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Fabrice Soulier has been playing poker professionally since the late 1990s and if any recent bracelet winner has truly paid his dues it's him. Soulier took down the $10k HORSE event at the 2011 WSOP in Las Vegas and now he's deep in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Soulier speaks candidly to PokerListings.com about the perspective he's gained from a long career in poker and how his real goals are to use his poker winnings to help his friends and family and do real good in the world.
My name is Fabrice Soulier. I've been playing poker for more than 25 years now. I'm 44, I started playing poker occasionally with friends and in holidays, and then I became hooked to the game little by little. And I played in Paris. In the beginning, my professional career started in Paris in about '96, '97 when I started playing at Aviation Club, in France. I enjoyed my work, but I needed some freedom, and more freedom. So I saw that poker would be the right way, and I love traveling so this is very cool.
That's very frustrating when you see a kid jumping in the game and becoming superstars all of a sudden just because he won a pretty bracelet. But it's a game. I mean, it's the beauty of the game also. Variance is very high and especially if you play live tournaments. So you have to take it the way it comes, and then I felt very blessed when I won the HORSE. I played my best game. I thought I played good, and I was very focused, but you have to be very blessed to beat all the best players in the world, like I did. So it's one of the most beautiful tournaments I could have dreamt of winning, and besides of course the main event maybe, but that would have been probably my second choice. And yes after all the years grinding, grinding, and being broke a couple of times, and coming back, and yeah of course it was unbelievable doing this with all my friends around and my girlfriend. And it was unbelievable.
We have a unique chance as poker players that we can make money, a huge amount of money very quickly, but the thing is a lot of players that make so much money quickly they kind of forget and they spend it all like night clubbing and doing kind of shitty things with their money. And I don't think it's a good thing and it's a good example you should try to create things. I try to please people around me. I try to buy some properties. I don't know if it's right, but I don't think you should waste the money you just earned. Because it looks easy when you win it, but when you on the back streak, it's so hard to make it that you should protect your bank roll. And I mean, one thing I'm very good at is protecting my bank roll also. This is probably why I lasted so long and I'm still here today.
It's always nice to be remembered, of course, but I don't think you should roll your shoulders because you're a poker player. It's like you have better things to do in life so I better be . . . I mean, I'd like better to be remembered for what I did with my friends, my family, people surrounding me than for my poker winnings. So I like to use those poker winnings to please the people around me, and do some good things in the world, yeah, and be good to other people. That's where I would like to be remembered.