Partouche Poker Tour – Giuseppe Pantaleo Leads Day 1B

Giuseppe PantaleoGiuseppe Pantaleo emerged as a clear leader yesterday in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event at the Palm Beach Casino in Cannes.

By the end of Day 1B, he had amassed a huge total of 265,000 chips – standing 63,500 chips clear of second placed Mads Wissing and an incredible 85,200 ahead of Day 1A chip leader Lionel Anton.

Giuseppe Pantaleo – who is actually German and has a deep history of final table appearances in EPL events – plays online as “Le Chiffre” (the bad guy in James Bond´s “Casino Royale”) and “Ansgar2000”.

Pantaleo has recorded more than $1.5 million in online tournament winnings to add to the $400,000 he has collected in live tournament cashes in the past year.

The World´s Top Players Chase 1 Million Euro First Prize

A total of 579 entered the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, either by qualifying at one of the Partouche Casinos or by ponying up the €8,500 buyin. A total prize fund of €4,921,500 will be distributed among the top sixty-three players, with the winner collecting a cool €1 million and anybody making the final table assured of €100,000.

Among those who survived Day 1 and hope to repeat the success of Vanessa Selbst in last year´s event are David “Chino” Rheem, Joe Cassidy, David Vamplew, John Eames, Jason Mercier, Dan Cates, Sam Tricket, James Bord, JP Kelly and Ms Selbst herself. Those who valiantly fell by the wayside included Phil Hellmuth, Jake Cody, Darren Woods, Matt Perrins, the Mizracho brothers, Phil Laak, Guillaume Darcourt, Fabrice Soulier and recent WPT Paris winner Matt Waxman.

The Quality of the Partouche Leads to Tough Tables

With so many big names competing in one of Europe´s most valuable events, it is not surprising that there have been a number of tough tables. John Eames was tweeting throughout most of Day 1A about his ongoing battle with Vanessa Selbst, and yesterday we saw Leo Magrets, Jason Mercier and Chino Rheem drawn together, Antonio Esfandiari facing Hugo Lemaire and WSOP Circuit winner  Joseph Cheong playing against runner up in the EPT Madrid High-Roller event Benny Spindler.

Of course, being on an “easy” table does not make the game any simpler. Sam Trickett lost a hand with a flopped top set against a player who stayed in the hand to complete a runner-runner draw before having to chop a pot with AA v AK and Phil Hellmuth (noticeably gracious in defeat again) received an “ugly beat” when getting his A♣ K♣ sucked out by A♠ 10♠ on a board which fell Q♠ Q J / J♠ / 6♠.

Looking Ahead to Day Two

Day 2 (of 5) will consist of five two hour levels for the 321 remaining players, with blinds starting at 400/800 (ante 100), so not many of the players will be in immediate trouble. The Partouche Poker Tour is played in the same way as the World Series of Poker Main Event – where a final table will be played out in November – so we will not find out this week who will be the next €uro poker millionaire, but those who are still in with a very good chance include:-

Place Name Chips Place Name Chips
1 Guiseppe Pantaleo 265,000 14 Chino Rheem 123,300
2 Mads Wissing 201,500 21 Olivier Busquet 113,000
3 Juan Maceiras 184,000 31 Joe Cassidy 102,800
4 Lional Anton 179,800 32 Arnaud Mattern 102,500
5 Julien Pavon 162,800 53 Vanessa Selbst 86,200
6 Sam Chartier 158,800 55 David Vamplew 83,400
7 Hassan Fares 144,500 80 Jason Mercier 68,400
8 Alexandre Bonnin 140,200 88 Dan Cates 64,700
9 Sylvian Fossard 129,600 92 Sam Trickett 63,300
10 Willy Korchia 128,700 104 Matt Giannetti 59,200
11 Bernard Tallefer 127,300 183 John Eames 42,000
12 Gabriel Nassif 125,700 241 James Bord 29,600