Giuseppe 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:-
|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|