Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a completed

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Kristijonas Andrulis lt 162,600
Philippe Ma 162,200
Elie Payan 141,800 600
Julien Claudepierre 128,200
Marchel Masaladzhiu 114,600 14,400
Yoann Amaudry 111,600
Denis Patout 102,500
Pavel Perfilov 100,300
Pierre Barthelemy 99,800
Jean Marc Rigaill 97,400 -3,600
Pierre Milan fr 96,900
Leonard Truche 96,600
Pierre Fehner 95,500 45,050
Xavier Lorin 94,500
Joseph Benchimol 93,300
Eeki Ruponen 93,000
Sergio Castelluccio 92,800
Sebastien Comel 91,100
Michael Bjorn 90,600
Paul Guichard 90,000
Jason Hallee 89,900
Georgios Kapalas 86,900
Arthur Claudet 86,000
Pierre Cecco 83,300
Chris Brammer gb 80,700 24,700

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Andrulis Leads Day 1a

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Kristijonas Andrulis
Kristijonas Andrulis

After eight levels, Day 1a of Season 8 EPT Deauville has come to an end. Roughly 220 players remain from the 339 that began the day and on top of the counts is Kristijonas Andrulis. He bagged up a stack of 162,600 and is followed by Philippe Ma (162,200) and Elie Payan (141,800). Also returning on Thursday's Day 2 will be James Dempsey (50,900), Paul Berende (40,100) and Kara Scott (38,200). Surviving Day 1a for Team PokerStars were Henrique Pinho, Marcin Horecki, and France's own Arnaud Mattern.

Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel hit the rail at the end of Level 6. Two consecutive hands saw Duhamel go from a 108-big-blind stack to zero. First, he ran {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} into Fabrice Gouget's {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}. The following hand extended into the break as Duhamel got his chips into the middle with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} with the board reading {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{K-Hearts}. Pierre Canali looked him up with {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and dodged Duhamel's many outs when the {3-Diamonds} river missed Duhamel.

Others that did not survive Day 1a include last year's runner-up Martin Jacobson, Constant Rijkenberg, Shaun Deeb, Sam Chartier, Mathew Frankland, Jan Collado, Adrien Allain and Jon Spinks.

Day 1b will commence tomorrow at noon, so be sure to keep it here at PokerNews for all of the exciting action. Until then, good night from Deauville!

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Three More Hands

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

With 11 minutes in the level, the tournament staff has announced that three more hands will be dealt to each table.

Big Stack

Elie Payan has spent the day building one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Even after making it 1,525 from the hijack in a recent hand and folding when the cutoff replied with a raise to 3,625, he still sits over the 135k and among the late leaders.

Elie Payan 137,000

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Brammer Rats Player Out, Wins a Pot

Eagle-eyed Chris Brammer is up to 56,000 chips after winning a pot, shortly after spotting an opponent dodge his big blind.

The player in question, who we won't name, was on his way to the table with a short stack when he saw he would join in the big blind. He turned about and took a diversion to ensure he would miss posting it. Brammer was the only player to spot it and informed the floor. A ruling was made that the player would receive a two-hand penalty.

Moments later Brammer three-bet to 4,200 from mid position after Gilbert Diaz opened from second position. Diaz called and then led for 3,000 on the {2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop. Brammer raised to 7,500 and claimed the pot after Diaz tank folded.

Chris Brammer gb 56,000 23,000

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Spinks Feels the Curse

Jon Spinks has been moved into the seat where Jonathan Duhamel and Mathew Frankland used to live, and we all know what happened to them. The Brit has a little less than an hour to try and outlast the curse that lives within those four legs.

He did lose a small pot though when he made it to the river with a board that read {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{a-Spades}{k-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Only 6,500 had made it into the middle and Spinks' heads-up opponent bet 5,000. Spinks thought for a while and called. His opponent though it right to mutter a sentence or two to his neighbour before opening {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for trip kings. Spinks mucked.

Jon Spinks gb 36,000 -2,000

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Rigaill Doubles Through Morin

Jean Marc Rigaill opened the action with a raise and Gabriel Morin three-bet to 3,000 from middle position. The player in the hijack seat called, as did Rigaill, to land a {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop to the board.

First to act, Rigaill fired 11,500, a bit more than the size of the pot. Morin took about 20 seconds before popping it to 30,000, forcing the hijack seat out. Rigaill re-raised all in for 46,200 and Morin quickly called.

Rigaill: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Morin: {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

Morin's timing was off as his flush draw was demolished by Rigaill's top pair and flush draw. The {A-Hearts} turn locked up the pot for Rigaill, making the {9-Spades} river irrelevant.

Jean Marc Rigaill 101,000 52,000
Gabriel Morin 49,000

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Level:
8
Blinds:
300/600
Ante:
75

Can You See The Light

You can't miss Parisian Michel Leibgorin at a poker table as he sits with several pieces of lighting and magnifying equipment in front of him to better see the cards with.

However, poor eyesight hasn't hurt his game one bit as he's earned better than $600k in live tournaments with scores dating all the way back to 1995.

Here in Deauville, it appears he's not running into any problems either as the Frenchman just raised it up from the small blind, stealing the big to push his stack up and over the 62k mark.

Michel Leibgorin 62,200

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