€8,500 Cannes Main Event

What a Mess

Chaos in the Casino
Chaos in the Casino
The crowded scene around the unofficial final table is perhaps best illustrated visually rather than verbally, as demonstrated here.

Spectators and a heap of tournament staff are jam packed around the table four and five rows deep to try and catch a glimpse of the night's final hand, if and when it comes.

Free flowing media access is, well, nonexistent, but do not fear -- tournament reporter MarcC is on the case fighting through the crowds so that we can deliver the last bit of action to your monitors. Good on ya, Marc . . . Good on ya.

Another Big Tangle

Just a few minutes into the last table's play, we have already had our second big pot involving Gus Hansen.

Opening from late position, Michael Abecassis got all his chips into the middle pre-flop holding {A-Diamonds} {A-Spades}. He was looked up by Gus Hansen, who had plenty of chips and held {A-Clubs} {K-Clubs}. With a pot of nearly 700,000 chips up for grabs, the dealer ran out the board:

{4-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {7-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}

Gus Hansen failed to overcome his severe deficit, and he shipped 342,000 chips over to his opponent. Michael Abecassis, on the other hand, is on the up and up, having climbed just over 700,000.

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Limped Hand Finds it Hard to Pick Up Chips

Gus Hansen limps from first position, drawing [Removed:133] and the two blinds into the pot before we see a {K-Diamonds} {3-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} flop.

Hansen bets out for 48,000 and only Cournut calls before the turn comes {7-Diamonds}. This time Hansen check-calls a 100,000 bet from Cournut.

The river comes {7-Spades} to which Hansen checks again. "Wow," he says as Cournut bets 350,000. Too much for Hansen to call and he mucks saying "Jack-ten is good."

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Updated Chip Counts

Alain Roy -- 1,590,000
[Removed:133] -- 360,000
Antonin Tesseire -- 280,000
Philippe Narboni -- 1,480,000
Claudio Renaldi -- 1,340,000
Stephane Bazin -- 1,380,000
Michael Abecassis -- 420,000
Jean Philippe Rohr -- 310,000
Gus Hansen -- 1,800,000

Last Table Draw

Seat 1: Alain Roy
Seat 2: [Removed:133]
Seat 3: Antonin Tesseire
Seat 4: Philippe Narboni
Seat 5: Claudio Renaldi
Seat 6: Stephane Bazin
Seat 7: Michael Abecassis
Seat 8: Jean Philippe Rohr
Seat 9: Gus Hansen

Also at the table, sitting in Seat 10, is a second dealer who is shuffling the other deck during the hand in order to keep play moving.

Pierre Yves Ayme Eliminated in 10th Place ($54,213)

Phillipe Narboni made it 80,000 to go from the cut-off before Pierre Yves Ayme reraised to 300,000 from the small blind, leaving himself 272,000 back. A conversation then took place between the two in French where it looked as though Ayme was trying to talk Narboni into playing back at him.

Narboni obliged by putting Ayme all in and he called with {A-Clubs} {Q-Clubs}. Off to the races they went as Narboni tabled {J-Diamonds} {J-Hearts}.

The board ran {4-Spades} {J-Clubs} {2-Spades} {J-Spades} {8-Spades} for quad jacks! Narboni celebrated with his friends, nearly knocking a few people over in the meantime.

We're now on a small break as the nine players reconvene at one table until we lose one more.


It's getting late here in Cannes and several of the players are starting to show signs of fatigue. The local time here is 4:22 a.m. and we've been told they're not stopping until they reach the goal of eight.

Stay tuned... we could be in for a long night!

Raul Paez Eliminated in 11th Place ($34,953)

Raul Paez
Raul Paez
Raul Paez was first to act and found a hand good enough to move in for his last 50,000 chips. It was folded round to [Removed:133] who raised his eyebrows and called in the dark.

Paez revealed {Q-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} and Cournut was surprised and glad to see he was ahead with {A-Clubs} {3-Hearts}.

The board ran {7-Hearts} {2-Hearts} {5-Spades} {3-Diamonds} {9-Clubs}. Cournut paired his three but ace high would've been good enough to win. Paez gets up and leaves to a round of applause.

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Guillaume Darcourt Eliminated in 12th Place ($34,953)

Guillaume Darcourt
Guillaume Darcourt
Guillaume Darcourt has just been eliminated from the tournament by Philippe Narboni.

The hand saw Narboni open the pot with a raise from early position to approximately 90,000. Action then folded around to Darcourt who opted to move all in for a total of about 500,000. All players folded back around to Narboni who made a quick call and tabled a pocket pair of kings; Darcourt turned over {A-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs}.

The community cards came {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {4-Hearts} putting a full house on the board, but Narboni's kings gave him a better boat, subsequently putting an abrupt end to Darcourt's Cannes Main Event.

After the hand, Narboni stacked up just over 1.1 million in chips.

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