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Is 2015 EPT Deauville Last Hurrah for Normandy? Tune In Sunday
The ninth edition of the European Poker Tour's stop on the “Parisian Riviera” is about to get underway this weekend.
With the lead-in France Poker Series already attracting a huge field, EPT Deauville will bring things home with a €5,300 Main Event and a €10,300 High Roller Event.
Will it be last time the EPT brings its full festival force to the shores of Normandy?
We'll soon know what its prospects are.
Second-Most Appearances on EPT Schedule
Deauville is one of the most renowned seaside resorts in France. It's a place with a long tradition of horse racing and it's where the French upper class have traditionally spent their holidays.
It's appeared in film and literature, and it even has its own film festival.
None of that, however, happens in early February. That's one of the reasons the EPT can stage a huge festival there, but it's also what makes the continued viability of a stop in Deauville up in the air.
Some say it’s an event in a ghost town. The traditional follow-up destination to the exotic PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Deauville is on European soil but still somehow feels almost even more remote than the PCA.
But there’s a reason why the event is going into its ninth year. It's charming, localized in one place and comparatively affordable to places like Paris and Cannes.
Behind only London and Barcelona, with 11 appearances each, it clearly has worked in its own way. It also now has its own storied history.
FPS Draws Big Crowd, EPT Draws Big Names
One of the reasons it's succeeded in recent years is the added France Poker Series, whose main event this year attracted 1,355 players.
Combined with the pull of an EPT title, the big "local" names like ElkY Grospellier, Gabriel Nassif, the de Meulder brothers, Arnaud Mattern and Anton Wigg have all come out in force.
This year there also looks to be a high-class field brewing for the EPT events. Apart from the main event there will be a €10k High Roller Event starting on Thursday.
Last year Sotirios Koutoupas won the main event and the first title for his home country, Greece. He beat PokerStars pro Eugene Katchalov and cashed €614,000.
Lucien Cohen and Remi Castaignon are the only players so far to score a home win for France. Other notable winners were Brandon Schaefer in the 1st season as well as Brit Jake Cody and German Moritz Kranich.
In the last three years, though, the number of main event runners has decreased from 890 (2012) to 782 (2013) to 671.
It remains to be seen if this year's edition will stop the downward trend. If it doesn't, Deauville will be on trial for its spot on EPT S12.
PokerListings On the Scene Starting Sunday
As for 2015 PokerListings will be on location for the EPT Main Event starting on Sunday Feb. 1.
We’ll bring you all the news and drama from the tournament plus a look at reasons for and against keeping Deauville on the calendar.
Check back right here in our EPT News section for live reports and interviews starting this weekend. Follow along with the live stream starting on Tuesday right here.