The professionalization of poker is a phenomenon which dates back ten years and which is becoming more and more widespread. Thus, many French people have joined the ranks of those who earn their living playing poker. There is no training to become a professional poker player, but everyone agrees that you should not spare your efforts to become a pro player. If you want to progress at poker, if just for fun, practice at the best online poker sites , read poker books and watch tournaments. While waiting to join a big table, discover the inspiring profiles of the best French poker players.
Fabrice Soulier: The Pioneer
Originally, Fabrice Soulier , born in 1969 in Avignon, is a director of TV series: we owe him “Farce Attaque” and “A Guy Une Fille” in particular. He now lives in Las Vegas and devotes himself entirely to poker. He was also a poker teacher on the NRJ Pokerstars show alongside Bertrand Grospellier, alias Elky. He totals over $ 5,500,000 in live poker tournament winnings. He won his first bracelet at the HORSE $ 10,000 championship of the World Series of Poker 2011. In 2013, he finished second in the World Series of Poker Europe € 10,000 + 450 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event (Event # 6) , which earns him $ 824,513. In March 2014, Fabrice won the EPT High Roller event € 10,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em for $ 542,342.
Arnaud Mattern: From Shadow To Light
Former French Backgammon champion, Arnaud Mattern started playing poker in 2004, a time when online poker offers were on the increase. He therefore started on online poker sites then took part in $ 20 Sit and Go tournaments and then quickly reached buy-ins of $ 200 to $ 500. He then launches into the Cash Game and progresses rapidly. He registers for the EPT tests and wins the Prague test after 5 unsuccessful attempts. This victory immediately propels him to the rank of rising star of poker, it is a real spotlight for the 41-year-old player. His biggest winnings are: $ 1,038,010 in 2007 (1st in EPT Prague), $ 212,067 in 2010 (3rd in EPT Tallinn) and $ 120,228 in 2011 (3rd in WSOPE).
Alexandre Luneau: Versatility
The 27-year-old Frenchman is today considered to be one of the undisputed bosses of the exclusive spheres of high-stakes poker on the Internet. However, when he discovered poker at 19, he created an account on an online poker site to prove to a friend that it was impossible to win at this game. He made his first and only deposit: 5 dollars. Several years later, this deposit turned into 8-figure capital! Alexandre luneauis an “all terrain” player: he masters all the variations of the game, even the most obscure ones such as Stud, Razz or Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. It has its own GTO: an ultimate style of play, optimal, balanced in all circumstances, and unusable by its opponents. The goal of the young man, who joined the Winamax team in 2015 is to win a title at the World Series of Poker. His biggest live tournament payout was $ 123,929 at the World Series of Poker NLHE Heads-up Championship $ 10,000 in Las Vegas in 2016.
Despite their huge gains, these three players have kept their feet on the ground and a cool head, no doubt because they have not forgotten that they got where they are thanks to hard work and intense personal investment.