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EPT - Deauville Main Event Begins Tuesday

The European Poker Tour Returns to France

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After a hiatus of two seasons, the PokerStars European Poker Tour will be returning to France when the €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Casino Barriere de Deauville. The tournament will run until the conclusion of the final table on Jan. 24. Standard EPT structure will be in play, which means the players will start with 10,000 in chips and blinds will start at 25-50. Levels will be 60-minutes long. New for the third stop in Deauville is a €20,300 high-roller event that begins and ends on Jan. 23. Card Player Europe’s live coverage team will be in Northern France to bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos for the entire length of the event.

Here is a look at the schedule for the main event:

Tuesday, Jan. 20: Day 1A -- Eight levels (All tournament days begin at noon CET (3 a.m. PST))
Wednesday, Jan. 21: Day 1B -- Eight levels
Thursday, Jan 22: Day 2 -- Eight levels or down to 32 players
Friday, Jan. 23: Day 3 -- Down to final table
Saturday, Jan. 24: Final table

Deauville was the site of one of the most compelling EPT story lines in the history of the tour during season one. Classmates Brandon Schaefer and Carl Olson made it to the final heads-up match where they dueled for €144,000 in a back-and-forth battle. Schaefer eventually emerged with the title, and he wasn’t finished there. He also finished runner-up at the Monte Carlo Grand Final that year to cement his EPT legacy.

Brandon SchaeferPast EPT Deauville Champions:


Season One: Brandon Schaefer
Season Two: Mats Iremark

2006 EPT Deauville:

Buy-in: €4,000
Number of Entries: 434
Total Prize Pool: €1,600,800
First-Place Prize: €490,000
Places Paid: 40

Final-Table Results:

1: Mats Iremark -- €490,000
2: Mark Boudewijn -- €259,000
3: Kirill Gerasimov -- €155,000
4: Theo Jorgensen -- €118,300
5: Ram Vaswani -- €97,700
6: Patric Martensson -- €76,800
7: Isabelle Mercier -- €60,800
8: Stuart Nash -- €43,500

Notable Cashes: Mickey Wernick (ninth), Julian Thew (21st), Willie Tann (34th)