French Pro Bevand Quits Live Poker And Bids Adieu To WinamaxNovember 20, 2014 2:11 pm
After spending six years as a sponsored pro at French online poker site Winamax, Manuel “manub” Bevand has now parted ways with the poker room, citing the uncontrollable nature of live tournaments, and a desire to find a career which offers him better opportunities. As Bevand explained on his twitter account:
“After six years on the team and nine years as a poker player, I have decided to bow out of poker. I have decided to take a break from live poker. It requires significant investments, a lot time and efforts — and in those very hard competitions, we are not always masters of our own destiny.”
The former video game designer, and Magic the Gathering champion cashed in at his first live tournament in 2006, and is currently ranked 64th on France’s all-time money list with $716,353 in earnings. Bevand’s first significant results came at the 2010 EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo which he finished in 23rd for $66,564, before the same year entering the 2010 EPT Prague Main Event and finishing 7th for $93,873. Bevand’s biggest score, however, came at the 2012 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event where he finished 5th for $110,731.
Between 2009 and 2013, Manuel Bevand has earned some significant sums from live poker, but 2014 hasn’t been so kind, however, and he is currently showing just $2,444 in winnings for the year so far. Nevertheless, Bevand is also a prolific online player, with his first biggest score coming in March 2007 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm Up for $70,000. Despite bowing out of live poker, the French pro says he still intends to keep playing online, and stated:
“Right now I want to head to something that offers me better opportunities and that I can control better. I will keep playing online poker, as that stays a great passion for me. It has been an incredible adventure. Winamax gave me the phenomenal opportunity to meet any sort of great people and to travel around the world.”