Imed Ben Mahmoud Wins WSOPE Event #1Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) kicked off this past weekend in Cannes, France at the Hotel Majestic Barriere. The tournament series kicked off with a €2,500+€200 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em which came to a close on Sunday with the victory going to Imed Ben Mahmoud, who took down a nice pay day of €147,099 for beating out the rest of the field. Mahmoud lives very close to Cannes, France, so the travel was very easy for him to get to the WSOPE events, as he lives around 4.3 miles away from the venue. Mahmoud is actually Tunisian though, and he is now the first Tunisian player to ever win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet in his career.
To make things even sweeter for Mahmoud, this was actually his first live poker tournament win in his career, and his hot play began back at the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour earlier this month, as he pulled in a 46th place finish at the tournament’s Main Event, that was worth $25,143. A few of his other solid finishes include the 2010 European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event in which he finished in 30th place and pulled in $23,358. In terms of his largest score to date before winning this event was at the EPT Berlin in a €2,000 No Limit Hold’em event. He finished in 6th place in that event bakc in 2010 and won $36,624. In his career he’s pulled in a little more than $331,039.
The heads up match came down to Mahmoud against Yannick Bonnet, who is from France. Bonnet was attempting to bring home the first ever WSOPE bracelet to France, but he fell just short against Mahmoud. For his efforts, Bonnet took home €90,884.
When Day 3 began, Mahmoud was sitting at the bottom of the standings in sixth place out of eight players. He was around 300k in chips behind Bonnet, but it took only an hour for Mahmoud to make a big move. He was all-in against Sylvain Ribes pre-flop with Mahmoud holding pocket King’s, while Ribes was holding pocket Queen’s. The King’s held up and built his chip stack to 460k, sending Ribes home in sixth place. Mahmoud then was able to push his way to heads up against Bonnet with almost even chip stacks. Bonnet had 879k chips, while Mahmoud had 824k chips. Mahmoud took down the championship quickly though, as he had a 200k chip lead and got it all-in pre-flop with pocket Jack’s against the A-K of Bonnet. Bonnet could not hit though, and after 20 minutes of heads up play we had our winner crowned.
The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe will continue to roll on now, and there are definitely going to be some interesting story lines to come out with the tournament series. We’ll keep you updated on the upcoming events and how some of the big names in poker are faring over in Cannes, France during the multiple events.