Updates from day one, level nine of EPT Deauville, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Level nine: 500-1,000 (100 ante)
11.45pm: Day done
That’s the end of the day, with the following right at the top of the pile:
Robert Cezarescu – 216,900
Corneliu Cretu – 186,000
Francoise Cousin – 162,900
A full wrap up is on its way.
11.30pm: Paasonen’s tale
Mika Paasonen started at 30,000; he’s been down to 2,000, up to 28,000, down to 1,800 and back up to 20,000, which he then doubled to 40,000. He’s now doubled that again, courtesy of his aces versus the A♥Q♥ of Alin Pandilica. All the money went in on a board of 8♥3♥2♠, offering Pandlica the flush draw to send Paasonen out. But it never came. The turn was 7♠ and the river was 10♣. Paasonen has hit his high spot.
11.25pm: Mattern triples
Arnaud Mattern has just tripled up at the death, knocking out Barek Zidane and taking the other chunk from Dan Murariu. Here’s how this weird one went down.
Murariu raised to 2,600 from mid-position and, one seat to his left, Mattern moved all in for 19,100. (It’s getting late.) Zidane called from the small blind, leaving himself hardly anything behind. Murariu wanted to know if he’d play for the rest and moved all in himself. Zidane made a mandatory call.
Mattern looked a little ill at this part, but was in remarkably good shape when the cards were exposed.
The flop was blank: 3♠3♣4♦ but the turn was decisive: A♣. Mattern’s hand got even better on the river: K♥ and he tripled up. Zidane was out, Murariu took a small side pot, and Mattern stacked up 58,000.
11.17pm: Saout found out
Antoine Sauot got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He had raised pre-flop from early position to 2,000 and was called by Jonathan Soussan and by Jamel Maistriaux. On the 8♠2♣3♣ flop Maistriaux came out firing with a 4,700 bet and only Saout called. On the 6♠ turn Maistriaux made it 7,700 – called again by Saout. Finally, on the K♦ river Maistriaux checked and Saout made it 16,200. Maistriaux called and Saout insta mucked even before the man from Belgium turned over his A♣8♣.
Maistriaux is now on around 160,000, while Saout slips to 40,000.
11.10pm: Power poker
There was a raise and a flat call before Mostafa Khayate three-bet to 10,000 from the button. The original raiser folded but the other player called to see a 9♣9♥10♦ flop. He then checked to Khayate who asked how much his opponent had left. When he found out it was 26,000 he moved all in which effectively meant his opponent was all in. After much painful looking thinking time he folded J♦J♠ face-up. Khayate made it even more painful for him by revealing A♥K♥. Khayate powers on to 125,000.
11pm: For ****’s sake!
That was the sound, and a loud one at that, of Gerald Pichon who just saw his kings cracked to bust him from the tournament. It started with Pichon re-raising a player to 6,900, only for Antoine Arnault to re-re-raise to 17,000. The initial bettor fled, but Pichon called, leaving only a few thousand behind.
The flop was 4♥4♣10♣ and now Pichon put the rest of his stack over the line, called with a shrug by Arnault.
So far, so good for Pichon, but the turn was A♦ causing the outburst you see in the title line, which he shouted while giving the table a good whack. The river was 3♦ and Pichon was out. Mind you, he stuck around to finish his glass of bubbly before getting up and wandering off.
10.55pm: Neuville no more
Pierre Neuville is out of Deauville. We did not see his bust out, but he was seen chatting on the rail before disappearing. His seat is already occupied by someone else. Thankfully, we can still here from the man from Belgium, who was snared by the video team a little earlier in the day…
10.50pm: Thater all but doubles
On one of the first hands back after the extended and unscheduled break, Katja Thater managed an all-but double up. It’s only an “all but” because she only just had Guillaime de la Gorce covered as she sent the French pro to the rail.
There was a bet to 4,000 from mid-position and De La Gorce bumped it up from the button. Thater shoved all in from the small blind, about 16,000, and although the first player folded, De La Gorce insta-called.
De La Gorce: A♣A♠
Ouch. “Mann!” bellowed Thater. It means something like: “Oh dear” in German. “Erste hand,” she said, which seemed to suggest this was the first decent starting hand the Team PokerStars Pro had seen all day – and there was a better one out there.
Not for long. The flop came K♥9♠Q♦, giving Thater the lead, and although the turn: Q♣ and river: 10♥ might have given her something to think about if it had come the other way round, Thater’s boat keeps her afloat.
10.46pm: Finally, we’re off again
OK, folks. Cards are back in the air.
10.42pm: More waiting
The 30-minute break has been extended by another five minutes to allow time for the French Poker Awards to finish. In the meantime, please enjoy this interview with Team PokerStars Pro: France, Arnaud Mattern…
10.40pm: One last push
Players are preparing to come back for one last level of the day. It’s been brutal so far, with only 222 of the 339 starters still standing. Meantime, here’s what a Frenchman looks like. It’s local favorite Patrick Bueno…