Tuesday June 5, 2012 :  FRENCH VICTORY IN WORLD SERIES OF POKER EVENT 6 (Update)
 
Aubin Cazals is $480,564 better off after a profitable poker triumph
 
Aubin Cazals (21) travelled all the way from Toulouse in France to Las Vegas to compete in the 43rd World Series of Poker, but it was worth it following his victory this week in Event 6, the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max contest.
 
After four days of intense poker, the French pro bested a field of 409 to claim the main prize of $480,584 on his third career final table.
 
Cazals said he had enjoyed the unusual format of this year's Mixed Max event, in which play commenced with full-ring tables, switched to six-handed play for the second day and culminated in heads-up clashes once the contestants had been reduced to 32 players.
 
The quality of Cazal's rivals can be seen from the finishing list:
 
Semifinalists:
 
Warwick Mirzikinian
Hugo Lemaire 
 
Quarterfinalists:
 
Marvin Rettenmaier  
Fabrizio Baldassari
Randy Haddox
Adam Geyer
 
To reach his final heads up Cazals had to meet and beat Eric Froelich, Toby Lewis, Adam Geyer and Warwick Mirzikinian, with the match against Mirzikinian lasting a gruelling nine-and-a-half hours alone, during which Mirzikinian dominated much of the action.
 
Cazal's final opponent was Joseph Cheong, a talented and experienced tournament player who finished third on the final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker, winning $4.1 million.
 
The heads up between these two skilled players lasted for five hours, with several changes of chip lead before Cazals was able to eliminate his opponent and send him to the cashier to collect the $296,956 runner up prize.