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Darcourt Dominates WPT Bucharest
The World Poker Tour's first foray into Romania was ruled by a 37-year-old French businessman last week.
Guillaume Darcourt won the inagural WPT Bucharest at the Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel outlasting a field of 161.
A resident of Lausanne, Switzerland who has been playing poker for three years, Darcourt scooped €125,846 and a seat in the WPT Championship later this month, practically tripling the approximately $100k in career tournament earnings he'd amassed previously.
"This win is amazing," he said. "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 AA with A9, but hit a straight. I will always remember that hand."
The €3000+€300 Main Event paid 18 places with a total prize pool of €449,450.
Darcourt beat German online pro Simon "Schnibl0r" Munz heads-up to book the win with a strong supporting contingent in the crowd, including his wife Caroline.
"Darcourt deserved to win," said Munz. "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."
Darcourt, who has three children aged 2, 7 and 10, and plans to spend some time relaxing at home beforehand, said he is now looking forward to the WPT Championship.
"Winning the $25,000 WPT World Championship seat is incredible," he said. "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."
Following up on his March win at WPT Hollywood, Carlos Mortensen bubbled the six-person final table.
Other notable names that played in the event included Sorel Mizzi, Pascal Perrault, Praz Bansi and 2009 WPT Championship runner-up Ran Azor.