Trickett leads in France; Familiar faces near summit of WPT leaderboard

Sam Trickett

Sam TrickettSam Trickett leads the Partouche Poker Tour ahead of the final table getting up and running in just under two months time. Trickett, who already has $3million in live poker prize money this year, will return to the Palms Beach Casino, Cannes as leader on November 12. That’s not to say it’s a commanding position he holds. Trickett’s stack sits at 2,605,000 with a chasing pack of four also possessing stacks over two million chips. The closest to him is Frenchman Alexandre Coussy (2,473,000), a man that has cashed at the event in the past two years. The final nine players are chasing a cool €1,000,000 and will be hoping that they can overhaul Trickett’s narrow lead. The final nine and their chip counts are as follows:

1. Sam Trickett 2,605,000
2. Alexandre Coussy 2,473,000
3. Salman Behbehani 2,446,000
4. Mads Wissing 2,144,000
5. Mustapha Kanit 2,047,000
6. Roger Hairabedian 1,890,000
7. Oleksii Kovalchuk 1,626,000
8. Ilan Boujenah 1,241,000
9. Alexander Dovzhenko 944,000

Last year’s winner Vanessa Selbst is currently over in Atlantic City trying to take down the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open – and doing a ruddy good job! One of poker’s first ladies is sitting second in the chip count with 198,675 chips after day 1A of the €3,500 buy-in main event. She sits behind only Abe Koritki (260,100). It is very early days though. Another familiar name up there is the latest WPT bracelet winner Will Failla who finds himself in fourth place with 189,500. The fifth event of the WPT’s tenth season runs until the 23rd September when a winner will be crowned.