Frenchman Elie Payan Wins WSOP $1.5K PLO Event

Frenchman Elie Payan has just triumphed at WSOP Event #22, the $1,500 PLO event, after overcoming a field of 1,071 players to capture a gold bracelet, and the $292,825 first place prize.
With Payan’s victory at the biggest WSOP  Pot Limit Omaha field in history, France has now won 2 bracelets at WSOP 2011, just one short of the tally by the Brits.
Starting the final table on an average stack, Payan managed to play a canny game to eventually go heads-up against US player Rafe Kibrit. At various stages both players found themselves on the brink of elimination before managing to stage a comeback.
Eventually, luck resided with the Frenchman after the two heads-up opponents found themselves all-in on a 4h-3h-2c flop. Kibrit was holding Ad-As-Qd-6c for an overpair, while Payan held Qh-9h-8h-7s for a flush draw and a backdoor straight draw.
Unfortunately for Rafe Kibrit the Ah on the turn made him top set but also turned his opponet’s flush and with no relief on the river he finished the runner-up for a $181,222 payday.
On the other side of the coin, Elie Payan collected $292,825 for his impressive run in the tournament and became one of only two Frenchmen to win a gold bracelet so far at WSOP 2011.
The other, of course, is one of this years highest profile winners and world class online gamer turned poker professional  Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
At a WSOP where only a handful of renowned pros have won bracelets, Grospellier managed to triumph at the $10k 7-Card Stud Event, to bring his career earnings to $7,721,073.
The other notable names cleaning up at WSOP 2011 include John Juanda who won the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and now has amassed 5 WSOP bracelets and $11,774,485 in cashes over his illustrious poker career.
The other is the 29-year-old US pro Eugene Katchalov, who won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Event and has now earned $6,344,328 from live tournaments.

Other news:   World Series of Poker Bahamas in December

Poker News
wsop 2023 streaming schedule
12 Sep 2023
The World Series of Poker is heading to the Bahamas in December for the inaugural World Series of Poker Paradise Festival. The WSOP Paradise will be held at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas from December 3-14. The official schedule was released earlier this week and it features 15 WSOP bracelet events with more
Top Poker Tweets from 2017 WSOP (Week 7)
01 Apr 2022
The World Series of Poker is coming online north of the border in Ontario. Online poker players located in the province of Ontario will have access to the newly launched starting on April 4 as part of the new private iGaming expansion in the province. is a partnership between the World Series of
World Series of Poker leaving the Rio
18 Nov 2021
The World Series of Poker is changing venues after a 17-year run at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and moving to the Las Vegas Strip. WSOP reps announced on Wednesday that starting in 2022, the 53rd World Series of Poker will be leaving the Rio and setting up shop at Bally’s and Paris Las
wsop 2020 logo
20 Sep 2021
Anyone that can’t make it to Las Vegas for the 2021 World Series of Poker when it starts up later this month can still go after a WSOP bracelet in any of the 11 new online events just announced, if they’re in New Jersey, Nevada or Pennsylvania. The in-person events at this year’s World Series