Roger Hairabedian Wins France's Second 2013 WSOPE Bracelet

Roger Hairabedian Wins France's Second 2013 WSOPE BraceletFrance has earned its second bracelet of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe, after Roger Hairabedian took down Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em, earning €148,820 ($201,154) along the way.
Following his remarkable victory at the Casino Barrière de Enghien, near Paris, the Frenchman who now boasts $4,432,754 in live winnings, exclaimed: “It is a very good thing for me and all French players. In a poker player’s life, it is the most prestigious thing to win a bracelet. Many people criticise my play, but now I have proved that my play is good. It is play for winning and I’ve proved that with my second bracelet.”
The €2,200 buy-in event attracted 337 entries to create a prize pool worth €647,040. Amongst the notable names then cashing in at the tournament was such pros as James Dempsey in 35th (€3,345), Phil Hellmuth Jr in 29th (€4,206), Lee Markholt in 25th (€4,801), and Jonathan Duhamel in 16th (€7,719).
After the final table of seven was reached on Day 3, Erik Seidel (A-5) then eliminated Max Greenwood (K-9) in 7th (€22,258), before being dealt pocket sevens and doing likewise to Mike Watson (A-K) in 6th (€28,683).
Roger Hairabedian (Q-Q) subsequently dispatched Erwann Pecheux (J-J) to the rail in 5th (€37,502), followed by Matan Krakow in 4th (€49,784), after which Erik Seidel’s pocket queens was enough to see off Kevin Song (6-6) in 3rd (€67,118), thus setting up the heads-up phase of the competition.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Seidel held a two-to-one chip advantage over his French opponent but Hairabedian evened things up promptly before the title was decided on the 70th hand of the heads-up match. In the hand in question, both Seidel (8-8) and Hairabedian (K-K) were both in pre-flop, and after the board rolled out 6-5-9-J-2, Roger Hairabedian was crowned the champion.
Heaping praise on his formidable US opponent, Hairabedian then commented:”I want to make like Erik and win eight bracelets.”
Final Table Payouts:
1 Roger Hairabedian    €148,820
2 Erik Seidel         €92,003
3 Kevin Song         €67,118
4 Matan Krakow         €49,784
5 Erwann Pecheux    €37,502
6 Mike Watson        €28,683
7 Max Greenwood        €22,258

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