Partouche Poker Tour Refuses to Pay Out Prize Pool

Partouche Poker Tour Refuses to Pay Out Prize Pool September 6, 2012 September 7, 2012 Tim Glocks
Posted on  Sep 6, 2012 | Updated on  Sep 7, 2012 by Tim Glocks

The Partouche Poker Tour that recently took place in Cannes has suddenly caught the eye of the media as reports are circulating that it is refusing to pay its players as from its guaranteed prize pool.

This scandal is surely not going to do anything good for the poker brand and the industry is not likely to view the owners reneging on their initial prize pool amount as promised. The guaranteed amount was offered as a promotional feature trying to woo players to the Partouche Poker Tour.

In the earlier season of the Partouche Poker Tour, the organizers had announced a pool of 5 million. The website of the Partouche Poker Tour stated: “See you next year for season 5 of the Partouche Poker Tour, this time with a guaranteed prize pool of 5 million Euros!”

However, unfortunately for the organizers of the Partouche Poker Tour, the player traffic was not enough to generate the big prize pool of 5 million Euros and they only secured €4.2 million in the pool. The Partouche Poker Tour has issued a €8,500 re-entry Main Event for Pai Gow Poker and this took place in the
French Riviera. It has been reported that a total of 557 players participated in the event. However, the Partouche Poker Tour does not appear to be willing to pay up the difference to make up the pool of 5 million which they had guaranteed.

The difference between the pool of 5 million and the player prize pool created is €800,000, which will have to be paid out in an overlay. The organizers appear to be playing a different tune now and are claiming that the pool of 5 million was never guaranteed. Maxime Masquelier, who is the chief of the Partouche Poker Tour stated: “At no time did we say that €5m was secured when it is guaranteed in writing.”

In the meantime, it has been noticed that Partouche appears to currently be removing online paypal poker sites to the guarantee, although players have already preserved the original information using screenshots, while the cached version of the Partouche website is also available.

Justin Bonomo, a poker professional commented on the Partouche Poker Tour trying to get away without paying what was due in a tweet.

Good thing I posted screenshots instead of links. @partouchepoker is actively deleting instances of the word guarantee. Very incriminating…If @partouchepoker fixes the prize pool I will forgive. Otherwise I will never play there again and I will keep spreading the word,.

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