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Selbst Wins Scandal-Tainted PPT Final
Vanessa Selbst walked away a winner from a scandal tainted Partouche Poker Tour main event final table in Cannes this weekend.
The WSOP November Nine-style delayed final table was set last month with nine players after the €3 Million Guaranteed €8,500 event drew 764 to the Palm Beach Casino in Southern France.
In the interim, rumors began circulating that the player fourth in chips, German Ali Tekintamgac, was involved in a cheating scandal.
Coming off a WPT Spanish Championship win and a final table appearance on the IPT, accusations were made against the red-hot Tekintamgac during a deep run at EPT Tallinn.
Allegedly a credentialed journalist was being employed to watch opponent's hole cards and send signals.
The Partouche Poker Tour distributed a press release proir to commencing play in the final simply stating Tekintamgac had been found guilty of obtaining his Partouche Poker Tour Season 3 final table seat through fraudulent actions and and he had been disqualified.
Selbst entered the now eight-person final table as the chip leader with respected French pro Fabrice Soulier breathing down her neck.
Soulier could do no better than third, however, as Selbst went on to beat Raphaël Kroll heads-up and collect the €1,300,000 first-prize.
The newly minted Team PokerStars Pro, NAPT Mohegan Sun champ and WSOP bracelet holder now has better than $3.8 million in lifetime tournament winnings with the PPT win marking her biggest cash to date.
German Tobias Reinkemeier, who cashed in four EPT main events last year and took down the €25,000 High Roller Event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for $1.2 million, was the first player busted from the final.
Here's how the PPT main event finished:
1 Vanessa Selbst €1,300,000
2 Raphaël Kroll €800,000
3 Fabrice Soulier €500,000
4 Mickael Etelapera €360.000
5 Ibrahim Raouf €300,000
6 Soren Konsgaard €240,000
7 Cyril André €187,500
8 Tobias Reinkemeier €110,300