No Surrender! Another Bracelet for France

Antonin Teisseire
Antonin Teisseire

“Vive La France!” is quickly becoming the rallying cry at the 2011 WSOP.

Last night Antonin Teisseire beat a tough final table to win Event 50 $5,000 Triple Chance No-Limit last night to become the fourth French player to win a bracelet at the this year’s WSOP.

“It’s extraordinary,” said Antonin Teisseire through a translator. “It’s every poker player’s dream to win a WSOP bracelet.”

The 45-year-old from Cote d’Azur picked up a staggering $825k for first place and the respect of his peers for beating a very challenging field of 817 players.

It was no cakewalk for Teisseire as he also had to get by noted pros Eric Froehlich and Adam Geyer at the final table.

Teisseire joined Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Elie Payon and Fabrice Soulier as the French players to win bracelets this year.

The crowd gathered at the final table was predominately French and Teisseire received a boost from his comrades heartily rooting for him.

“It was a great pleasure to have the French community cheering me on,” said Teisseire.

“The French have gotten much better over the last few years and we have a lot of great players now. It’s a little more expected that we win bracelets but four this year is fantastic.”

Teisseire used to own a restaurant but has been playing poker for more than 20 years. Five years ago he started playing to earn a living. He started by playing mostly Five-Card Stud in bars and private games but eventually learned No-Limit Hold’em.

The number of international winners seems to be growing at the WSOP. Through 50 events there have been 30 bracelets won by U.S. players and 20 by non-Americans, which is up considerably from last year.

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