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European Poker Tour -- Deauville Stop Begins Tomorrow

Deauville Main Event Looks to Top the 645 Players that Attended Last Season

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Moritz KranichThe PokerStars European Poker Tour heads to the Normandy Coast of France this week for the second tour stop of 2010. The €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event begins Wednesday at noon local time and it will crown a champion on Monday, Jan. 25. Last year the event attracted an impressive field of 645 players and created a prize pool worth €3,096,000. The champion was Moritz Kranich (pictured right), who took home the top prize worth €851,400. The 2009 stop was the third time that a EPT event was held in Deauville. It was part of the schedule during seasons one and two, and then took a brief hiatus before becoming a part of the tour once again for season five.

EPT Deauville will also include a €20,000 high roller no-limit hold’em event and a €200 ladies no-limit hold’em event. There will be a total of eight tournaments at this tour stop and you can check out the full schedule on the tournament’s landing page. Card Player will be featuring daily news recaps during the event in addition to the PokerStars blog feed, and the EPT Live video feed, which will run on Sunday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 25.

Players will begin with 30,000 in chips in the main event and blinds will begin at 50-100. Levels will last 60 minutes on day 1 and they will increase to 75 minutes thereafter. Here is a look at the full schedule for the main event:

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Day 1A (play 8 levels)
Thursday, Jan. 21: Day 1B (play 8 levels)
Friday, Jan. 22: Day 2 (play 8 levels)
Saturday, Jan. 23: Day 3 (play down to 24)
Sunday, Jan. 24: Day 4 (play down to 8)
Monday, Jan. 25: Final Table

2009 EPT Deauville:

Buy-in: €5,000
Number of Entries: 645
Total Prize Pool: €3,096,000
First-Place Prize: €851,400
Places Paid: 64

Final-Table Results:

1: Mortiz Kranich — €851,400
2: Arnaud Esquevin — €495,400
3: Tristan Clemencon — €284,800
4: Andrea Benelli — €219,800
5: Jonathan Azoulay — €182,700
6: Jorn Walthaus — €142,400
7: Bruno Launais — €108,300
8: Thomas Delattre — €77,400