Pollak, MacPhee Chase Carlino with 15 Left at EPT Deauville

Benjamin Pollak
Pollak: Has singing baker in his sights.

The amiable and animated Joseph Carlino is living out an EPT dream in Deauville - at least for the next 12 hours or so.

Carlino, a former baker who's played four or five EPTs in the past without cashing, sang and stacked his way to 2.7m at the end of Day 4 for the chip lead with 15 players left.

Busting two players and taking big chunks from a few more more, Carlino seemed to thoroughly enjoy his day and the results.

He'll head into the playdown to the final table tomorrow with a slight edge on Italian Carlo Savinelli and a bigger one on the rest of the field.

Lurking in the pack, however, are pros Benjamin Pollak and Kevin MacPhee who will also be looking to earn a seat in the final six.

ElkY Done Early, Six Frenchman Remain

One player who won't be joining them is Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

Flying high for Days 1 and 2 and looking threatening for a deep run, ElkY's road hit some bumps yesterday to put him on a short stack.

It didn't take long for the rest of his chips to hit the middle but he found no luck, busting in 31st.

Fellow French pro Benjamin Pollak had much better luck, growing his stack over the day to end with 877,000 and a solid shot at the final table.

Kevin MacPhee
MacPhee: Alive and kicking.

American pro Kevin MacPhee had a few more ups and downs, including losing half his stack but getting it back with quads.

By day's end he managed to hold on to 581,000, good for 13th. Chipleader coming into the day, Georgios Kapalas, is just ahead with 585,000. The top 10:

  • 1 Joseph Carlino 2,757,000
  • 2 Carlo Savinelli 2,565,000
  • 3 Benjamin Buhr 2,001,000
  • 4 Dany Parlafes 1,850,000
  • 5 Matas Cimbolas 1,621,000
  • 6 Ognyan Dimov 1,103,000
  • 7 Andrius Bielskis 1,095,000
  • 8 Benjamin Pollak 877,000
  • 9 Olivier Piechaczyk 841,000
  • 10 Massou Cohen 641,000

Players will return at 12 local time tomorrow and will play down to the final six. Follow along with the EPT Live Stream here. For a full recap of today's action, check the PokerStars blog.

Jonathan Little Stomps Day 1 of $10k High Roller 

Jonathan Little
FieryJustice indeed.

While the EPT Deauville Main Event played down to 15 players, Jonathan Little smashed his way to 283,100 chips.

He trails only local Eric Sfez who picked up 315,300 to snag the overnight chip lead.

Day 1 attracted 122 players, which is already enough to break last year’s record-breaking 113 entries. In addition registration will remain open until the start of play tomorrow so the field could grow even larger by the time the final buy-in is tallied.

Davidi Kitai (135,000), Eugene Katchalov (124,700), Dominik Nitsche (73,200) and Adrian Mateos (73,100) are among the 63 players who made it to Day 2.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of play:

  • 1. Eric Sfez - 315,300
  • 2. Jonathan Little - 283,100
  • 3. Ivan Luca - 244,300
  • 4. Gilbert Diaz - 232,600
  • 5. Garrett Gruener - 220,400
  • 6. Thomas Butzhammer - 182,000
  • 7. Joao Vieira - 174,100
  • 8. Josip Simunic - 169,000
  • 9. Andrei Ivashkin - 161,200
  • 10. Andrey Andreev - 157,800
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