Cajelais finally catches WSOP gold

Erik Cajelais
'I felt like I really, really wanted to win it and I would do everything I could to do it.'

With two previous runner-up finishes on both the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker, French-Canadian Erik Cajelais has tasted the bitterness of defeat.

On a rainy afternoon in London's Leicester Square Wednesday, he finally enjoyed the sweet taste of victory at the WSOP Europe.

"I felt like I really, really wanted to win it and I would do everything I could to do it," Cajelais told PokerListings moments after taking down the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha event, winning his first WSOP bracelet and £104,677.

"That's what I did today, I played great poker and the cards came out my way."

The tournament drew just 158 players, but among them were some of the best poker players on the planet.

In fact, Cajelais defeated a final table that included four multiple WSOP bracelet winners in Men "The Master" Nguyen (6), Chris Bjorin (2), Howard Lederer (2), and Hoyt Corkins (2).

Strong field or a weak one, Cajelais said he just wanted the win.

"I would be happy to win a bracelet with a big field with all the worst players or a small field with all the best," he said. "I just wanted to win."

Cajelais grabbed the chip lead on day one busting 2007 WSOPE main event champ Annette Obrestad when he flopped Broadway against her top-two pair.

The second day of the event played down to the final five and Cajelais actually came in Wednesday as one of the shorter stacks.

Hedging his bets, the 27-year-old former bartender from Montreal, Quebec registered for the WSOPE's £5k Pot-Limit Omaha event beginning two hours before the final five restart.

"My main goal was to win this one," he said. "I said if I register for the £5k and I bust early, I can go and play the £5k. If I get heads-up I don't really mind losing the £5k."

Cajelais clawed back to the top of the chip counts busting Brits Richard Gryko, Robert Keston, and the aforementioned Nguyen taking a 10:1 chip lead into heads up with Swede Mats Gavatin.

He made short work of Gavatin to win the bracelet and despite busting out of the £5k PLO event, the first Canadian to win a WSOP bracelet on this side of the Atlantic sounded more than satisfied with his day.

"My main focus was really to win this one," he said. "And that's what I did."

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