A number of incidents have thrown the Partouche Poker Tour Cannes Main Event into a scandalous light. According to participants, the tournament has seen suspicious rulings and downright cheating.
The €3 million guaranteed Partouche Poker Tour Final in Cannes is one of the bigger and more prestigious European events, each year attracting a number of pros from both France and abroad. This year, names like Phil Laak, Gus Hansen and PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst are playing at the tour's grand finale in Cannes, but sadly the tournament is making headlines today for completely different reasons.
Another high-end participator, Danish pro and newly appointed CardRunners instructor Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, last night presented a series of allegations against the Partouche Casino in Cannes, most notably accusing the staff of favoring the local French players with dubious rulings and straight cheating.
"I have several times seen french players showing each other their cards as they mucked as the last person in the hand without the dealer forcing them to show. I have heard of several times during the tournament where non-french players have done the same thing and has been forced to show their hand" Petersen writes in a thread on TwoPlusTwo.com.
And the cheating, according to Petersen, doesn't stop there:
"A french player and an unknown is in a huge hand on a 2238r board. French guy leads out for 2k, non-french guy makes it 5,7k and the french guy makes to 13k leaving around 20k behind effective. After non-french guy has tanked for a minute an older french guy calls the clock on him and the dealer agrees that he has sufficient time for his decision. Floorman comes over and without saying a word starts clocking him. When there is ten seconds left he starts the countdown and I protest telling him that he should count in english instead of french since the guy clearly doesn't speak the language. Floorman goes "trois, two, one" and between the two and one the non-french guy throws in a pile of 5k chips putting the other player all-in. Other guy SNAPmucks putting his hand over the line and after five seconds or so the non-french player turns over A7o for a complete bluff, and this is where things starts to get crazy" Petersen writes and continues.
"After staring at the board for like 5 seconds the french player now puts his hand BEHIND the line again and claims that the other guys hand is dead because he didn't react in time and the floorman counted to zero, which is obviously total bull**** since the floorman didn't say a word."
"All of a sudden the four other french players at the table AND the floorman agrees that his hand is dead and starts stacking the pot up and shipping it to the french player. We all start protesting loudly and appealing to call someone with more authority because the ruling is terrible and downright cheating. Four-five men in suits come over and discuss the hand for 10 minutes in French (none of them speak english) and even though we try to argue and protest they somehow rule that the French player now has the option to call off his chips AFTER seeing his opponents bluff! The guy calls with ATo and the river is a 6 giving him the pot."
The Partouche management will also face allegations of neglect after a player had two 5,000 chips stolen from him during a break. So far, no official comments have been made by the Partouche Casino in Cannes.
Read the original post by Petersen on TwoPlusTwo.com