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Trickett Rolls to Chip Lead for Partouche Final Table
UK pro Sam Trickett continued his epic run in 2011 by grabbing the chip lead heading into the final nine at the Partouche Poker Tour main event in Cannes, France.
The Titan Poker pro has over $3 million in live tournament earnings already in 2011, not to mention a British Poker Award for Best Cash Player, and will be looking to add the €1,000,000 first-place prize at Partouche to the total.
The only downside for Trickett? He’ll now have to wait until Nov. 12 to make his play for it, as the final table at Partouche is delayed, similar to the WSOP final table, for television.
After a steady Day 4 that left him with around 500k in chips and near the back of the field in the final 18, Trickett went on a tear early on Day 5.
He doubled up early in the day with aces over kings, built his stack quickly up to 1.5 million by the time they were down to 16 players and then picked his spots cleverly until there were 11 left and he was the chip leader.
He held serve in the lead until the end of the day and will head into the final table with the advantage – albeit a somewhat small one overall given the chip stacks.
The top five are all over 2 million in chips, and even short stack Alexander Dovzhenko sits on close to a million chips.
Making the final 18 players but busting out before the final table were Tyler Shook (18th - €30,000), fellow UK pro Ben Vinson (17th - €30,000), veteran Finnish pro Juha Helppi (15th - €45,000), 2011 WPT Legends of Poker Champ Will “The Thrill” Failla (14th - €45,000) and Winamax Pro Ludovic Lacay (11th - €70,000).
Also making the final table along with Trickett were 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk and veteran Danish pro Mads Wissing.
The final table chip counts are as follows:
1 Sam Trickett 2,605,000
2 Alexandre Coussy 2,473,000
3 Salman Behbehani 2,446,000
4 Mads Wissing 2,144,000
5 Mustapha Kanit 2,047,000
6 Roger Hairabedian 1,890,000
7 Oleksii Kovalchuk 1,626,000
8 Ilan Boujenah 1,241,000
9 Alexander Dovzhenko 944,000
Catch up wih a recap of the weekend action in both the main event and the big side games at the Partouche Poker Tour live blog.