The Noumea Poker Open is perhaps not the most recognisable series in the world, but it has delivered a great stories in world poker today, as its Main Event (around $1,000 Buy -In) reached a conclusion. There had been 212 entries, with 49 re-entries, but among that field was one man in search of elusive redemption. In 2014, it must have been disappointing for Benjamin Benoit to go all the way to the final table, only to finish 3rd place. The following year, he no doubt bought in with a determination to beat his previous year's finish, and take the title. He managed to fulfill half of that goal, somehow navigating his way through the field once again, only to fall painfully shy of his goal, with a 2nd place finish. This year, amazingly, he once again made the final table, with a comfortable chip lead, and finally, after a 3rd and a 2nd in the previous years, he took his 1st place. Benjamin Benoit takes home a gold ring, along with XPF 6,427,000 for his efforts (USD$60,044.)
Benjamin Benoit (Photo Casino de Noumea)
Tetsuya Tsuchikawa impressive in the side events
In further news from New Caledonia, Tetsuya Tsuchikawa has also been tearing up the felt at the Noumea Poker Open, having finished 9th in the Main Event, alongside winning the PLO hi/lo event, and taking 2nd and 4th in two other PLO side events. This caps an impressive week for the Japanese pro.
One more trophy for "Tet" (Photo Casino de Noumea)
APT Noumea in November
Looking ahead to the future, players can begin thinking about for the next big series going on in New Caledonia, with APT Noumea coming up later this year. Between November 15th and 24th, this venue will host the APT, with the usual array of poker tournaments and fun on offer. There will be PLO, a bounty tournament, a deep stack, the Main Event, alongside a High Roller, and other regular Holdem events. The Main Event will feature a XPF 100,000 (USD$934) buy in, with the High Roller costing XPF 200,000 to enter. The Main Event allows for re-entry, and all events are set to be hosted in Casino de Noumea.
See you in november