentinian, who is fast becoming in a star in Latin America, knocked out Simeon Naydenov in 24th place when the former flopped a flush against Naydenov's king-high flush draw. This gave Luca over 3.2 million in chips and the lead itself was handed to him right at the death when former leader Felix Lambertz lost a 2.6 million chip pot to Yohan Figueiras.

Lambertz remained over 3 million but he was pushed into third place when Sacha Israel knocked out Eddie Makhoul with A♦A♣ against J♥J♣. Nicolas Hamouni is fourth with 2.825 million, having dominated the chip lead for most of the day before being overtaken in the last hour or so.

The full list of chip counts is below:

Ivan Luca Argentina PokerStars player 3,265,000
Sacha Israel France 3,045,000
Felix Lambertz Germany PokerStars qualifier 3,035,000
Nicolas Hamouni France Pokerstars qualifier 2,825,000
Anthony Apicella France 2,700,000
Yohan Figueiras France PokerStars qualifier 2,565,000
Romain Le Dantec France 2,300,000
Vincent Garat France 2,135,000
Bruno Michels France 1,960,000
Oleg Vasylchenko Ukraine PokerStars player 1,260,000
Wei Hu France 1,165,000
Antoine Chuzevile France PokerStars qualifier 960,000
Abdelkader Medjahed France 900,000
Lars Letmark Sundelius Sweden PokerStars qualifier 795,000
Edmond Melamed France PokerStars qualifier 790,000
Vadim Shlez United States PokerStars qualifier 780,000

Grzegorz Krajewski Poland 725,000
Anthony Picault France 655,000
Florian Lebaigue France PokerStars qualifier 515,000
Donato Sparavilla Italy 510,000
Dietrich Moritz Germany PokerStars qualifier 475,000
Pierre Hebert France 390,000

With several short stacks, there might be an early spate of exits but reaching a final table might take several hours, especially with some big money jumps appearing later on.

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Sacha Israel, second in chips

The remaining 22 players are playing for the following:

1. 197,000 €
2. 125,500 €
3. 88,500 €
4. 68,500 €
5. 53,550 €
6. 40,110 €
7. 31,080 €
8. 22,460 €
9. 18,400 €
10. 16,200 €
11. 16,200 €
12. 14,100 €
13. 14,100 €
14. 12,300 €
15. 12,300 €
16. 10,700 €
17. 10,700 €
18. 9,200 €
19. 9,200 €
20. 9,200 €
21. 7,900 €
22. 7,900 €

Elsewhere tonight, the €300 Deauville Cup is deep into the money with around 90 players left trying to pick up a first place prize of €62,400. Those still in include Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder and Paul Berende.

The FPS €2,000 High Roller saw 415 entries in total with 55 places being paid a minimum of €3,900 with €141,000 for first place. Around 186 players are still left at this point including Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Julian Brecard as well as former EPT champions Frederik Jensen, Robin Ylitalo and Salvatore Bonavena.

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FPS Deauville is the biggest ever France Poker Series event

Meanwhile in the FPS Main event, play will restart at 12.30pm CET with the tournament playing all the way to a finish. To check up on the live reports please click here and here. If you wish to see where players have finished in this event then check out the list of payouts so far here. Finally, the Aussie Millions has reached the final table and you can follow all the news on that here.

Make sure you stick with the PokerStars Blog on Sunday as the FPS Main Event draws to a conclusion and the EPT Main Event gets underway.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour