Victory in Poker

Fabrice Soulier is the 42 year old professional poker champion of 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E.  For years, Soulier has paid his dues at the various poker tables around the world until last year when he won his dream game.  It was not an easy feat for a man like Soulier because of the keen competition that is in place. In the beginning, disappointment and share of close calls has been the prize of Soulier until now. But at the end of every WSOP tournament he’s entered since his debut in 2000, there’s been sorrow and the lingering sense of unfulfilled destiny. And 2011 has proven to be his best year that the god of poker smiled on him. The time was 3.30om and it was a Friday when large French supporters gathered to help him win his game.

Soulier returned to the final table for what was an unscheduled fourth day of play.  All that stood in his way of victory was another tough, formidable foe, who was also seeking his breakthrough victory.  However, Canadian poker pro Shawn Buchanan was the only standing his way. With his victory, Soulier became the third French WSOP winner this year.  The two previous champions were Bertrand Grospellier and Elie Payon.

On how it feels to finally win a WSOP gold bracelet: “I feel very emotional right now.  I almost cried when I won.  I had to hold back my tears.  I feel great.  This is the best day of my poker career, by far.”

On 2011 potentially being France’s big year in poker:

“I hope it is.  We have a lot of good players now, and more and more are coming.  Some of them we do not even know yet.  But they are very good.  I think this is the start of France being a big nation for poker.”


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