The bean-counters have just emerged from the safe brandishing the full list of payouts from EPT Deauville. There were 645 players over the two days, generating a prize pool of €3,096,000, of which €851,000 will go to the winner.
Not so bien was the sight moments ago of Luca Pagano talking to journalists on the rail, recently eliminated from the tournament. He was all smiles, as always, but had just lost his last 5,000 or so chips. At least he got it in with live cards. They were 5s-2s, but they were live.
Pagano departs, following Peter Eastgate out the door, who also couldn’t get much going here today and is now heading back to London. There are 170 players still in the hunt today; 125 finished yesterday. We’re about 100 minutes from the big overnight merge and the preparation of the day two field.