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Elie Payan Says Two Bracelets for France Just the Beginning
France’s Elie Payan won the $1,500 PLO event yesterday at the WSOP, pocketing $292,825 and making it two bracelets in two days for the French.
“Two bracelets is great but France can do better,” Payan told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
“This will be a big year for French players at the WSOP,” he continued.
Payan is from Orleans, a city 130 kilometres southwest of Paris, and despite being described as an amateur on official WSOP reports, he told us he has earned his living playing poker full time for the last three years.
In addition to playing live, Payan also plays online poker under the screen name Punisher934.
Payan has been coming to Las Vegas to play poker every three months or so for over a year. He was in Vegas during the 2010 WSOP but didn't have the bankroll to play any bracelet events.
This most recent trip got off to a rocky start, with Payan struggling in the cash games that provide the bulk of his income.
“Things weren’t going well, cash game-wise, so I thought this Omaha event was a good opportunity,” he said.
“I believe I have the biggest edge playing PLO.”
In what was his WSOP debut he defeated 1,071 players, the biggest field in the history of live Omaha tournaments.
“My expectations were simple,” he said. “I came to win the bracelet.”