EPT10 Prague: When Deal means Deal, not deal
As play in the Eureka Main Event drew to a close on the penultimate day last night, English pro Stephen Chidwick was among the final eight who returned today to play for a first prize of €226,400.
Chidwick is an established figure in the world game, a winner of countless EPT seats, WSOP final tables and of more than $1.5 million in live tournament prize money. He's also from Deal, which is what caused all the trouble.
The beach at Deal (courtesy of Wiki Commons)
Deal, for those not familiar with the geography of the Garden of England, is a small town in Kent on the south east coast, the bit, as you look at a map of the British Isles that juts out of the bottom right corner, closest to France.
It's a pretty town, a Cinque Port, boasting a castle that was originally built by Henry VIII to fend off attacks from marauding Spaniards, and possibly Catholics, but which now is more likely to be overrun by parents trying to entertain their kids on a Sunday afternoon.
The quaint little town still boasts a fishing fleet, which is based on the shale beach. Hours can be spent watching the fishing boats returning to shore, first beaching themselves on the pebbles before the crew jump ashore and haul the boat to dry land.
Chidwick is from this town and, as the media were alerted to his presence at the final table, the word "Deal" after his name caused some to jump to conclusions, notably that some sort of "deal" had been made.
Thankfully, a hastily written media alert changed that, putting an end to the confusion and alerting a few members of the poker press to the existence of this small picturesque Kent coastal town.
This is Deal, England
But in order to prevent the likelihood of any confusion in future, we thought a list of towns that could, in some way, be misinterpreted in future press releases should a local hero go deep on the EPT, would be a useful guide for any poker fan.
If there are any we've missed do let us know via Twitter: @PokerStars Blog. Stephen Chidwick came third by the way. There was no deal.
And before you get curious and start Googling there are no towns called "Crapshoot", "Crazy Pineapple," or "One Time."
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.