Main Event
Main Event
Day 2 completed

Andrei Stoenescu Grabs the Chip Lead at the Death

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Andrei Stoenescu
Andrei Stoenescu

A total of 419 players returned today as the two starting day fields combined, each player hoping to claim the €770,000 first prize and title of EPT Deauville champion. After six levels of intense action, it was Andrei Stoenescu who finished the day at the summit of Mount Pokers with 485,600 with still 34 players to be eliminated before the money bubble which will occur tomorrow.

Many of the Team PokerStars Pros still remained but Nacho Barbero, Team Online's Luca Moschitta as well as Frenchmen Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Julien Brecard all suffered relatively early exits. New Team Pro, as well as the winner of this event back in Season 6, Jake Cody lasted a little longer but the dream died when his {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} was beaten by Bruno Le Garrec's {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} when the board came {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. Lex Veldhuis was forced to accept a similar fate, losing with ace-king to queens, the king came first to tease him but a queen swiftly followed – exit one unhappy Dutchman. Despite this, Sandra Naujoks (73,500), Vanessa Rousso (34,200) and Matthias De Meulder (186,000) have made it through to Day 3 and will no doubt hoping to make it even further.

Others who made it through include former champions Zimnan Ziyard (380,200) and Lucien Cohen (46,100) who along with Naujoks are looking for that incredibly elusive second EPT title. Online phenom Jason Koon managed to sail through with a hefty 275,100 while Freddy Deeb will be back tomorrow with 114,800. Last season's winner Vadzim Kursevich will not be rejoining us, he was eliminated when Thomas Butzhammer's pocket queens triumphed over his king-queen.

Joining the Belarussian on the rail were Nicolas Levi, who lost a large flip with {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} to Tobias Peters' {A-Spades}{3-Spades} on an {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{J-Spades}{K-Spades} board when all the money went in on the flop. Marvin Rettenmaier came a cropper when his ace-king ran into kings. Arnaud Mattern flopped a flush against bottom two pair only for the latter hand to improve to a full house on the turn, removing yet another former EPT champion from the tournament.

Tomorrow we'll be hitting the money and with 154 players coming back and only 120 being paid, it still means that around a quarter of those coming back will be have nothing but memories to show for their efforts.

We'll be back again tomorrow from 12pm (CET) to bring you all the news as the EPT Deauville Main Event heads into Day 3.

Official End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Shamus • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Andrei Stoenescu 485,600
Zimnan Ziyard gb 380,200
Hugo Pingray fr 374,400 307,500
James Mitchell gb 372,400
Cyril Andre fr 370,600
David Ostrom 368,400
Vladimir Velikov bg 351,200 257,800
Kevin Miannay 340,500 285,200
Andrei Konopelko by 335,900 298,900
Samuel Grafton 311,400 200,500
Matthieu Herve FR 309,300 200,500
Glen Cymbaluk ca 306,200 269,200
Ahmed Abd El Fatah fr 306,000
Jesper Feddersen 302,000
David Sonelin se 292,700 267,300
Noel Gaens be 292,700
Mesbah Guerfi fr 289,900 4,400
Gordon Huntly gb 285,000
Eilert Eilertsen NO 283,200 221,900
Gaetano Dell'Aera 281,600 158,300
Remi Le Meur 278,800 18,800
Jason Koon us 275,100
[Removed:4] DE 274,500 146,000
Thomas Butzhammer de 273,200
Pascal Lefrancois ca 271,100 153,100

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Stoenescu Takes Chip Lead on the Last Hand of the Night

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

What a last hand of the night! We missed the action but Andrei Stoenescu filled us in on the hand that launched him into the chip lead.

He told us he opened to 5,000 and four-bet to 29,000 when Konstantinos Nanos three-bet to 13,000. Nanos had around 140 - 150k and committed all of these by five-betting to around 100,000.

Stoenescu set Nanos all in and the latter called off with ace-jack. Stoenescu had them there aces and held to claim the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Andrei Stoenescu 485,600 145,600
Konstantinos Nanos gr Busted

Tags: Andrei StoenescuKonstantinos Nanos

Queens No Good For Narboni

YorkshirePud • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Philippe Narboni has been eliminated whilst holding a pair of red queens, the same fate as Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren suffered earlier today.

Narboni got his short stack into the middle holding {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and found a caller in the shape of Robert Romeo and his {k-Hearts}{K-Spades}. The nine-high board ran out
{7-Spades}{4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and with that Narboni was eliminated.

Tags: Philippe NarboniRobert Romeo

Last Three Hands

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The clock has been paused and each table will play three more hands before play concludes for the day.

De Matthias Pushes Boucher

Shamus • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Matthias de Meulder
Matthias de Meulder

Following a late position raise by Philippe Boucher, Matthias de Meulder reraised to 14,500 from the small blind, then saw Boucher four-bet to 32,000.

The Belgian player studied for about a half-minute, then declared he was shoving all in, and Boucher didn't waste too much time before stepping aside.

Philippe Boucher ca 292,000 -18,000
Matthias De Meulder be 184,000 85,700

Tags: Philippe BoucherMatthias de Meulder

Veldhuis Down at Busting

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Lex Veldhuis on day 1b
Lex Veldhuis on day 1b

What's worse than busting an EPT? Busting after the flop gives you hope is what. It's no wonder that the Dutch Team PokerStars Pro had the cut of a very down man soon after.

Lex Veldhuis nl Busted

Tags: Lex Veldhuis