Mick Graydon is the first player out at the EPT Deauville final table collecting €67,200 for his eighth place finish. His elimination at the hands of Paul Guichard has pushed the Frenchman further ahead of the pack, now up to 7,800,000, some way ahead of his countryman Olivier Rogez with 4,495,000.
The Irish online qualifier had started the day as the short stack with just under one million and had managed to get pull himself up to 1,350,000 but then his progress stalled. When he found A♣9♥ in middle position in an unopened pot with just ten big blinds, 820,000 at the 40,000-80,000 level, the PokerStars Supernova moved it in and was unlucky to run into the A♦K♣ of chip leader Paul Guichard.
The board never offered much hope to Graydon, a poker buddy of Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth, as it ran out 3♣4♠10♠Q♦7♣. The Irishman was on his after the turn hit having accepted his fate as the last player to cash for less than six figures. Graydon shook hands with Guichard, then with Luca Pagano. That’s three EPT cashes for ‘BIGMICKG’ this season.
With Graydon gone the focus is on Luca Pagano in seat 7 (1,740,000) and Yorane Kerignard in seat 8 (1,460,000) as the primary candidates for the next elimination. While Guichard’s performance has been the most effective, Vadzim Kursevich has been the most active but the Belarusian has so far given chips to both Bruno Jais and Vuong Than Trong. Keep on our /en/blog/tournaments/ept/season-8/deauville-3/ live updates for live hand reporting.
8. Mick Graydon, Ireland, PokerStars qualifier, €67,200