Trickett Rising as Partouche Main Event Bubble Pops

Sam Trickett

The bubble has popped at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes, France and Dane Mads Wissing is the chip leader with just under a million in chips.

Trailing him is a very strong final 63 players, however, including 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk (845k), who built a massive chip lead to end Day 2 yesterday only to see Wissing race by him today.

Also moving up quickly in the chip counts is 2011 British Poker Award winner (Best Cash Player) and Titan Poker pro Sam Trickett, who’s made a steady climb up the leaderboard on Day 3 to now sit 8th with close to half a million in chips.

Trickett now has 470k after starting the day with just 129,000.

Two hours of hand-for-hand play was needed before the bubble popped with Jean-Jacques Mars busting in 64th to be the bubble boy.

Other notables still in contention and now guaranteed at least €12,000 for making it past the bubble are Juan Maceiras (750k in chips), Ludovic Lacay (457k), Arnaud Mattern (283k), Will Failla (259k), Tristan Clemencon (240k), Claire Renaut (225k), Joe Cassidy (215k), Juha Helppi (161k), James Bord (147k) and Freddy Deeb (90k).

Notables eliminated on Day 2 play yesterday included Jason Mercier, Max Lykov, Tobias Reinkenmaïer, Nichlas Mattson, William Thorson, Andrew Feldman, Chino Rheem, Davidi Kitai, Vanessa Selbst, Alex Kravchenko, Antonio Esfandiari and Dan Cates.

All of the big-name bustouts have meant big side-game action with over 350 players including Mercier, Selbst, Phil Laak and Fabrice Soulier in the latest €1,500 event that started yesterday.

Follow along with the Partouche live blog in French and get updated chip counts here.

First-place payout for the winner is €1,000,000 with the runner up taking home €600,000.

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