On Tuesday, 335 players returned to the blue European Poker Tour (EPT) felted tables in Deauville, France as the PokerStars-sponsored €5,300 Main Event pressed onward with Day 2. This event has been thus far dominated by players from the host country, and though registration remained open until play resumed at noon, not a single Canadian is present in the field.
The day saw many familiar faces eliminated from the event. With just 138 players remaining at the end of the day, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Michael Tureniec, Vincente Delgado, Gabriel Nassif, Julien Brecard, Lucien Cohen, and Jake Cody were all among those who did not survive the day.
Irishman Alex Tikhoniouk had the tallest stack at the end of play with 312,600 chips. He his playing his first-ever EPT event and was down to just four big blinds early in the day, but was able to run it up to a chiplead.
Sitting in second in chips is someone we could claim as an honourary Canadian. American Kevin MacPhee spends a lot of his time in Canada to play online, since he is unable to do so in his home country of the "Land of the Free." MacPhee will return with 308,300 chips, right on the heels of the chipleader.
PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand Grospellier and Benjamin Pollack also have top-10 stacks with 281,500 and 275,000, respectively, and others who will return include Jan Heitmann, Day 1b chipleader Guillaume Darcourt, Eugene Katchalov, Marcin Horecki, and Dominik Panka.
The 138 players returning for Day 3 will be looking to make it past 88th place, as the top 87 will make money in this event. The winner if this EPT title will be earning €543,700 for their win. Check back with PokerNews Canada to see a recap of the events of Day 3.