Sam Trickett has had an amazing year at the felt in 2011 having won more than $3,000,000 from live poker tournaments and the year just continues to go from strength the strength as he has not only reached the final table of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event but he returns to the Palm Beach Casino, Cannes, France on November 12 as the chip leader!
Trickett started Day 5 with 512,000 chips, enough to place him in 13th place with 18 players remaining but shortly after the restart he doubled up to 1,200,000 after being on the right side of an aces versus kings scenario. These extra chips allowed Trickett to play his usual style and he continued to pick up chips throughout the next level and he soon found himself with 1,500,000. He wrote on his Twitter account, [sic] “16 left, I had a great level. Got 1.5m now! Can't help but be disappointed tho cuz ben busted” He was of course referring to Ben Vinson, a fellow British player, who busted out in 17th place at the hands of WPT Legends of Poker winner Will “The Thrill” Failla.
Over the next few hours well known names such as Juha Helppi, the aforementioned Failla and Ludovic Lacey were eliminated and when Emile Petit was busted out in 10th by Salman Behbehani the final table of nine was all set and the action was paused until November 12.
When the “French November Nine” return to their seats in a couple of month's time it will be Trickett who starts as chip leader with 2,605,000 chips but amazingly for a tournament of this size (579 entrants) second to fifth place all have more then 2,000,000 chips and even the short stack, Alexander Dovzhenko, has 944,000 so a double up will see him right back up there with the leaders.
Each of the nine surviving players is guaranteed no less than €100,000 but they are only eight opponents away from winning a massive €1,000,000! Here are the full chips counts for the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event final table: