Pascal Lefrancois, a professional poker player from Canada, performed extraordinarily well in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2010, winning over $1,000,000 and a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Continuing to perform well after his WSOP success, Lefrancois finished second in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Kahnawake Main Event 2012, seventh in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2014, and ninth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final €25,000 buy-in high-roller 8-max tournament. HendonMob says that the 26-year-old Canadian poker pro has won $2,307,009 in the course of his career.
Recently, Philippe Baret of PokerNews France approached Lefrancois for an interview to find out more about how he developed as a player. When asked how he got started with playing poker games online, he said that he began playing poker games for fun with his friends, one of who encouraged him to start playing the game online.
Speaking about his evolution as an online poker player, he said that he developed very slowly, playing only low-stakes games during his very first year. By 2006, he had begun winning money and decided to spend more time playing the game. He also decided that he would like to play poker professionally. A few months later, he began playing big online poker tournaments at Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
When asked about poker in Montreal, he said that Montreal is home to the Playground Poker Club and Casino de Montreal, which offer excellent poker games at different stake levels. However, Lefrancois hardly played at these brick-and-mortar venues as most of his time was spent playing poker online.
Sharing his views about Montreal’s poker community, he said that he has plenty of friends with whom he discusses poker strategies. He said: “I think that sharing opinions and views with other players is extremely important to make progress.” Some of Lefrancois’ friends are Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Marc-Etienne Mclaughlin, Philippe D’Auteuil, Martin Jacobson, Jason Lavallee, and Francois Billard.
Further speaking about his evolution as a poker player, he said that there are hardly any similarities between what he was in 2006 and what he has become now. This is chiefly because “the game evolved so much,” making it more and more difficult to make a living out of it. The competition was very weak in 2006, but today, the competition is higher.
In addition to continuing playing poker, the poker pro would like to complete his studies at the Montreal Business School soon.