Partouche Poker Honour Main Event Guarantee
The Partouche Poker Tour has made headlines recently, after the Main Event of the tournament, held in Cannes, France, failed to generate a full EUR5 million prize pool. Patrick Partouche, the owner of the Partouche Poker Tour, responded to concerns and criticism from players, and the poker press, by saying that the EUR5 million prize will stand, instead of the EUR4.3 million that the field of 580 players had generated.
He discussed the situation quite transparently, even taking to twitter for a while, before informing players of the decision. He did not admit any wrongdoing, but did say that the guarantee would be honoured. The statement, translated into English, said “Ever since my somewhat controversial announcement concerning the end of the PPT, it has come to my attention that there has been a certain amount of disruption in the media which may have led our players to be convinced of the existence of a guaranteed prize pool. While the official rules show clearly that the only guaranteed sum was that of EUR500,000 to the overall winner, I do acknowledge that there may have been some misunderstanding caused by the way that this event was promoted in the media. I have therefore asked the Partouche Group to bear the consequences and make up the difference by adding to the prize pool”.
This is good news for all the players, but will it be too late to repair the damage caused to the brand by the controversy?