EPT10 Deauville: High Roller washout shock! (Of course not.)
Around about noon today, things looked bleak for the €10,000 High Roller event at EPT Deauville. Only about 20 players had registered, 16 of whom had qualified from a live satellite last night, and there were a few nervous organisers fearing something of a washout.
Hogwash, of course. Who ever heard of a €10,000 High Roller not getting a proper field? (Betting without Kyiv.) Sure enough, by the time the first level was over in the event, 67 players had shown up and one had even been eliminated. By the time level three was under way, it was up to 78.
The complexion of the field is also fascinating and it divides into about four very well defined groups (with a degree of overlap).
In one, you'll find the former EPT champions: ElkY, Steve O'Dwyer, Anton Wigg, Michael Tureniec, Jake Cody, Toby Lewis, David Vamplew, Ludovic Lacay, Kevin MacPhee, Kent Lundmark, Dominik Panka and Martin Schleich.
In another, there are the players in town to pick up a European Poker Award, like Govert Metaal, Adrian Mateos Diaz, Stephen Chidwick, Joni Jouhkimainen and the aforementioned Lewis.
Then there are the players who made a deep run in the Main Event, busted, but are still looking to spin it up: Dario Sammartino, Luca Moschitta and Ludovic Geilich.
And today we can also introduce another sub-set: "Players Called Victor Ilyukhin". That particular category includes two players. One is Victor Ilyukhin and the other is Victor Ilyukhin. Yep, Victor Ilyukhins are like London buses. You wait years for one of them to show up and then you get two at the same time.
I can't remember another occasion on which a father and son has played an EPT High Roller event before, so this is landmark for that reason at least. They are not (yet) on the same table.
Follow our coverage of the Main Event at EPT Deauville by heading to the main EPT Deauville page. There's hand-by-hand coverage in the top panel, plus chip counts, and feature pieces below. Follow the High Roller on the High Roller page. EPT Live is also on, so tune in there for a close-up view of the action.