September 9, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — In a tough four-day tournament characterized by long hours at the felt, Frenchman Alain Roy was victorious in the Partouche Poker Tour Cannes Main Event over the weekend, beating a field of 480 entrants that included top global players like Gus Hansen, Scotty Nguyen, Robert and Michael Mizrachi, Noah Schwartz, Jeff Madsen, David Williams, Alexander Kostritsyn, Pascal Perrault, Nicholas Levi, Erica Schoenberg, Tiffany Michelle, and Phil Ivey.
Roy’s heads up with Claudio Rinaldi after a grueling four days of poker action was, by contrast, a short and sharp three hands affair that ended with Roy pocketing the $1,426,645 winner’s check, leaving Rinaldi with a generous second placing payday ofÂ $729,158.
The elimination of Gus Hansen after 15 hours of tiring Day 3 play set the final table for the main event, which comprised Stephane Bazin holding the chip lead on 2,387,000, with Roy close behind on 2,225,000, followed by Philippe Narboni, Brice Cournut, Jean Philippe Rohr, Claudio Rinaldi, Anthonin Teisseire and Michel Abecassis.
Hopelessly short-stacked Abecassis was first to go, eliminated by Rinaldi and collecting $112,278 for his trouble. Out in seventh place for $143,378 was Brice Cournut, taken out by Bazin. Minutes later, he was followed by Rohr in sixth place — another victim of Rinaldi, but taking home $175,477.
Narboni took the fifth spot, picking up $223,270 after being sent to the rail by Roy, who went on to eliminate Bazin in fourth place forÂ $321,709. Roy was by now chip leader, and his next target was Tesseire, who was sent home in third place with $477,926.
Going into the heads up, Roy held a significant chip lead of almost 8 to 1, and his dominance was reflected in the three hands it took to despatch Rinaldi.