Old Wines and
Becomes Fourth French Champion at 2011 WSOP
Wins First Gold Bracelet
Pro Wins $5,000 Buy-in Triple-Chance No-Limit Hold’em Title
New Champion Rakes-In
Full House at
the 2011 WSOP -- Tournament Attendance on a Record Pace
Total Prize Money Crosses $100 Million Mark – With Main Event Still to Come
Bracelets Won – Eight More Events Still to Go
Antonin Teisseire were a bottle of red wine, he’d be a Grand Cru -- vintage
Teisseire, a full-bodied
45-year-old professional poker player from Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, France won the
most recent World Series of Poker competition, held at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Teisseire busted out 816 other
poker players who entered the $5,000 buy-in Triple-Chance No-Limit Hold’em
championship, which was the 50th of 58 gold bracelet events on this year's WSOP
schedule. First place paid a whopping $825,604 in prize money. But
the real prize that mattered most to Teisseire was a ten-inch cylinder of gold
representing ultimate supremacy in the poker world.
Teisseire was born in a town
which is located in the heart of France’s famous Rhone Valley. He now
resides in Cote d’Azur. It’s a robust region best-known for cultivating
powerful cabernets and zesty zinfandels.
Indeed, when it comes to the
finest things in life, Teisseire is a fruit bomb. He’s proverbially
packed with loads of cherries, raspberries, dark fruits and complex jam
flavors. There’s also a twist of oak. This hearty grape resembles
black tea, spice aromas, rose petals, anise, mixed with a hint of tar.
But things were not always this way when the poker vineyard was initially
planted. The hearty wine took considerable time to mature. Alas,
the young Teisseire was fiercely tannic and bitter to the taste. But
gradually with age, he became extraordinarily powerful with full flavors of
apple, cherry and smoke that were supremely gratifying to the palate.
Attempts to cultivate and grow this grape outside of the tiny region of
Southern France have all failed miserably.
He’s a product of the Cote d’Azur through and through.
“If eating, drinking and
partying were my sport, I’d be the Phil Ivey of the game,” Teisseire barked out
via an interpreter, moments after jumping into a crowd of supporters
celebrating his victory. “I love to eat! I love to drink! I
love to live life!”
The three-day long tournament
stretched into an unscheduled fourth day, due to some extraordinary play during
the latter stages of the competition. In the end, it was the oak
barrel-waisted Teisseire who de-cantered everyone’s WSOP dreams. Among
the dinner guests who made it through the main course in this event were some
of poker’s very best – including Eric Froehlich (4th), Ryan Young (21st), Barry
Greenstein (27th), Vitaly Lunkin (28th), David Bakes Baker (32nd), Sam Stein
(53rd), Ken Aldridge (60th), Pete Vilandos (63rd), Allen Bari (64th), Josh
Arieh (69th) and Daniel Idema (70th).
But they all were finally eaten up for dessert.
No doubt, if Wine Spectator
were rating all the players who cashed in this event, there would be a lot of
96s and 97s, and a even few 98s and 99s.
would be only one perfect score of 100, and it belonged to gold bracelet
champion Antonin Teisseire. He's aged to poker perfection.
For a comprehensive recap of Event
#50, please visit the WSOP.com tournament portal page HERE.
EVENT #50 CHAMPION – ANTONIN TEISSEIRE
World Series of Poker $5,000 buy-in Triple-Chance No-Limit Hold’em champion is
Antonin Teisseire, from Cote d’Azur, France.
a 45-year-old professional poker player.
mostly played in bars and private games.
He has been playing card games for 25 years, seriously for money during
the last five years or so. During most
years, the game he played regularly was Five-Card Draw.
This is the
first WSOP event Teisseire has played at this year’s WSOP.
Teisseire’s first cash at the WSOP.
victory, Teisseire collected $825,604 for first place.
official records, Teisseire now has 1 win, 1 final table appearance and 1
in-the-money finish at the WSOP.
has $825,604 in career WSOP winnings.
to be classified as a professional poker player (in WSOP records and stats),
since he has been a full-time player for about six years.
becomes the fourth French winner this year at the WSOP. The three previous champions
were Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Elie Payon and Fabrice Soulier.
becomes the eighth French player in history to win a WSOP gold bracelet. The previous winners were Patrick Bruel,
Gilbert Gross, David Benyamine, Vanessa Hellebuyck, Bertrand Grospellier, Elie
Payan and Fabrice Soulier.
opinion is that the best French poker player in the world is Bertrand
On how he enjoys life to the fullest:
“I have a lot
of friends. I like to eat. I like good food. I like to party. And, I don’t like to work.”
On how all the French supporters
changing poker into a sporting atmosphere:
“We are Latin
people. We like to show our emotions.”
On why French players are performing
so well at this year’s WSOP:
of variance. We did not do so well in
previous years. But we are supposed to
win a lot this year.”
On what would happen if he won the
WSOP Main Event Championship:
“The joy is
so huge already for me now, that I can’t imagine that feeling.”
THE FINAL TABLE
final table was comprised of the top nine finishers.
table contained just one former gold bracelet winner – Eric Froehlich (2 wins).
nations were represented at the final table – France (1 player), Russia (1 player)
and the United States (7 players).
The runner up
was Darryl Ronconi, a company executive from the suburbs of Chicago. Ronconi was close to even with his final
opponent late in the tournament, but ultimately went card dead when things
mattered most. Nonetheless, Ronconi
could take great pride in his sixth WSOP cash, which paid $510,053 in prize
play began Thursday evening at 9 pm. Played
concluded about 8 hours later (playing time wise) the following day at 5 pm. Play was suspended when at four-handed due to
the hard-stop rule (no more than ten levels of play, daily).
table was played in two parts, first on the secondary stage and then the following
day on ESPN’s main stage. The new final
table set this year is getting raves in terms of design and appearance. No stage in the history of poker has ever
looked as spectacular. Viewers will be
able to see ESPN’s coverage again once the WSOP Main Event begins in July.
streamed live over WSOP.com. Viewers can
tune in and watch most of this year’s final tables. Although hole cards are not shown, viewers
can follow an overhead camera as well as a pan-shot of the table. The floor announcer provides an official
account of the action.
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS
The top 81
finishers collected prize money.
players that cashed in this event were – Eric Froehlich (4th), Ryan
Young (21st), Barry Greenstein (27th), Vitaly Lunkin (28th),
David Bakes Baker (32nd), Sam Stein (53rd), Ken Aldridge
(60th), Pete Vilandos (63rd), Allen Bari (64th),
Josh Arieh (69th) and Daniel Idema (70th).
gold bracelet winner Barry Greenstein’s in-the-money finish gives him 51 cashes
for his career, which ranks in a tie for 11th place on the all-time
bracelet winner Vitaly Lunkin has now cashed 15 times since the start of the
2009 WSOP, which is among the leaders within that time span.
are to be included in all official WSOP records. Results are also to be included in the 2011
WSOP “Player of the Year” race.
of the Year” standings can be found at WSOP.com HERE.
ODDS AND ENDS
attracted 817 entries.
age of entrants was 30.1 years.
There were 12
females who played in this tournament, representing 2.5 percent of the field.
This is the 942nd
gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP
event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were
no actual gold bracelets awarded. It
also includes the 16 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe (2007-2010). Moreover for the first time ever, one gold
bracelet was awarded for this year’s winner of the WSOP Circuit National
WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s
victory (or some hours later when the tournament ends very late). The ceremony takes place inside The Pavilion,
which is the expansive main tournament room hosting all noon starts this
year. The ceremony begins at the
conclusion of the first break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20 p.m. The national anthem of the winner’s nation is
played. The entire presentation is open
to the public and media. Video and
photography is permitted by both the public and members of the media.
bracelet ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, July 3rd. The national anthem of the winner’s country,
France, will be played in honor of his victory.
This will be the fourth time this year France’s anthem has been played.
2011 WSOP STATISTICS
Through the conclusion
of Event #50 the 2011 WSOP has attracted 54,309 combined total entries. $102,040,655 in prize money has been awarded
conclusion of this tournament, the total prize pool for all events just crossed
the $100 million mark.
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet
winners has been:
conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has
conclusion of this tournament, the home-states of (American) winners have been:
New York (5)
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to
semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:
Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt
Perrins, Sean Getzwiller, Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler
Bonkowski, Brian Rast, John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason
Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier, John Monnette, Elie Payon, Mark Radoja, Chris Viox, Dan Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Lee, Sam Stein,
Mark Schmid, Jason Mercier, Mikhail Lakhitov, Fabrice Soulier, Mitch Schock,
Matt Jarvis, Justin Pechie, Ben Lamb, Rep Porter, Andre Akkari, Joe Ebanks,
Lenny Martin, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Antonin Teisseire
Semi-Pros (5): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot, Oleksii
Kovalchuk, Eric Rosawig, Arkadiy Tsinis
Amateurs (6): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays, James Hess, Kirk
Caldwell, Ken Griffin, Owais Ahmed
tracking first started in 2005, this year’s WSOP has the greatest disparity of
professionals winning over semi-pros and amateurs than any year recorded, so
far – with 44 out of 50 events being won by pros or semi-pros.
conclusion of this tournament, the victories of 10 of the 50 winners (20
percent) marked the first time the new champion had ever cashed at the WSOP.
held over the past 11 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet
champion (meaning two or more wins within the same year). The last year the WSOP was comprised
exclusively of single-event winners was back in 1999. The record for most multiple gold bracelet
winners within a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two
or more titles. So far this year, no
player has yet won two gold bracelets.
The streak of
consecutive male WSOP gold bracelet winners has now reached 207 consecutive
events. Aside from the annual Ladies Poker
Championship, the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both
sexes was Vanessa Selbst, in 2008. The
longest “cold” streak for female players occurred between years 1982 and 1996,
when 221 consecutive open events passed without a female champion.
finish by any female (open events) at this year’s WSOP was by two players. Maria Ho finished second ($5,000 buy-in
No-Limit Hold’em). Kim Nguyen also
finished as the runner up ($1,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em).
finish by any defending champion at this year’s WSOP was by David Baker, who
after winning the previous $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball
World Championship finished in sixth place in defense of his title.
world poker champions rarely perform well the following year after their
victory. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was the
last world champion to win a gold bracelet the next year, which happened in
2001. Perhaps it’s due to the increasing
size of the fields. But there’s also
great pressure on the champions to do well.
What follows is a list of the only world champions in history to win a gold
bracelet after winning the championship during the previous year:
players who make it to the final table of the Main Event Championship (November
Nine) one year tend to do quite well in subsequent WSOP years. Consider that last year, three former Main
Event finalists won gold bracelets – Eric Buchman, Tex Barch, and Scott
Montgomery. This year, Matt Jarvis won
his first gold bracelet one year after making it to the November Nine in 2010.
tournament records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
Heads-Up tournament prize pool in history ($3,040,000) – Event #2
live Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history (925 entries) – Event #3
live Six-Handed tournament in poker history (1,920 entries) – Event #10
Deuce-to-Seven tournament prize pool in history ($1,184,400) – Event #16
live $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3157 entries) – Event #18
live $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3175 entries) – Event #20
consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,332 entries)
– Event #18 and Event #20
live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in poker history (1,071 entries) – Event #22
Mixed-Game (Eight-Game Mix) in poker history (489 entries) – Event #23
Seniors tournament in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em championship prize pool in history ($3,376,800) –
single-day live tournament start in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30
Largest consecutive-days starting field
sizes in poker history (combined 6,580 entries) – Event #30/Event #32 (broke
Event #18/Event #20 record from earlier in 2011 WSOP)
Largest four-consecutive days field sizes in poker history
(2,500+3,752+2,828+3,144 =12,224 entries) -- Events 28, 30, 32, 34, June 16-19,
Largest Mixed Pot-Limit tournament in history (606 entries) –
Biggest Pot-Limit Omaha prize pool in live poker history
($3,393,400) – Event #42
records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
35-year span between Artie Cobb’s first cash in this event (1976) and most
recent cash in the same event (2011) represents the longest time span in WSOP
history. He accomplished this in
Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (Event #25).
Hellmuth added to his record as the individual all-time leader in cashes (83)
and final table appearances (42).
“Tahoe” Andrew added to his record as the player with the longest consecutive
streak of WSOP appearances (entering at least one event), currently at 38 years
and counting (1974 to present).
RAISING AWARENESS: BAD BEAT ON CANCER AND THE WSOP
Bad Beat on
Cancer was created in 2003 by Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst as an easy and fun way
for poker players to donate to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It all began when Chris Moneymaker pledged 1
percent of his 2003 Main Event winnings and went on to capture the championship,
contributing $25,000 when he was awarded the $2.500,000 first- place prize. By taking the pledge, wearing the patch, and
joining ‘Team 1%’, players can feel good supporting a cause that only benefits
when they win. As the official charity
of the WSOP, pledges simply indicate to the payouts staff that they are
donating 1 percent of their winnings, and the funds are automatically withheld.
A tax receipt is generated and sent to
their mailing address. Several high
profile professionals have made ‘life pledges’ of 1 percent of all their
winnings -- including Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Lee Childs, Paul Wasicka,
Andy Bloch, Dennis Phillips, and others. Since 2003, the initiative has raised over $3,500,000
for cancer prevention research, education, and community outreach programs. Players can pick up a patch and join Team 1%
by stopping by the Bad Beat on Cancer booth, located at the 2011 WSOP opposite
the Amazon Room in the concourse. The Nevada Cancer Institute based in Las Vegas
is a benefiting charity from the Bad Beat on Cancer.