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  • Sam Trickett Chip Leader in Partouche Poker Tour Main Event to be Held in November

    Monday, September 19th, 2011 by Nadia

Nine players have made it to the final table, to the Main Event of the Partouche Poker Tour to be held in November. It will comprise of Sam Trickett, who will lead the table with chips amounting to over 2.6 million. The table will also have eight other players. Among them will be Alexandre Coussy with 2.47 million, Salman Behbbehani with 2.44 million and Mads Wissing with 2.14 million in chips.

The players will go up against each other to play for €1,000,000 in prize money. The player to bag the second and third places will walk away with €600,000 and €379,760 respectively. The event has been scheduled to take place on 12th November 2011.

The events which lead to the nine players making the final table, took place between the 12th and 17th of September. The field started with 579 players who signed up for events with buy-ins featuring €8,500.

Days 1 and 2: Small Field, Big Buy-In

Compared to most other live tournaments, this was a small field and had a big buy-in amount. The buy-in this year was raised from the €7,750 of last year, an event which saw Vanessa Selbst clinch the top spot and the prize of €1.3 million. The Partouche Poker Tour is based on a structure created by Matt Savage, a director or poker tournaments.

Day 1A of the competition started with a field of 244 players which was reduced to 139, by the end of the day. Some of the top players who were eliminated by then were Men Nguyen, Leonard Truche, Nicolas Cardyn, Antone Saut and Bruno Launais. Another player who did not make it to the Partouch Poker Tour table next day was Peter Jepsen who won the European Poker Tour held in Warsaw in 2007.

Vanessa Selbst, however, was still in the fight, as was Raphael Kroll, Arnaud Mattern, Hassan Fares and Marc Inizan. The chip-leader that day was Anton Ionel. Day 1B had 182 registered players and this included a few professional players like Olvier Bsquet, David Rheem and Gabriel Nassif. The session ended with him being the chip leader for Day 2.

Day 3: Field Reduced to 100 Players

The next event was Day 3 in Cannes, and it had a field of about 100 players. No one at the felt knew who would qualify for the 63 paydays that were up for grabs. Oleksii Kovalchuk started the day with twice as many chips as his competitor. However, towards the end of the day, the player was one of those with the lowest chip counts. When the day came to a close, 47 players went on to play in Day 4 of the event. Including Kovalchuk, a few other players like Tristan Clemencon, Will Failla, Juha Helppi and Joe Cassidy moved on to the event held the next day.

Days 4 and 5: From 18 to 9 Players

Though Juan Macieras started Day 4 as chip-leader, he was taken out in the 36th position. He took home €20,000, while Ludovic Lacay, who was the second in chips at the beginning of the day, walked away with €365,000. Some of the players who made it to Day 5 of the tournament were Sam Trickett, Will Faria and Juha Helpppi, who each bagged €512,000, €775,000 and €366,000.

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