The Partouche tour took a page from the WSOP’s book by delaying its main event final table for two months as the original playdown to the final nine happened back in September.
Trickett came into the final table Saturday with a slight chip lead over the remaining players and managed to both outlast the five players eliminated and stay in a virtual deadlock for first heading into the final four today.
Here's how the counts looked heading into today's action:
- Salman Behbehani 5.28m
- Sam Trickett 5.24m
- Oleksii Kovalchuk 3.76m
- Ilan Boujenah 3.09m
Behbaheni ran his chip count up to about 11 million and had a 2-1 chip lead on Trickett heading into the heads-up match but couldn’t hold.
After battling all the way back to even, Trickett had pulled into a slight lead when the final hand started.
The Titan Poker pro opened to 200k and Behbehani made it 585k. Trickett four-bet to 1.3 million and Behbehani shoved for just over 8 milllion.
Trickett snap-called with tens and Behbehani showed AJ offsuit. The board brought no help for Behbehani and Trickett was the champ.
Part of the new “Brit Pack” taking over UK poker, Trickett moved well past the $6 million mark in live tournament earnings for his career and is now the UK's all-time leading money winner.
Over $4.5 million of that has been earned in the last year alone starting with a win in the $100k High Roller and second in the $250k Super High Roller at the Aussie Millions in January.
Behbehani took home €600,000 for his runner-up finish. 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Oleksii Kovalchuk took third for €379,760.
The rest of the final nine players and their payouts:
1. Samuel Trickett €1,000,000
2. Salman Behbehani €600,000
3. Oleksil Kovalchuk €379,760
4. Ilan Boujenah €300,000
5. Roger Hairabedian €230,000
6. Alexander Dovzhenko €190,000
7. Mustapha Kanit €160,000
8. Alexandre Coussy €130,000
9. Mads Wissing €100,000