Lylloff Tops PGT Ranking List with Riviera Championship Victory
by Michael Strato - 24 July 2007
Sander Lylloff of Denmark won the Main Championship flight of the Partouche Gammon Tour’s Riviera and Nations Cup Backgammon Festival in Cannes this past Sunday taking home €25,000 and claiming the 2007 PGT Ranking List – in fact it was the first Main event Lylloff has won internationally.

The 25-year-old Danish sensation told GammonLife that although he has won a Super Jackpot in Las Vegas and a Masters event in Paris, this was his first main Championship victory, “it always feels good to win,” Sander told us modestly. “I started out young in Denmark, in the clubs and cafes playing a lot of money games and chouettes.”


And that was before Snowie, which he only began to utilize a few short years ago... “the program is great because it give you the answer right away,” Sander said.

Lylloff won the Cannes Final defeating another top player on the PGT, Gotz Hildsberg of Germany. Gotz told us on his first break of the match, when Lylloff was ahead 10-3 in the 23-point match, that the cube had gone to 4 in a game he thought he was sure to win but Sander got lucky and turned it around to gammon him and win 8 points. Sander went on to win 23-4.

In his victory speech, Sander thanks Eric Guedj (R) and the entire staff and organization behind this great new tour that will continue in 2008.

Sander has come in second in various other events such as the 2005 Pro Am with Mark Teltscher of England and in the main Championship of Partouche Gammon Tour’s Lyon Backgammon Open back in May of this year, where he was defeated by Pia Jeppesen, also of Denmark, the previous leader of the PGT Ranking. He also won the 16-country Nations Cup for Denmark here in Cannes this past weekend with partner Morten Holm.


The Ranking list will soon be updated on PartoucheGammon.fr and there will also be a special announcement for the players that are going to participate in the PGT’s grand finale in Grand Domaine de Divonne-Les-Bains from September 6 to 9, 2007 where €100,000 in added prize money will be given away.


We are now in Paris taking a break and will be heading back home Thursday. Meanwhile, all ladders from this event are now completed in the Tournaments section and we will soon publish the full results of the Cannes Backgammon Festival with photos and video taken at the Awards Ceremony... stay tuned!


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