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EPT9 Deauville in review: Remi Castaignon wins €770,000, keeps the trophy in

Frenchman Remi Castaignon snatched back the EPT Deauville title from foreign hands when he beat Lebanese tour regular Walid Bou Habib heads-up to win €770,000, becoming the eighth Frenchman to win an EPT Main Event. Castaignon and Bou Habib had come into the final first and second in chips and, desp...more

by Rick Dacey on February 13, 2013 4:18 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: A tale of two pocket pairs as Remi Castaignon enjoys t

An enormous chip lead coming into an EPT final table can be both a blessing and a burden. It brings with it great responsibility. Of course it is expected that you will mop up the short stacks to ensure a brief day for players and spectators alike, but it is also vital not to take your eye off the b...more

by Howard Swains on February 9, 2013 9:11 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Long may this place stay the same

In a few hours all this will be over. The poker tables will be packed up, the players will make their way to the station to catch trains or to Paris to connect with flights home, and the European Poker Tour itself will pack into boxes, be loaded onto a truck, and head back to its official home of Lo...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 9, 2013 7:45 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Country-by-country, day-by-day

Whoever from our final four wins EPT9 Deauville this week, there can be little doubt which two countries can rejoice their nation's performances most jubilantly.Our hosts France demonstrated the extremely healthy state of Gallic poker by putting forward almost half our field--and translating quantit...more

by Howard Swains on February 9, 2013 6:29 AM

EPT9 Deauville: Introducing The EPT Quote Board

Over breakfast this morning (two boiled eggs, large coffee, several French pastries) the PokerStars Blog team discussed how much flavour of an event is lost due to great quotes having no home in an immediate post. We are not shy of shoehorning facts, figures and oblique references into the blog but ...more

by Rick Dacey on February 9, 2013 5:10 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Jeffrey Hakim's run ends in eighth place

A lot of people watching will consider the departure of Jeffrey Hakim from the final table a big loss to the quality of the field.Hakim was out of the main event within the first few minutes of play today, shoving when he looked down at ace-king, but running into the pocket aces of Enrico Rudelitz. ...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 9, 2013 5:08 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Where have these jokers come from?

On final table day of any EPT tournament, we are often asked: "Who the hell are these jokers?" I tend to reply, "Stephen Bartley and Rick Dacey," until the inquisitor clarifies their question and points me towards the final table. "No, the players. Who are they? I've never seen them before."EPT Live...more

by Howard Swains on February 9, 2013 4:49 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: The main event finalists

The field of 782 is now down to a final eight, competing for a first prize of €770,000 today. It will bring to an end a week-long main event that started last Sunday at Casino Deauville and which will soon crown a new champion. The home crowds will be looking at their two participants, including the...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 9, 2013 3:10 AM

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: Unstoppable Remi Castaignon takes massive lead into fi

If it's ever appropriate to say that this might not have been the final table line up we were expecting, now might be the time to say it. Of the 23 players who returned to the Casino Deauville this afternoon, six specifically had less than $10,000 in career earnings, and of those, four had won nothi...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 8, 2013 4:23 PM

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: Where have all the big stacks gone?

It's silly season at EPT Deauville, where the main event has entered level 28 and still 11 players remain. We have been playing for more than ten hours and the EPT Live commentators are now singing songs to one another and lapsing into delirious gibberish. Sorry, what? They've been doing that since ...more

by Howard Swains on February 8, 2013 1:51 PM
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