EPT11 Deauville: Back to the world of chandeliers and creme brulee
If it's the end of January and -5° Celcius, players on the European poker circuit know the drill: pack the thermals, put the snow-chains on the car and head to Normandy for EPT Deauville.
The charms of this luxurious outpost on the north coast of France are not always immediately apparent as one braves the Arctic conditions along dark and slippery roads. But as one settles over the first glass of burgundy, sharpens ones knife over the first slice of filet mignon (and, go on then, a cheeky creme brulee), matters become a good deal more civilised and the journey worth the trouble.
No one will claim that Deauville is local. It isn't. To anywhere. And no one will claim that this is a typical poker town. It isn't. There are hardly any replicas of Egyptian pyramids. But people have been gambling beneath the chandeliers and between the crimson-padded walls here for hundreds of years. They know how to welcome card players here, which is why Deauville has been a fixture on the European Poker Tour for years.
After a sell-out success in the France Poker Series this week, the €5,300 Main Event gets under way today. It's Day 1A, the first of two opening flights, with the normal tournament plan expected. That means eight 75-minute levels today, the same again tomorrow, and then the remaining field combining for Day 2.
It will go 3, 4, 5 and then the final next Saturday, by which point there will also be a €10,000 High Roller under way.
With events being played across the globe, including the conclusion of the Aussie Millions in Melbourne, it's really anyone's guess as to the size of the field. Time will tell. All we can say for sure is that the start of play is imminent and you can follow all the action on PokerStars Blog.