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Flavien Guenan Leads WSOPE 6 Max Championship

Posted by Andy on October 08, 2011 at 1:06 BST

Flavien GuenanThe WSOPE is back! One of the happiest hunting grounds for UK poker players in recent years has been moved from its previous London location to the French Riviera, but this has not deterred a great British invasion into the town of Cannes and the Le Croisette Casino. Last year´s WSOPE Main Event winner, James Bord, leads a contingent of top UK poker which include Chris Moorman, David Vamplew and Dave Ulliot as well as recent EPT London Main Event contenders Martins Adeniya and James Mitchell.

Strong USA Line Up Make Their Presence Felt

As well as the Brits, a strong American (Canadian) presence is in Cannes. Among those grateful to be eating “poisson et frites” rather than fish and chips are Phil Hellmuth, Joe Ebanks and Jason Mercier – who are all looking for valuable points in the race for WSOP Player of the Year – together with top lady players Vanessa Rousso and Vanessa Selbst, and top girlie Daniel Negreanu, who actually left his hotel room to compete in a live poker event rather than play with his ego/hair/laptop.

A French 1-2 in Opening Bracelet Event

Despite the massive influx of international stars, a French 1-2 lead the way in the opening bracelet event – the€2,680 Hold´em 6 Max Championship. Flavien Guenan takes a slight chip advantage from compatriot Benjamin Pollak into Day 2 of the three day tournament – these two being the only two players to crack the 100,000 chip barrier. Both players ascended to the top of the leaderboard on their final hands – Guenan calling early chip leader Alessandro Speranza´s massive bluff with a pair of Jacks at the same time as Pollak´s Q♠ J♠ found two pairs on the flop and sent Nicholas Levi to the rail.

Good Attendance for First Event

The final roll-call for the opening NL Hold´em 6 Max Event was 360 – up almost 50% of the 244 who played in the equivalent event when it was staged in London last year. The total prize pool amounts to €846,000 and this will be shared out among the top 36 players – with the winner receiving a very healthy €215,999. 80 players made it through to Day 2, when 8 one-hour levels are due to played with blinds starting at 300/600, and the leaderboard at the end of Day 1 looks like this:-

Place

Name

Chips

1

Flavien Guenan

108,800

2

Benjamin Pollak

106,425

3

Antonio Venneri

99,575

4

Casey Kastle

86,100

5

Vanessa Selbst

81,100

6

Johan Sundell

72,450

7

Peter Jetten

71,775

8

Anton Wigg

67,075

9

Guillaume Humbert

65,900

10

Bruno Benveniste

64,475