It’s not often that a player gets eliminated from a poker tournament the day before the event even starts, but this is precisely what happened as the final table for the Partouche Poker Tour Season 3 Championship prepared to get underway in Cannes, France.
In a story that will surely send shockwaves through the poker world, and might actually change the access reporters have at poker tournaments from here on out, German poker pro Ali Tekintamgac was caught cheating on his way to the Partouche Poker Tour final which will be held this weekend.
According to the Partouche Poker Tour, German poker player Ali Tekintamgac used fake bloggers/reporters milling around the floor to signal him the strength of his opponents’ hands. This is actually the second time Tekintamgac has been charged with implementing this ruse, he was similarly asked to leave an EPT tournament in Tallinn earlier in 2010.
After reviewing video footage from early on in the tournament there was enough evidence to disqualify Tekintamgac from the event –his chips will be forfeited, and tournament officials are still trying to determine what to do with the 9th place share of the prize-money, a hefty €110,300. The Partouche Poker Tour also handed the videos over to local authorities, so losing out on a shot at the €1.3 million which will go to the first-place finisher may be the least of Tekintamgac’s problems!
In a post on the 2+2 poker forum a while back Shaun Deeb brought to light the EPT Tallinn incident –although he refused to name names, or to disclose the particular tournament—and was resoundingly ridiculed for thinking this was a big deal. Apparently it is, and it will likely be swiftly dealt with by the poker world, probably by banning all tournament reporters not directly affiliated with the tournament.
Tekintamgac’s other tournament performances will now have to be closely inspected as well: He not only made the final table of the Partouche Poker Tour Grand Finale, but also won the 2010 WPT Spanish Championship, and has two other cashes in major tournaments in Europe, the aforementioned EPT Tallin tournament, as well as the PokerStars EPT Season 6 Grand Final.
Here is a look at the now Final 8 players at the Partouche Poker Tour final table, which will get underway today:
- Seat 1: Tommi Etelapera – 3,129,000
- Seat 2: Soren Konsgaard – 1,073,000
- Seat 3: empty
- Seat 4: Raouf Ibrahim – 3,492,000
- Seat 5: Cyril André – 600,000
- Seat 6: Raphael Kroll – 2,390,000
- Seat 7: Vanessa Selbst – 3,951,000
- Seat 8: Tobias Reinkemeier – 819,000
- Seat 9: Fabrice Soulier – 3,652,000
With a €5,684,160 million prize-pool, the winner of the tournament will be looking at a mammoth payday, €1,300,000! Heading into the final table most people are picking Vanessa Selbst to win the event. Selbst will enter the final table with a small chip lead over French poker pro Fabrice Soulier.
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