EPT11 Deauville: The big cheeses come to town

Double the price tag and halve the time it takes to win the tournament is a succinct way to describe the differences between the €5,000 EPT11 Deauville Main Event which is now playing Day 4 and the €10,000 High Roller which begins today at 13.00 CET and will wrap up on Saturday, the same day as the Main Event, which began on Sunday.

If last night's €1,500 satellite - which attracted 128 runners - is anything to go by then the High Roller will have its usual concentration of top class poker talent. Defending champion Dominik Panka, who last year topped a field of 96 (with 17 re-entries), was one of those who tried to get in on the cheap. His bid failed but he wasn't alone as fellow EPT champions: Michael Tureniec, Nicolas Chouity, Sotirios Koutoupas, Oleksii Khoroshenin, David Vamplew, Anton Wigg, Dimitar Danchev and Jannick Wrang all participated it what's quite possibly the toughest €1,500 event ever held in Deauville. You can never be sure, but we suspect many of those will be back today anyway and Panka, we're told, will definitely be defending his title.

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Panka - banked €272,000 for the win last year

Whilst those champions may have been unsuccessful in their bid to win a seat for a fraction of the full asking price 17 players did snag a seat including:
EPT11 Barcelona High Roller winner Ihar Soika, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, Italian high stakes pro Dario Sammartino, EPT11 Prague fourth place finisher Fabio Sperling and Alex Goulder, who finished 11th in the Main Event here last season.

Other players already registered for a tilt at the title include: EPT Barcelona finalist Andrea Dato, Eureka Prague champion Balazs Botond and Austria's Dietrich Moritz (who had a deep run in the FPS Main Event here a few days ago). Cards are in the air at 13.00 CET and the plan today is to play 10 one hour levels, add in a dinner break and play will end around 1am. Each player will begin with 50,000 chips and should they bust one re-entry is permitted.

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Coverage from the Main Event of EPT Deauville is on the Main Event page. Check out all the action from around the festival on the main festival page. Also follow the action on EPT Live and stay up to date with the sensational EPT app for iPhone, iPad or Android.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in High Roller