The Partouche Poker Tour has crowned the fifth and last-ever winner of its Main Event – Ole Schemion. Schemion, from Germany, defeated a field that included 489 poker players and won a first-place prize of €1,172,850 for his efforts.
Finishing immediately behind Schemion was Karen Sarkisyan who banked €693,494. Aaron Lim finished in third place collecting €417,499, followed by Daniel O’Brien who won €341,991. Marcello Marigliano collected €267,492 for finishing in fifth position while Fabrice Touil earned €223,498 for coming in sixth overall.
Amid controversy last week, the Partouche Poker Tour’s chief operating officer, Patrick Partouche, held an animated press conference during which he suggested that this year’s Main Event may be the last held by the Partouche Poker Tour. Partouche made the comment in response to accusations that tour officials were being dishonest when they referred to the Main Event’s €5 million guaranteed prize pool as a “marketing trick” as opposed to a binding commitment when they realized the total of all the buy-ins paid by players wanting to participate in the Main Event was more than €700,000 less than the guarantee.
The day after Partouche’s press conference, the tour’s parent company issued a statement that said it would make up the difference and make sure the Main Event’s advertised €5 million guaranteed prize pool was fully funded.
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