Van Leeuwen Wins FPS Deauville For €175k

Van Leeuwen Wins FPS Deauville Victory For €175kDutch poker pro Niels Van Leeuwen has won the France Poker Series Deauville, after beating 1,095 players over five days on his way to lifting the trophy, and collecting the €175,000 (US$237,031) first place prize.
The €1,100 Main Event attracted an almost record sized field to create a prize pool worth €1,051,200, and by the last day of the tournament just eight players were left to compete for the title. Incredibly,  Van Leeuwen was the only non-Frenchman still remaining in the competition with the remaining finalists then lining-up as follows:
1 Jean-Paul Vasseur     5,960,000
2 Christophe Leroux     4,055,000
3 Niels Van Leeuwen     3,790,000
4 Fahd Kaabat             3,415,000
5 Corentin Ropert     3,015,000
6 Erwann Pecheux     2,585,000
7 Yehoram Houri     2,255,000
8 Mathieu Mariani     2,170,000
Niels Van Leeuwen subsequently lost a big pot holding pocket tens to Erwann Pecheux’s A-K to be reduced to a short-stack, but was then able to wrestle some of his chips back from the same opponent in a J-J versus 5-5 hand. A little later, Niels Van Leeuwen (A-Q) eliminated Pecheux (4-4) from the tournament in 6th for a €33,000 payday.
Van Leeuwen (A-10) then did likewise to Christophe Leroux (A-9) in 5th (€45,000), before being dealt K-Q and taking care of Corentin Ropert (A-8) in 4th for €60,100. After van Leeuwen bounced Yehoram Houri out in 3rd (€82,100), the heads-up phase of the competition got underway with Jean-Paul Vasseur holding a 16.025m to 11.190m chip advantage over Niels Van Leeuwen.
Not long later, Van Leeuwen took a massive chip lead after shoving all-in with A-A and getting a call from Vasseur with pocket fives, with the defining hand eventually coming when Van Leeuwen’s K-K made short work of Vasseur pre-flop A-7 shove. Jean-Paul Vasseur then collected €115,000 for his hard-fought efforts, while Van Leeuwen was crowned the 2014 FPS Deauville main event champion.
Final Table Payouts:
1 – Niels van Leeuwen – €175,000
2 – Jean-Paul Vasseur – €115,000
3 – Yehoram Houri – €82,100
4 – Corentin Ropert – €60,100
5 – Christophe Leroux – €45,000
6 – Erwann Pecheux – €33,000
7 – Mathieu Mariani – €25,000
8 – Fahd Kaabat – €21,580

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