Trickett Holding Course as PPT Main Event Down to 27

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett was the man everyone had their eyes on heading into Day 4 at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes, France and he’s holding up his part of the bargain.

With 20 players already sent to the rail today, Titan Poker pro Trickett has anchored his position in sixth in the chip counts at 755,000 with just 27 players left – up two spots and 200k from where he ended the day yesterday.

It won’t be an easy road to the final table, however, as several experienced pros are positioned to make a charge of their own.

Leading the chip counts is Mustapha Kanit with 2.4 million in chips. Next is Frenchman Alexandre Coussy with 1.8 million, and directly behind him is 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk with 1.7 million.

In the top 10 and threatening is Winamax Pro Ludovic Lacay (702k).

Also still in contention are Americans Tyler Shook (640k) and Joe Cassidy (381k), recent WPT Legends of Poker champ Will "The Thrill” Failla (420k), Russian Alexander Dovzhenko (300k) and the always-dangerous Finnish pro Juha Helppi (259k).

Not be completely outdone by his fellow Brit, Ben Vinson is also still alive and sitting on 452k in chips.

The 23-year-old from London is the son of poker pro Alan Vinson, and while he doesn’t have a ton of big international scores, he still has lifetime earnings of close to $600,000.

Much of that success has come on the local British scene with several cashes on the UKIPT, the Grosvenor Poker Tour and at EPT London.

Each player is now assured of at least €24,000 for his top 27 finish.

The rest of the payouts for the final 27:

1st -  €1,000,000
2nd -    €600,000
3rd -    €379,760
4th -    €300,000
5th -    €230,000
6th -    €190,000
7th -    €160,000
8th -    €130,000
9th -    €100,000
10-12 -   €70,000
13-15 -   €45,000
16-18 -   €30,000
19-27 -   €24,000

Hellmuth in €5,000 Heads-Up Event

Also underway at the casino in Cannes is the high-profile €5,000 Heads-Up Event.

Set to clash in the first round are Phil Hellmuth and Sorel Mizzi.

Other notable matchups include Fabrice Soulier vs. Andrew Feldman, Olivier Busquet vs. JP Kelly and Jake Cody vs. Kevin Goillot.

James Bord, Dan “Jungleman12” Cates, Davidi Kitai and Guillaume Darcourt have also registered to play.

Follow along with the action with the Partocuhe live blog in French and find updated chip counts for the main event here.

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