Sunday February 10,2013 : FRENCH VICTORY IN DEAUVILLE POKER DERBY
Insurance broker takes the honours and the Euro 770,000 main prize.
French poker player Remi Castaignon (29), an insurance broker in everyday life, will be celebrating a bigger balance in his bank account this weekend following his victory in the 2013 European Poker Tournament Deauville, in which he bested an entry field of 781 other players to take the trophy, the respect and the Euro 770,000 main prize.
The Frenchman faced a tough final table comprising Walid Bou Habib, Robert Romeo, Enrico Rudelitz, Franck Kalfon, Joseph El Khoury, Noel Gaens and Jeffrey Hakim, surviving them all to face Lebanese pro Walid Bou Habib in the heads up
Although Castaignon dominated much of the action, he encountered a bad patch in which he lost the chip lead to Enrico Rudelitz after losing a tussle for an 8-million chip pot. Playing like a pro, the Frenchman kept his cool and played his way out of a potentially dangerous situation to again take command.
Entering the heads up against Habib with almost double his opponent's chips, Castaignon quickly triumphed, sending Habib home with a second placing prize of Euro 475,000.