With less than three full tables’ full of players left in the EPT10 Deauville Main Event, the cash prizes increase significantly, as does the awareness of all who observe and likely many who are playing.
A first prize of €614,000 awaits the EPT10 Deauville Main Event champion barring a final table deal, the equivalent of about $832,000 USD. With 20 players left here in Level 22, we were curious to see who among those who are left have won as much or more in their careers.
We knew before even looking that Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov would be one who has done so. Indeed, he’d certainly top the list when it came to career all-time highs, thanks to his nearly $2.5 million-score for a WPT title. But had anyone else won as much as first prize was worth here?
The answer is no. Sotirios Koutoupas came closest with his second-place finish in the EPT9 Prague Main Event a year ago, good for a €510,000 cash. JP Kelly also has a score worth more than half a million USD in one of those big Macau super high rollers.
Incidentally, 22nd-place finisher Zimnan Ziyard — the last EPT Main Event champion who had been left in the field — picked up €347,000 for his victory at EPT9 Loutraki.
And Javed Abrahams who just went out in 21st earned $103,420 once for final-tabling the 2008 WPT Bellagio Cup where he took eighth. Both picked up €21,220 cashes here.
Here’s a rundown of the career highs of the final 20, ordered from Katchalov’s high mark to a trio of players without reported results, all converted to USD for easier comparing.
Of note are two who made deep runs at the World Series of Poker Main Event recently — Jean-Yves Malherbe who took 48th at the 2012 WSOP ME, and Oliver Price (who finished 49th at last summer’s WSOP ME. And Florian Ribouchon’s career high came here at the EPT9 Deauville Main Event where he finished 91st, a personal record he’s breaking this time around.
Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) – $2,482,605, 1st, 2007 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Sotirios Koutoupas (Greece) – ~$666,000 (€510,000), 2nd, 2012 EPT9 Prague Main Event
JP Kelly (United Kingdom) – $587,778, 12th, 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge
Dimitri Holdeew (Germany) – ~$310,000 (€226,400), 1st, 2013 EUREKA Main Event, Prague
Konstantin Tolokno (Russia) – ~$255,000 (€191,740), 2nd, 2012 WPT Vienna Main Event
Jean-Yves Malherbe (Belgium) – $156,293, 48th, 2012 WSOP Main Event
Oliver Price (United Kingdom) – $151,063, 49th, 2013 WSOP Main Event
Alex Goulder (United Kingdom) – ~$125,000 (£77,513), 1st, 2011 £1,090 NLHE event, Nottingham
Eli Heath (United Kingdom) – ~$69,200 (A$70,000), 13th, 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event
Tatu Maenpaa (Finland) – ~$58,000 (€39,000), 3rd, 2009 Spanish Poker Tour Grand Finale
Andrew Sweeney (Ireland) – $36,237, 4th, 2013 WPT Cyprus
Alexandre Amiel (France) – ~$29,000 (€20,020), 1st, 2007 Euro Finals of Poker, Paris
Florian Ribouchon (France) – ~$13,000 (€9,700), 91st, 2013 EPT9 Deauville Main Event
Mustapha Amaouche (France) – ~$11,200 (€8,600), 2nd, 2013 Mega Poker Series, NLHE event, Madrid
Kamel Boukhalfa (France) – ~$4,700 (€3,500), 15th, 2013 WPT National
Brussels Fall Series Main Event
Anthony Lerust (France) – ~$4,600 (€10,034), 4th, 2012 Texapoker Open de Gruissan
Rustem Muratov (Russia) – $2,356, 18th, 2014 Winterfest Warm Up, Kyrenia
Bahram Chobineh (Iran) – none
Carlo De Benedittis (France) – none
Chun Ho Law (United Kingdom) – none
The next three to be eliminated will earn €24,450 (worth a little less than $33,200 USD). Here are the remaining payouts:
1st – €614,000
2nd – €379,500
3rd – €271,200
4th – €207,800
5th – €164,600
6th – €128,200
7th – €93,000
8th – €63,900
9th – €50,530
10th-11th – €41,200
12th-13th – €34,350
14th-15th – €31,000
16th-17th – €27,680
18th-20th – €24,450
Follow our coverage from EPT Deauville by heading to the main EPT Deauville page. There’s hand-by-hand coverage in the top panel, plus chip counts, and feature pieces below. EPT Live also starts today, so tune in there for a close-up view of the action.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.