18 left at Partouche Main Event – Mustapha Kanit leads

18 left at Partouche Main Event – Mustapha Kanit leads

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Mustapha Kanit is the man to beat heading into the penultimate day of the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes. Kanit, who has an Italian Poker Tour main event win to his name and around $500,000 in career tournaments earnings, starts the penultimate day in France with a stack of 2,357,000 putting him just ahead of Alexandre Coussy who has 2,136,000.

Sam Trickett heads the UK challenge. The winner of the Best Cash Game Player gong at the British Poker Awards returns in 13th place today with a stack of 512,000, fairly short but still deep enough to do plenty of damage. Ben Vinson, son of veteran pro Alan, is also still in the hunt for the €1m payday. He'll have his work cut out though, returning as he does as the short stack with just 232,000 chips.

2009 Poker Million runner up Juha Helppi and French pro Ludovic Lacay will also be back but like Vinson and Trickett will be somewhat short stacked.

The complete chip counts are as follows:

Mustapha Kanit – 2,357,000
Alexandre Coussy – 136,000
Roger Hairabedian – 1,826,000
Oleksil Kovalchuk – 1,603000
Ilan Boujenah – 1,542,000
Mads Wissing – 1,400,000
Tyler Shook – 1,073000
Kamel Chhiti – 806,000
Will Failla – 775,000
Salman Fouad Behbehani – 624,000
Emile Petit – 552,000
Alexander Dovzhenko – 536,000
Samuel Trickett – 512,000
Benjamin Chevalier – 386,000
Juha Helppi – 366,000
Ludovic Lacay – 365,000
Guerfi Mesbah – 341,000
Benjamin Vinson – 232,000

32 players, including Phil Hellmuth, JP Kelly, Andrew Feldman, James Bord and Jake Cody started the €5,000 heads up contest. By the close six of the eight quarter finalists had been decided with Daniel Cates, Matt Perrins and Sorel Mizzi all making it through to the last eight.

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