Partouche Poker Tour

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The Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) was a series of poker tournaments held at casinos owned and operated by the Partouche group in France. The tour operated on a three-tiered structure, with two levels of satellites eventually feeding into the Main Event held at the Palm Beach casino in Cannes.

Satellites with a €125 buy-in were held every Tuesday and Thursday from November to July, with winners earning a place in the next round of Super Satellites. Players could also have entered a Super Satellite directly for a €1,075 buy-in. Each of the six Super Satellites, held at a different Partouche casino, was limited to 500 entrants, with the top 50 finishers at each event earning entry to the Main Event.

The Main Event consisted of the 300 Super Satellite ticket winners, plus other players who pay the €8,500 buy-in. As of 2010, the Main Event was held in September, with the competitors playing until the nine-player final table is reached, at which point the tournament adjourns. In a format similar to that of the World Series of Poker Main Event, the final nine players returned in November to play until a champion was crowned.

In 2012, Patrick Partouche, CEO of the Partouche group, announced that the tour would not return in 2013. [1]

Main Event results[edit]

2008[edit]

Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st France Alain Roy €1,000,000
2nd Switzerland Claudio Rinaldi €511,100
3rd France Antonin Teisseire €335,000
4th France Stephane Bazin €225,500
5th France Philippe Narboni €156,500
6th France Jean-Philippe Rohr €123,000
7th France Brice Cournut €100,500
8th France Michel Abécassis €78,500
9th Denmark Gus Hansen €58,000

2009[edit]

Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st France Jean-Paul Pasqualini €1,000,000
2nd France Cédric Rossi €606,700
3rd Italy Gianni Giaroni €357,200
4th France Michel Janvier €262,400
5th Canada Wesley Pantling €211,800
6th France Hassan Fares €155,800
7th Sweden Michael Tureniec €133,600
8th Finland Mika Puumalainen €118,700
9th Finland Henri Kettunen €102,300

2010[edit]

Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st United States Vanessa Selbst €1,300,000
2nd France Raphael Kroll €800,000
3rd France Fabrice Soulier €500,000
4th Finland Tommi Etelapera €360,000
5th Egypt Ibrahim Raouf €300,000
6th Denmark Soren Konsgaard €240,000
7th France Cyril André €187,500
8th Germany Tobias Reinkemeier €130,700

One of the players who had made the final table, German player Ali Tekintamgac, was disqualified from the tournament for cheating. This was not the first time he had been caught cheating; earlier in 2010 at the European Poker Tour stop in Tallinn, he was found to have used colleagues posing as bloggers and journalists to signal his opponents' hole cards.[2]

The 2010 main event also sparked a controversy, after the tournament staff was accused of making dubious rulings in favor of local players. Danish poker pro Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen and American poker pro Michael Binger reported a hand featuring a French and an Italian pro player Mustapha Kanit, whereupon the floorman ruled in favor of the French player even though he had thrown his hand into the muck.[3][4][5]

2011[edit]

Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st United Kingdom Samuel Trickett €1,000,000
2nd Kuwait Salman Behbehani €600,000
3rd Ukraine Oleksii Kovalchuk €379,760
4th Israel Ilan Boujenah €300,000
5th France Roger Hairabedian €230,000
6th Italy Mustapha Kanit €190,000
7th Ukraine Aleksander Dovzhenko €160,000
8th France Alexandre Coussy €130,000
9th Denmark Mads Wissing €100,000

2012[edit]

Final Table
Place Name Prize
1st Germany Ole Schemion €1,172,850
2nd Russia Karen Sarkisyan €693,494
3rd Australia Aaron Lim €417,499
4th United States Dan O'Brien €341,991
5th Italy Marcello Marigliano €267,492
6th France Fabrice Touil €223,498
7th United States Dan Smith €178,496
8th Spain Tomeu Gomila €139,499
9th England Tom Alner €105,404

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Chad Halloway, "Patrick Partouche Announces End of Partouche Poker Tour Amid Controversy", PokerNews, September 6 2012
  2. ^ "Teemu" (2010-11-06). "Partouche Poker Tour: Ali Tekintamgac disqualified from today's final table". HighStakesDB.com. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  3. ^ Barnwell, David Michael (2010-09-07). "Cheating scandal strikes at Partouche Poker Tour Cannes". Poker.org. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  4. ^ Newell, Jennifer (2010-09-10). "Poker News Nuggets 09/08: Raymer on LNCC Board, Good and Bad from Partouche". Pokerworks.com. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Michael Binger revient sur l'incident au Partouche Poker Tour" (in French). PokerActu.fr. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 

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