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EPT Copenhagen: Edging closer

The tournament officials at Casino Copenhagen tinkered with the schedule today. We were originally intended to play down to 32 players, which would probably have taken about eight levels, but they decided at the last minute to make it 40, perhaps fearing we would be here all night. Had they forgotte...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 19, 2009 10:41 PM

EPT Copenhagen: End of act one

And there we have it; day 1b is in the books. In keeping with what we have seen countless times before, this was not a day for the faint hearted. Right from the off, when the seat draw pitted Bertrand Grospellier, Gus Hansen, Michael Tureniec, Jesper Hougaard and Annette Obrestad on a table that wen...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 18, 2009 10:35 PM

EPT Copenhagen: Curtain rises in Copenhagen

Less than 24 hours ago the mood in Copenhagen's poker circles was one of jubilee; an evening spent toasting the latest winners at the Scandinavian Poker Awards, names like Eastgate, Sahamies and In de Betou. Tonight though, after eight day 1a levels of play, the mood is more of relief and rest for t...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 17, 2009 10:30 PM

EPT Deauville: Kranich wins in Normandy

No one ever won a poker tournament without making the odd bluff, hitting the odd card, laying the odd trap and making the occasional hero call that might also have sent them to the rail. The 28-year-old Moritz Kranich from Hamburg, Germany, has shown all the requisite skills and more in Deauville th...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 24, 2009 4:20 PM

EPT Deauville: Final table in place

Fifty percent of the starting field here in Deauville were French. Of the 48 players who have cashed so far at Casino Barriere this week, 21 grew up beneath le tricolore. And tomorrow's final table, which begins in Normandy at 2pm, will feature eight players. Five of them, you guessed it, are French...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 23, 2009 10:13 PM

EPT Deauville: Into the Money

When we started today the general consensus was that we wouldn't get anywhere near the last 32 player stage, which is what is usually expected on day two of an EPT. All the hallmarks of a long day in the saddle were plain to see: nearly 250 players and a money bubble for starters. But like Mother Na...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 22, 2009 10:04 PM

EPT Deauville: Day two done

At around 7pm this evening, media row might have been mistaken for the place to be. It resolutely isn't - let's get that clear - but in quick succession we had visits from the World Champion Peter Eastgate and then Luca Pagano, the record holder for cashes on the European Poker Tour.Each, unfortunat...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 21, 2009 10:59 PM

EPT Deauville: Good to be back

Many attractions lure the world traveller to these parts. The picturesque streets are only the backdrop to the town's annual film festival, and year-round Deauville is one of the centres of French horse racing. After this week, it will become time for Deauville to be recognised once again as a centr...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 20, 2009 10:57 PM

PCA: Nazari claims title in Paradise

Every step around Paradise Island is an assault on the senses: vibrant colours dazzle from the sea, sand and bartenders' shirts, while the sound of calypso music pipes through the undergrowth 24-hour a day. Strangers are greeted with warm handshakes wherever they go, and the smells and tastes of the...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 12, 2009 2:30 AM

PCA: Final table ready

Around these parts, if you want to sit down for a decent meal, you are advised to get a reservation. Otherwise, you may go hungry or end up eating a tuna sandwich out of a deli cooler. If you have the right amount of money in your pocket, you can get a seat at nearly any table in town. One table, ho...more

by Stephen Bartley on January 11, 2009 2:29 AM
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