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Cyril Andre Leads Final 23 as Day 4 Concludes

Shamus • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Cyril Andre
Cyril Andre

Très rapide! So went the pace during today's Day 4 of the PokerStars.fr EPT Deauville Main Event. A total of 51 players began the day, all with hopes of lasting through a couple more days' worth of poker to make it to Saturday's eight-handed final table. When the dust cleared after a little over three 90-minute levels just 23 remained to hold onto such hopes, with the Frenchman Cyril Andre leading all as the only player with more than 2 million.

The day began with a flurry of bustouts by short-stacked players, with 14 going out in the first level alone, among them Ionel Anton (51st, €13,500), Salvatore Bonavena (48th, €13,500), Thomas Butzhammer (43rd, €13,500), Lucas Reeves (42nd, €13,500), and Jason Koon (39th, €16,000).

Meanwhile start-of-day chip leader Shahaf Hadaya met with repeated misfortune during that first level and the start of the second level played today, with pocket kings proving most damaging to the Israeli.

After splitting a pot early with pocket kings in a hand that saw Jason Koon also dealt K-K, Hadaya lost a huge 1.5 million-plus chip pot with the hand against [Removed:4]. Following a {2-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop, Rudelitz raised all in with {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and Hadaya called with {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}, then the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} to give Rudelitz the best hand and the temporary chip lead.

Hadaya would soon after run {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} into Gordon Huntly's {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} to lose still more chips, then was finally knocked out by Yury Gulyy to finish in 32nd place (€19,000). Players continued to hit the rail in quick succession thereafter as Remi Castaignon and Hugo Pingray pushed up to the top of the leaderboard, only to be passed by Andre at the finish.

Andre earned a big bump late in the day when knocking out Lucien Cohen in 28th place in a big hand in which Cohen flopped a set and improved to a full house. That inspired Andre cheekily to write "dératiseur" on his bag at night's end (i.e., "rat killer"), a reference to the large plastic rat Cohen keeps at the table.

Then James Bills (27th) and Alexander Dovzhenko (26th) followed Cohen out the door shortly after as Level 22 concluded.. And right after the break Massimo Di Cicco hit the rail in 25th (like the previous eliminated players earning €19,000), and Sam Grafton went out in the last hand at his table in 24th (€23,000), and at that point play was halted.

Here's a look at the top 10 of the remaining 23:

EPT Deauville End-of-Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionNameChips
1Cyril Andre2,108,000
2Remi Castaignon1,997,000
3Hugo Pingray1,864,000
4Aurelien Guiglini1,671,000
5Matthieu Herve1,194,000
6[Removed:4]1,100,000
7Glen Cymbaluk1,100,000
8Gordon Huntly1,015,000
9Eilert Eilertsen1,000,000
10James Mitchell990,000

Also still in the hunt are Eric Sfez, winner of the High Roller here at EPT Deauville last year, and Joseph Mouawad of Lebanon (not the same Joseph Mouawad who won the EPT London ME title back in Season 4).

Players return tomorrow at noon to play down to that final table, and we'll be back here as well to bring all of the action. In the interim, hop on over to the EPT Deauville High Roller coverage as that event has begun today.

Official End-of-Day 4 Chip Counts (full)

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Cyril Andre fr 2,108,000 392,000
Remi Castaignon fr 1,997,000 143,000
Hugo Pingray fr 1,864,000 33,000
[Removed:13] FR 1,671,000 -28,000
Matthieu Herve FR 1,194,000 94,000
[Removed:4] DE 1,100,000 -85,000
Glen Cymbaluk ca 1,100,000 -40,000
Gordon Huntly gb 1,015,000 173,000
Eilert Eilertsen NO 1,000,000 -6,000
James Mitchell gb 990,000 -6,000
Robert Romeo BE 972,000 -84,000
Joseph El Khoury lb 935,000 12,000
Joe Mouawad lb 886,000 -386,000
Eric Sfez fr 883,000 -55,000
Jean Pierre Petroli FR 770,000 -54,000
Yury Gulyy ru 713,000 36,000
Pascal Aznar FR 706,000 63,000
Freerk Post nl 682,000 -10,000
Walid Bou Habib lb 676,000 62,000
Franck Kalfon fr 645,000 -6,000
Fernand Michelet FR 534,000 -25,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb 474,000 -45,000
Noel Gaens be 443,000 -45,000

Play Concluded; 23 Remain

Shamus • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Play has been stopped here on Day 4 with the final 23 players now bagging up their chips. Back with a full recap of today's play in a few.

Sam Grafton Eliminated in 24th Place (€23,000)

Shamus • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Sam Grafton - 24th place
Sam Grafton - 24th place

As Massimo Di Cicco was being eliminated in 25th place on the adjacent table and the announcement was being made to the other tables to stop after one more hand, Glen Cymbaluk opened with a raise to 40,000 from the hijack seat, then Sam Grafton pushed all in for 246,000 total.

It folded back to Cymbaluk who tanked for a bit, during which time media done with watching Di Cicco's bustout gravitated over to the table. "Vultures!" said Grafton with a smile as Cymbaluk continued to consider what to do.

Finally Cymbaluk called, showing {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, and Grafton tabled his {K-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. "I do feel like a king is coming," said Grafton as the dealer burned a card and prepared to deliver the flop.

It arrived without a king, but there was a six to pair Grafton as the flop came {Q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Spades}. Alas for Grafton, the turn was the {A-Hearts} to give Cymbaluk a better pair, and when the {9-Clubs} landed to pair Cymbaluk again, Grafton was out in 24th place.

Glen Cymbaluk ca 1,140,000 235,000
Samuel Grafton Busted

Tags: Glen CymbalukSam Grafton

Thrown a Herveball

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Massimo Di Cicco was all in from the big blind after getting into a raising war against the button Matthieu Herve. All the chips went in the middle to create a 1 million plus pot.

Di Cicco: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Herve: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The flop came {K-Clubs}{2-Spades}{7-Spades} but the {10-Clubs} on the turn left the Italian drawing dead and the {A-Hearts} on the river changed nothing, sending Di Cicco out in 25th place.

The players are now finishing off their last hand for the evening.

Matthieu Herve FR 1,100,000 398,000
Massimo Di Cicco it Busted

Tags: Massimo Di CiccoMatthieu Herve

Chip Counts (full)

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Remi Castaignon fr 1,854,000 404,000
Hugo Pingray fr 1,831,000 311,000
Cyril Andre fr 1,716,000 386,000
[Removed:13] FR 1,699,000 -1,000
Joe Mouawad lb 1,272,000 92,000
[Removed:4] DE 1,185,000 -212,000
Robert Romeo BE 1,056,000 216,000
Eilert Eilertsen NO 1,006,000 -174,000
James Mitchell gb 996,000 -279,000
Eric Sfez fr 938,000 -125,000
Joseph El Khoury lb 923,000 -32,000
Glen Cymbaluk ca 905,000 205,000
Gordon Huntly gb 842,000 143,000
Jean Pierre Petroli FR 824,000 385,000
Matthieu Herve FR 702,000 87,000
Freerk Post nl 692,000 13,000
Yury Gulyy ru 677,000 130,000
Franck Kalfon fr 651,000 228,000
Pascal Aznar FR 643,000 -392,000
Walid Bou Habib lb 614,000 -229,000
Fernand Michelet FR 559,000 13,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb 519,000 -239,000
Noel Gaens be 488,000 -126,000
Massimo Di Cicco it 456,000 -205,000
Samuel Grafton 262,000 -618,000

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Level:
23
Blinds:
10,000/20,000
Ante:
3,000