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PokerListings.com gets to know Sylvain Loosli after he made the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Loosli is one of the few French player to ever earn a chance at becoming world champion and he'll be looking to improve on Antoine Saout's third-place finish in 2009. Sylvain recently moved to London to play poker but now he's got a chance at $8 million in Las Vegas this November.
Yes, so I originated from Toulon in the South of France. I have been living in Paris for many years and I moved to London two years ago. Mainly because I wanted to focus on my professional career, as a professional poker player. So I play mostly online [inaudible 00:00:26] game. I'm actually not too much of a fan of live tournaments. I just played few ones in the past. But the main event is really somehow special, it's very...something completely different, [inaudible 00:00:42] the tables, everything, I mean a poker career of any poker player you want to play it at least once and do well in this tournament. I started playing about seven years ago with some friends when we started our studies in business school. We just started playing some few tournaments and then we got more interested in the game so we started reading some books, going to online forums for discussing trying to improve our game. Playing different formats, playing [inaudible 00:01:20] playing [inaudible 00:01:21]. And within three years I played more and more, I improved my game, and then I started to make lots of money out of the game so I figured out, "Okay, maybe I should finish my studies and not start a regular job and then go full time."
Yeah, the freedom is...it's quite amazing. I don't have to wake up every morning at eight like most people do so I feel very, very lucky about this. I travel a lot. I met many friends for poker. Many of them went to live like in Asia, in Thailand, in Bali, and many different countries. So I spend a few months every year there since I became a pro. So yeah it's very cool. I travel a lot. I have a lot of free time and I can manage my own schedule, when I want to play, when I do not want, when I want to do something completely different, so I am really lucky. Yes I think if I can do better [inaudible 00:02:27] at the main events, anyway just [inaudible 00:02:30], it's just very, very important I think for the poker in France because it gets all the time more media coverage and so on and so it gets more players into the game and everybody starts dreaming about doing this kind of results. So yeah, it's obviously good for the poker industry and for the poker economy. Oh yeah, I definitely want to win. I think, yeah, when I decided to go professional I finished my studies first. So, I went to business school and I got a Master in Marketing and Strategies so, it was quite an important decision to stop a normal life, a normal job because I knew if I decided to do full time poker it could be quite difficult to come back to a normal job if I wasn't able to do well, to succeed. So yeah, I dedicated a lot of time, so now I want to accomplish something big and win this tournament.