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Boucher Joins French-Canadian WSOP Bracelet Winners
Winning his first WSOP bracelet Saturday, 29-year-old French-Canadian pro Philippe Boucher is no longer the odd man out in a group of friends that includes reigning world champion Jon Duhamel, Pascal Lefrancois and Erik Cajelais.
Boucher outlasted a field of 339 to win the €1,620 Six-Max PLO event at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe. Boucher earned €124,584 for the victory, the biggest score of his career.
Boucher defeated Michel Dattani of Portugal heads-up. Had he won, Dattani would have become the first Portuguese WSOP bracelet winner in history.
Originally from Quebec City, but now living in Las Vegas, Boucher still considers Canada home. He’s married and plays poker professionally.
“I started just before Moneymaker, so I’ve been playing for around eight years,” Boucher told PokerListings.com in Cannes.
“About two years ago I started learning PLO and taking the game very seriously, posting on forums and reading everything and trying to learn as much as possible,” he said.
Traditionally a No-Limit Hold’em cash game player, Boucher got into poker after attending Laval University in Quebec.
“Just before I got into poker I was studying electrical engineering and I did that for about two years,” said Boucher.
“It wasn’t really my thing so I quit, not just to play poker necessarily but the poker ended up working out so well that I didn’t have to find something else.”
Becoming a part of the tight-knit French-Canadian poker community, Boucher eventually moved to Atlanta upon marrying his wife, and then to Las Vegas where he could continue working as a poker professional.
“Winning a bracelet means a lot to me personally but it also means a lot to the community because we’re a tight group and we help each other a lot and support each other,” he explained.
“It really shows you that even though there’s a lot of luck in poker, working hard pays off in the end and even though sometimes it can take a long time, being surrounded by good people and good players helps a lot.”
Boucher said that while the €124k prize is significant, it’s not going to change a whole lot in his day to day life. He will continue to play poker and continue to work hard improving his game.
“I’m not a money guy so I don’t have a big car or jewelry or anything so the money’s definitely good but it’s not going to change anything in my life too much,” he emphasized.