We're one day close to the newest European Poker Tour (EPT) Champion as 15 players returned for Day 5 of the PokerStars-sponsored Main Event in Deauville, France. Play halted once again when only six remained.
Sweden's Daniel Carlsson was the first to join the spectators behind the velvet rope. He was followed by Olivier Piechaczyk, Julien Duveau, and Geogrios Kapalas before the man from the headlines for the last few days was also eliminated. The poker world has been closely watching Kevin MacPhee as he got closer and closer to becoming only the second person in poker history to win two EPT titles. Unfortunately, he will not be joining that one-member club quite yet. MacPhee lost all of his chips and became the 11th-place finisher for €38,080.
Joseph El Khoury, Carlo Savinelli, Matas Cimbolas, and Massou Cohen also hit the exits on Day 5, leaving our final six to continue for the title. Dany Parlafes holds a monstrous chiplead with 7,580,000 — over 40% of the chips in play. Benjamin Pollak also hangs on with 1,670,000 in fifth place. They will be joined by Benjamin Buhr, Ognyan Dimov, Andrius Bielskis, and Joseph Carlino on Saturday to play for the glory.
High Roller Down to 12
Day 1 of the €10,300 High Roller broke an attendance record for the Deauville stop on the EPT tour. That record was pushed a little further when six new entrants joined the 60 Day 1 survivors before registration closed on Day 2. That puts the total entries at 128.
The 66 hopefuls played 10 one-hour levels. When play paused for the night, only 12 players remained. Leading the pack is Russian Nikolay Komcharokov who is the only player who bagged more than a million chips. Robin Ylitalo follows close behind, and Davidi Katai and Tobias Peters are still in the hunt as well.
Day 2 also saw the bursting of the money bubble as 17 players were scheduled to be paid. Jonathan Little was the first to collect cash when he was eliminated in 17th. Fabio Sperling, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Artur Koren, and Roman Korenev also headed for the cashier to collect their prize on Friday.
Those that did not survive to make the money include Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Team PokerStars Online Vincente Delgado, Andrea Dato, Oleksii Khoroshenin, and Anton Wigg.
Check back with PokerNews Canada again tomorrow as we will be announcing two new EPT Champions with the conclusion of the Main Event and High Roller.