There’s been a satisfactory resolution at the Partouche Poker Tour, and plenty more money won at Pokerstars’ World Championship Of Online Poker
Partouche Poker Tour update
Despite a defiant speech a couple of days ago from Patrick Partouche during which he insisted that there had never been any guarantee of a minimum €5 million prize pool at the tour’s main event in Cannes, there has now been a climb down from the company and the €736,880 overlay will be honoured after all. In a written press release Partouche bizarrely blamed “disruption in the external media spreading confusion and erroneous information which may have led our players to be convinced of the existence of a guaranteed prize pool” rather than accept any blame attributable to the PPT, but at least players will now be getting the correct payouts. Devastating your company’s reputation first then paying out the money anyway seems like a strange way to do business, but each to their own.
The WCOOP results are coming in thick and fast now. A quick look at some of the more recent ones shows that event 11 ($215 heads up) saw the final two players chop the money and bank $53,634 each. An obligatory amount of $5,000 more had to be left to play for to claim the title and that was picked up by Stunnaf00 of Canada who saw off the Swede Vichyn88.
Event 12 ($215 PLO8 1R1A) saw each of the final two players reject a deal at times when they held the chip lead – a decision mikal12345 would not regret after going on to claim first for $43,396. As well as a nice pile of cash the Norwegian picks up some valuable player of the series leaderboard points to add to those collected for minor cashes in events 1 and 2.
Another chop in event 13 ($530 6 max NLHE) saw Ajoin21 from Belgium take a slightly bigger slice than Georgios “gkap13” Kapalas, with $10,000 left over to play for. Kapalas is a big winner both live and online but his experience was not to enough to see him over the line against Ajoin21 who collects $114,313. It has been a rather unorthodox month for Ajoin21 who was playing $1.5 STTs at the start of September but has jumped in to far bigger games since the WCOOP started.
Event 14 ($215 stud hi/lo) saw two Team Pokerstars members at the final table in the form of Eugene Katchalov and 2011 WSOP main event winner Pius Heinz. Both fared well, with Heinz eventually busting out in 3rd for $13,100 to leave his team mate heads up against trollringen of Norway. Katchalov has serious pedigree in mixed games though (e.g. WSOP bracelet in stud and 3rd place finish in the 2010 WSOP $10,000 HORSE event) and he went on to finish trollringen off for $24,588.
It has been a good series for the Team Pokerstars pros so far and in event 15 ($215 6 max PLO) it was the turn of a former member of Team Online to win big. Operating out of Mexico now, American Clayton “cnew27” Newman took first place after accepting the second biggest portion of a three way chop following the departure of Mickey “mement _mori” Petersen in 4th. After picking up the remaining $5,000 that the final three were playing for cnew27 gets a total of $51,391.
With only 423 players starting event 16 ($215 2-7 single draw) the prize pool was fairly modest by WCOOP standards, although Cyprus’ (RIP)C.McRae will no doubt still be happy with their $17,343 for first place. For some there was more at stake than just the money though and event 10 winner George Danzer’s small cash in this was enough to give him tied first place along with mikal12345 in the player of the series race. Eugene Katchalov is very close behind in third place.
More updates will follow as we get them.