WPT Bucharest Main Event Won By Guillaume DarcourtApril 5, 2010 2:29 am
Guillaume Darcourt has won the inaugural WPT Bucharest Main Event, after defeating a field of 161 players to take down the title and the €125,846 ($180,528) first place prize.
The 37 year-old French businessman was clearly delighted with his victory at the €3,300 NL tournament, which now brings his life time tournament earnings to $258,665. Commenting on his win Darcourt:
“This win is amazing. I was eighth in chips after the first day and chip leader at the end of day two. I was running really good on day three too but started to slip away. One hand changed the whole tournament for me. I was up against A-A with A-9 but hit a straight. I will always remember that hand.”
As the last six players took their seats at the final table, the remaining two Romanian players were the first to be eliminated. Eva Iosif collected €23,150 for his sixth place finish, while Abdula Atila received €30,550 in fifth.
Jose De La Guardia then picked up €36,600 in fourth, and American Joseph Ebanks was eliminated in third (€59,750) after pushing pre-flop with Q-J, only to run into the A-J of Darcout.
Moving into the heads-up phase, Darcout held a 3 to 1 chip lead over popular German poker pro Simon “Schnibl0r” Münz, and succeeded in using his advantage to good use eventually forcing Münz to make a move holding J-7 on a 9-4-2 flop. Darcourt called the all-in bluff holding Q-9 and with no surprises on the turn and river, went on to eliminate Simon Münz in 2nd for €93,400.
Afterwards, Munz heaped praise on his French opponent saying, “Darcourt deserved to win. I would have loved to have really attacked him in the heads-up but he just wouldn’t fold and I didn’t have enough chips.”
In the meantime, as well as the €125,846 ($180,528) first place prize, Guillaume Darcourt also collected a $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas on April 18-24.
“Winning the $25 000 WPT World Championship seat is incredible,” said Darcourt. “I have a full tournament schedule but to get a seat to such a prestigious tournament is wonderful..The last three months have been three of the best of my life.”