At the WSOP 2011, Fabrice Soulier became the bearer of one of the most admired bracelets in the poker world. And while France has been sending out its best poker players, some of the best poker players in the US like Phil Ivey have not participated in the WSOP. Others are worried about their funds stuck in their player accounts while many from the younger set of online poker players were just not able to afford the buy-in without a satellite game.

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Winning his first WSOP and $609,130, the 42 year old poker expert played and defeated a 240 player field in the $10,000 HORSE poker event. After a long wait, Soulier has finally made it and 6 years after making his initial WSOP final table, he has now won the WSOP gold.

Soulier now has now earned $3.2 million through poker and prior to this, he had a career in French film and TV industry. Though it may seem a little dodgy, he got bored of his career in the media and thought that he should try his hand at professional poker for a couple of years. The decision has definitely paid off as he is one of the top players in France and stands shoulder to shoulder with the other top players such as Elie Payan and Bertrand Grospellier.

This happens to be Soulier’s tenth major tournmanet win. A triumphant Soulier said, “”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.”

Poker playing has led to eight six figure cashes and an $3.2 million in career live earnings. Soulier has made it to the finals on the Partouche Poker tour, World Poker tour and all over France and now takes the 4th place in France’s all-time money list. Though his success was easy, Soulier mentioned that he had a problem with concentrating.

He said, “I am very emotional as a player and it is very demanding for me. I have to control myself and work on this part of my game. In this tournament, I did pretty well. I went to yoga many times. I did meditation. It cooled me down a little bit and maybe it allowed me to win today.”

Soulier won against Shawn Buchanan when both of them came back on the fourth day. The latter is one of the top poker players without a bracelet and has won 22 WSOP cashes and $3.8 million in total earnings, of which $1.5 million comes from WSOP. This was Buchanan’s second runner up position after the first one in the renowned $25k six handed event in 2010. The remaining noteworthy names in the tournament are Joe Cassidy, Daniel Alaei and Chau Giang.

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