UK Pro Neil Raine Triumphs At France Poker Series

UK Pro Neil Raine Triumphs At France Poker SeriesUK’s Neil Raine has won the France Poker Series Snowfest Evian, after defeating a field of 280 players over three days to capture the title, and collect the €60,000 ($77,582) first place prize.
The UK pro keeps a detailed blog of his poker experiences and in 2012 said he made $62,500 profit online and about $13,000 live, which were far below his expectations for the year.  After taking down his biggest score ever in France, however, the 28 year-old has now given his 2013 campaign a super boost, taking his total live career earnings to $127,092, to go with the $363,554 he has won online playing under the screen name ‘Heffs976.’
As the €1,100 Snowfest eight man final table  got underway, Fabrice Soulier was out in front with 1.26m of the seven million chips in play, with Neil Raine joining the rest of the finalists on less than a million chips. Neil Raine (A-9) then got off to a good start by knocking-out Chacki Aissat (K-K) in 8th for €8,100.
Then, Frenchman Michael Reubi (A-A) started his run at the final table by first dispatching Romain Secret (A-Q) to the rail in 6th (€12,600), before picking up K-J and eliminating Olivier Pazio (J-9) in 5th for €15,100. Next, Michael Reubi (4-4) took care of  Fabrice Soulier (A-4) in 4th (€18,100) and after doing likewise to Christopher Brown in 3rd (€28,000), the heads-up phase of the competition then got underway.
Unfortunately for Reubi, he was unable to continue his momentum and after losing a big pot holding pocket nines, Reubi was eliminated a little later holding A-8 to his opponent’s pocket fours, thus handing Neil Raine the title of France Poker Series Snowfest Evian champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1: Neil Raine — €51,200
2: Michael Reubi — €44,000
3: Christopher Brown — €28,000
4: Fabrice Soulier — €18,100
5: Olivier Pazio — €15,100
6: Romain Secret — €12,600
7: Anthony Di Zazzo — €10,200
8: Chacki Aissat — €8,100

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