Humbert Wins WSOP Bracelet

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Poker News

The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe has now begun.  The first of seven bracelet events concluded this weekend.  The event attracted 360 participants, an increase of more than 10 percent on the event’s figures last year.

Phil Hellmuth attracted a lot of attention with his deep run, finishing in seventh place in the end.  It was Guillaume Humbert that went on to win the event, earning a prize of Eur215,999 and making headlines along the way.

Humbert is a 26 year-old bartender from Switzerland.  He is the first Swiss player to win a WSOP bracelet, and the feat is made even more remarkable when you consider that this was his first major live poker tournament. Humbert said of his win”I can’t believe it.  It’s amazing, this is my first live tournament.  I can’t believe this has happened to me.”

Humbert held the chip lead entering the final day of play, with Phil Hellmuth chasing him on the chip counts.  As the day went on, Humbert found himself slipping down the chip counts until he was fourth out of six on the final table.  However, he quickly rebuilt his stack and went on to dominate heads up play.

Second place went to Azusa Meada, who made a first for his own nation by becoming the highest placed Japanese finisher in the history of the World Series of Poker.

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