The last time this humble blog reported on an event from Deauville, France was February 12, 2006. The lady of the the French Coast was one of the players’ (and, frankly our) favorite places to stop on the European Poker Tour. Since then, due to uncontrollable circumstances and the vagaries of the poker world, Deauville has remained only a pleasant memory. Absence has made the heart grow, if not fonder, at least a little misty for the old haunt on France’s northern shore.
Enter the ever-likable John Duthie.
Duthie, creator and chief executive of the European Poker Tour, has announced that the EPT Deauville event is back on on the calendar for the coming year. The Season Five French Open will run at Casino Barriere de Deauville on January 20-24, 2009.
The luxurious town of Deauville will once again attract hundreds of poker players who will sit down to play in the charming Casino Barriere Deauville including all four of the Team PokerStars Pro ladies; Vanessa Rousso, Vicky Coren, Isabelle Mercier and Katja Thater. As well as the ever successful ElkY, Noah Boeken, Alex Kravchenko, Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri and Chad Brown.
PokerStars players, as always, can win their tickets to EPT Deauville on PokerStars.com. Satellites are running daily and platers can win a package worth more than $9,000 which includes buy-in to the tournament, hotel accommodation and expenses. Players can buy directly into the main event for €5,300. The event is capped at 700 players and is looking an estimated prize pool of €3,360,000.
We’ll see everybody in Deauville.