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Bizarre Partouche Poker Tour Closure is puzzling

by Jeremy

For five seasons, the Partouche Poker Tour has been one of the world’s best poker tournament organizations. They’ve staged some huge events, paid out big prizes, and have slowly grown over their existence. However, based on some drama involving a recent guaranteed event, Patrick Partouche has announced that he intends to shut down the PPT.

The back story is that the PPT guaranteed five million euros for a tournament in Cannes, France. However, once the tourney started and only 4.2 million euros was in the prize pool, the PPT chose not to cover the overlay - despite their previous guarantee. Partouche addressed players over the matter by saying the following:

For forty years I have dedicated my life, my name, my family, to gaming, including poker, my passion. And now I hear that what we do is not enough, is not honest. The Partouche Poker Tour bears my name, that of my family. I will not accept, my staff will not accept, that people can say ‘Partouche are thieves’, ‘Partouche are cheats’. As a result, this week you attended the last edition of the Partouche Poker Tour.

As Andrew Feldman from ESPN wrote, “His announcement wasn’t what the players expected: He cancelled the tour. Even further, he denied that there was a five million guarantee, and at that time, the prize pool remained at 4.2 million.”

Luckily, recent reports indicate that Partouche may have softened his original stance by putting more money into the prize pool. However, his bizarre cancellation of the tour and abrasive attitude towards players who felt they’d been slighted certainly does nothing for the game as a whole. Perhaps a new tournament organization will spawn in Europe to take the place of the PPT’s soon-to-be void.

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