Paris Tournaments

The maiden EPM event in the City of Lights proved to be one of the more popular of the newly formed tour’s schedule. Participants had to fight for the 153 seats up for grabs, and the prize pool estimated at about €500 000.

The Venue

The sophisticated Aviation Club de France has been host to several of the more elite international poker tournaments over the years and it remains one of the only venues outside of North America and the Caribbean that forms part of the World Poker Tour. The Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Poker Tours, as well as the Euro Finals of Poker have all taken place in the stylish Club first formed in 1907 by a group of aviators who have left their names and accomplishments in the annals of aviation history.

The Club is situated slap bang in the middle of one of the most stunning cities in the world, on the famed boulevard, the Champs-Elysees, about 500m from the Arc de Triomphe. It demands the same stylish demeanour from its guests, so casual clothes are very much a no-no, and as with everything French, the Club offers unique games like Courcheval and Aviation, as well as the well worn regulars – Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7 Card Stud.

The Results

The sun was way up over the Arch built in honour of one of France’s more famous citizens, Napoleon Bonaparte, before the final 8 took their seats at the table. Only a single German was amongst the remaining seven homeboys, and initially the play was the epitome of nervousness, with no-one making any moves unless their hands were good. By hand 68 it was heads-up time for Brice Cournut and Benjamin Kang, who again insisted upon premium hands before placing any further bets. In the final hand it took the young trainee aviator 5 whole minutes to call Kang’s pocket sevens, and the entire room was gobsmacked when Cournut flipped over pocket jacks to claim the coveted EPM Paris, the trophy and over €130 000!

The Final Table

  1. Brice Cournut – €136 600
  2. Benjamin Kang – €72 570
  3. Xavier Detoumel – €51 210
  4. Sam El Sayed – €34 150
  5. Gilles Smadia – €25 610
  6. Meyer Benchetrit – €21 345
  7. Francois Tardieu – €17 075
  8. Benjamin Brami – €12 805