Dubbed the “French November Nine,” the final table of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event kicks off today and everyone at UK PokerNews will be rooting for a certain Sam Trickett, who starts the day as the overall chipleader with 2,605,000 chips.
Taking down this event, and the €1,000,000 first place prize, would be the proverbial cherry on the cake for Trickett's 2011, a year that he really put himself on the map. The Nottingham-born star had already started to create a big name for himself having won a GUKPT Main Event, finishing fourth in a $5,000 event both in 2008 then finishing second in the same $5,000 event two years later and making it to fourth place at EPT Vilamoura but it is 2011 that Trickett will be remembered for.
He started off by winning the $100,000 buy-in event at the Aussie Millions then finishing as a runner-up to Erik Seidel in the $250,000 Super High Roller event. These two results alone netted the former professional footballer almost $3,000,000! Also in 2011, Trickett has a number of deep runs in major events including a seventh place finish in the £20,000 EPT London High Roller and a fourth place finish in the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at this year's World Series of Poker Europe. Add to this his massive wins in the ultra-high stakes cash games in Macau and the fact he has won more than $300,000 in less than 40,000 hands on PokerStars and it is easy to see why Trickett is now seen as one of the best players in the world.
Standing between our hero and another title is a star-studded final table, a final table who are all quite even in chips (as you can see in the table below) when play gets underway. Amongst those still vying for the win are the dangerous Salman Behbehani, Mustapha Kanit, Ilan Boujenah, and “Big” Roger Hairabedian.
Final table line-up
Trickett should be extremely well supported in Cannes but one player who will not be there is James Akenhead who seems to be running bad away from the tables as well as at them. According to a status on his Facebook page, Akenhead arrived at the check-in desk for his flight at 0:642, with no luggage, only to be told the gate closed at 06:40 and they would not let him on! Guess the airline? That's right, EasyJet, what a surprise that is. Regardless of who is there and who is not we are sure everyone in the UK is behind Trickett and his quest for even more glory. Good Luck Sam!
Payouts for the Partouche poker Tour Main Event Final Table
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