Saturday June 20,2015 : 2015 WSOP event 34
The start of the weekend has seen three more gold winner's bracelets awarded at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with Canadian hockey pro turned professional poker player Dan Idema, US pro Byron Kaverman and Quebec retired businessman Andre Boyer all prevailing in their events.
Perhaps one of the more remarkable victories was that of retired Quebec businessman Andre Boyer (72) who broke a ten year bracelet drought to claim his second WSOP bracelet after 29 WSOP cashes and 9 final table appearances at the prestigious tournament since he began competing there in 1996.
A long-time poker fan who founded an amateur players club in his home city, Boyer had to best 872 other hopefuls to win event 34, a $1,500 buy-in Split Format novelty competition running for its second year at WSOP and requiring significant skill.
The event attracted a slew of top players, all striving to claim one of the 92 cashes from a prize pool worth $1.17 million.
Over four days the field was reduced to a truly international final table of eight, and that was quickly distilled to an all-French speaking heads up as Boyer and Parisian player Erwann Pecheaux went at it in a spirited contest in which the lead see-sawed between the two until Boyer was able to put his opponent away, sending him home with the $156,098 runner-up prize.
Boyer's second bracelet carried with it a $250,483 first prize, whilst other final table pay-days looked like this:
Andrew Gaw Philippines $109,015
Chris Bolek Ecuador $76,605
Gavin O'Rourke Ireland $55,981
Jonas Christensen Denmark $41,249
Idan Raviv Israel $30,053
Isaac Kawa Belgium $21,096