FPS Deauville: Let's get this party started

With 2015 still in its infancy, all eyes have turned to Deauville and the Gallic shores of Normandy for the first major poker event of the year on European soil. The Deauville festival runs from the 28th of January until the 7th of February when the latest European Poker tour champion will be crowned. There are 45 events scheduled to run over the next 11 days but the primary focus at first will be the FPS.

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The tournament room will not be quiet for long...

Last year saw Dutchman Niels van Leeuwen of the Netherlands triumph over a mostly French final table to win a first prize of €175,000 beating a field of 1,095 while 2013 saw Patrick Braga defeat a field of 828 to win €165,000. The tournament staff are expecting similar numbers here this year and another massive prize pool.

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Niels van Leeuwen, winner of FPS Deauville last year

The tournament has just got underway with around 320 players involved so far. Other tournaments today include a €100 rebuy satellite to Day 1B of the FPS as well as Day 1A of the €300 Deauville Poker Cup.

Key Deauville Facts:

- Players begin with 25,000 in chips
- Blinds start at 50/100
- Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1
- Ten levels are scheduled for the day with no dinner break
- Play is expected to finish at around 8.30pm local time

To get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts, don't forget to download the EPT App on both Android and IOS.

Chris Hall
@PokerStars in France Poker Series