FPS Deauville: Breaking the record
Players are currently enjoying level 3 of the day. There are 440 players at this point which is already nearly 100 more than Day 1A last year. Back then 328 players stump up €1,000 to take a shot on Day 1A, and with registration open until the end of the break after level 4, there's a decent chance of the number creeping close to 500.
One of the reasons for the increase in numbers was the fact that the last FPS event, in Paris, was cancelled back in November. Players were given the option of using their package in SCOOP buy-ins or saving it for this very event. Around 390 players had qualified for FPS Paris and while the majority chose to use their refund for the online tournament series, many have instead made the journey to Normandy to participate today.
While the field is almost completely French, there are a couple of players who have braved the European winters to make it here.
Paul Berende, an EPT regular who has previously made the High Roller final table in Monte Carlo back in 2010, is one of the few notables playing today. Briton Alex Goulder, who finished 11th in the EPT Main Event last year here in Deauville, is also among those playing. When I spoke to him about other potential British 'invaders' he mentioned a couple of players such as Ben Dobson and Nick Hicks, but did not believe there would be a sizeable British presence for the FPS.
FPS Deauville update:
- Level 3 is currently in progress (100/200)
- Over 440 players have registered so far today, there were 328 on Day 1A last year
- Registration is open until the end of the break after level 4 (about 3.45pm CET)
- Twenty players have qualified for both the FPS and the EPT, they are: Arvydas Merfeldas, Benjamin Souriau, Cedric Angosto, David Pecheur, David Vamplew, Dimitrios Ballas, Emilien Bouyssou, Grzegorz Wyraz ,Jeremy Nock, Jérome Arnould, Jonas Lauck, Jose Quintas, Julien Ayerbe,Julien Duveau, Maxence Dupont, Nandor Csaba Solyom, Nicolas-Teboul Benjamin, Pavel Veksler, Roman Korenev, Sebastien Le Baron,Tom Jarry and Vadim Shlez.