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Australian Aaron Lim Takes Third In Partouche Poker Tour Main Event

Posted at 21:00 2012-09-10 by Matthew Pitt

The controversial Partouche Poker Tour Main Event has been completed and, according to its owners, will never run again. One man who will be disappointed with this news is Aaron Lim who almost went all the way and won the tournament but fell just short, finishing in third place for €417,499 (AUD$515,375).

The Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) Main Event last week hit the headlines for all of the wrong reasons when it denied the advertised €5,000,000 prize pool was every guaranteed. Despite publicly mocking the players ability to read and stating the PPT would cease to exist after this event was over, the officials eventually backed down and boosted the prize pool from €4,264,580 to the initially advertised €5,000,000. Although doing this has cost the PPT €735,420 in cash, one feels it has cost them far more in terms of future lost business as a large number of respected poker players say they will boycott any event the PPT or its management team are part of.

With the extra money being added to the prize pool Lim walked away with more money than he would have done just 48 hours earlier. The €417,499 he picked up was by far his largest career score, his previous largest live tournament cash topping the scales at HKD$358,700 (AUD$46,238) which he was awarded for his fourth place finish at the APT Asian Series in Macau just a couple of months ago.

Lim was outlasted by Russia's Karen Sarkisyan who in turn lost out to Germany's Ole Schemion after a tense heads-up battle. Sarkisyan took home €693,494 for his efforts whilst the eventual champion got his hands on the trophy, the kudos for winning such an event and the massive €1,172,850 first place prize.

What happens to the PPT now is the guess of anyone but if the organisers are true to the world this was the last PPT Main Event you will ever see. At least Lim will remember it fondly.

Partouche Poker Tour Main Event Final Table Payouts

PositionNamePrize (EUR)Prize (AUD)
1Ole Schemion€1,172,850$1,447,600
2Karen Sarkisyan€693,494$855,975
3Aaron Lim€417,499$515,315
4Dan O'Brien€341,991$422,100
5Marcello Marigliano€267,492€330,150
6Fabrice Touil€223,498$275,850

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