Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 4 SubPartouche Main Event...

 Today I played Day 3 of the SubPartouche main event. I had an up and down day, getting short on chips and peaking at 350k. When the night was finished I ended with 134k going into 4k/8k blinds. We are in the money though. The tournament started with 573 players and 57 made the money. There are 47 remaining. The blind levels increase to two hours from this point on.

 Before the start of the tournament today, Patrick Partouche (the owner of the poker tour), announced that he is canceling the Partouche Poker Tour after this series. Obviously the Partouche Poker Tour became tarnished once they decided not honor the 5 million euro guarantee they put on their main event. Below is a video of the end of his speech which he completed in English. Also the aftermath, which begins with me calling him out about the 5 million guarantee. Peter Jetten recorded the video and jumps in the conversation as well. I was recording on my camera too but the footage isn't as good. If you want to see the whole video PokerNews did a write up about it. 

 I have a lot more I could say about this whole ordeal but I will leave at it that for now. Wish me luck in the tournament! I've been wondering if Partouche will still pay me if I win it, haha.

Seat Open...

 Here is an interview I did with PokerNews over the summer at the WSOP in Vegas. 
 I'm heading into Day 3 of the Partouche Main Event in about an hour. I have 70k in chips with the blinds starting at 1200/2400. There are 119 players left and 57 make the money.
 There was a lot of drama surrounding the release of the prize pool for this tournament. Partouche GUARANTEED it would be a 5million euro prize pool. They didn't receive enough players to reach the guarantee, so the difference SHOULD HAVE been paid by the casino. The difference is about 750k euros. I will have to write more about it later...
  Let me just say that things like this happen way too often in poker and it is ridiculous. Many players probably wouldn't have traveled here to play if they knew this was going to happen. Cannes is an expensive city, Partouche takes a HUGE rake (4% uncapped in their cash games/their tournaments they are taking 10% and up to 15% in some of them), it isn't cheap to travel to Europe if you don't live there, and also PokerStars is having their WCOOP (World Championship Of Online Poker) series. I'm sure a lot of players would have skipped this tournament if they didn't have a 5million guarantee. Partouche has denied that they ever "guaranteed" the prize pool and frantically have tried to delete all the evidence about it. Luckily a lot of poker players and people in the industry have saved the proof.
 With that said, I have renamed the brand: SUBPartouche. I'm going to do my best in the tournament and hopefully I can make a deep run. I've had a blast playing a lot of poker lately. Follow my twitter for updates.