Commentary

Instead of No. 12, Lefrancois earns No. 1

Updated: June 5, 2010, 10:23 AM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The scene was set. There were only two tables remaining in Event 8 of the 2010 World Series of Poker. The cameras were rolling and the rail was three-fans deep. Why? Phil Hellmuth had already outlasted 2,325 players and had his sights set on bracelet number 12. This time though, it wasn't meant to be. Hellmuth was eliminated in 15th place and left a void filled immediately by 23-year-old college student Pascal Lefrancois.

Pascal LeFrancois
BJ Nemeth/WSOPPhotos.com Pascal Lefrancois, a 23-year-old college student from Montreal earned $568,974 and his first WSOP bracelet.

The final table was all abut Lefrancois who took control of the action and made his way through the other eight players in six hours and 20 minutes. He entered heads-up play with a 9:1 chip lead and knocked out 21-year-old and former LAPT final table participant Max Steinberg to take down the title and win $568,974 and his first gold bracelet. Once he had won, Lefrancois ripped off his shirt and would then pose for the official winner's photo topless. Why? "[My friends] were all cheering for me to take off my shirt. I was excited, so I did it." It was noted that this was the first time in WSOP history that the official WSOP photo featured a shirtless competitor.

Lefrancois became the second Canadian to win a bracelet in 2010, following in the footsteps of Aadam Daya who won the $1,000 event on Wednesday. While he is planning on graduating later this year, his future plans may have changed with the win.

"I will graduate (from college) in December," he said. "After that, I might take a year off to play poker on the circuit. This is a big accomplishment for me. For sure, I will be playing poker for a couple of years."

Notable finishers from Event 8 include Phil Hellmuth (15th), Matt Stout (53rd) and Cliff Josephy (85th).

Below are the complete results of Event 8 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 8: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,341
Prize pool: $3,160,350
Players in the money: 243

1. Pascal LeFrancois ($568,974)
2. Max Steinberg ($352,916)
3. Kevin Howe ($249,351)
4. Daniel Wjuniski ($179,286)
5. David Aue ($130,617)
6. James Andersen ($96,422)
7. Kurt Disessa ($72,087)
8. Joshua Brikis ($54,579)
9. Saar Wilf ($41,843)
10. Jose Gatmaitan ($32,456)
11. Matthew Ezrol ($32,456)
12. Darin Utley ($32,456)
13. Scott Vener ($25,472)
14. Charles Lehr ($25,472)
15. Phil Hellmuth ($25,472)
16. Looney Devin ($20,257)
17. Jared Michelizzi ($20,257)
18. David Frazier ($20,257)
19. Raymond Geary ($16,275)
20. Andrew Cohen ($16,275)
21. Vinny Pahuja ($16,275)
22. Richard Geyer ($16,275)
23. Erich Kollmann ($16,275)
24. Paul Fehlig ($16,275)
25. Ronald Eberhard ($16,275)
26. Ray Foley ($16,275)
27. Frank Weigel ($16,275)
28. Jesse Yaginuma ($13,241)
29. Cherie Beasley ($13,241)
30. Richard Savage ($13,241)
31. Samuel Dickson ($13,241)
32. Michael Stroh ($13,241)
33. Danny Wong ($13,241)
34. Agop Rustemoglu ($13,241)
35. Yannick Tessier ($13,241)
36. Jason Sackler ($13,241)
37. William Daymon ($10,903)
38. Spencer Hudson ($10,903)
39. Tam Ly ($10,903)
40. Ross Myers ($10,903)
41. Nicholas Heather ($10,903)
42. Johnny Kitchens ($10,903)
43. Steven Warwick ($10,903)
44. Orlando Maldonado ($10,903)
45. Alon Shahar ($10,903)
46. John McKinney ($9,070)
47. Eric Lee ($9,070)
48. Josh Schlein ($9,070)
49. Francis Anderson ($9,070)
50. Todd Lepow ($9,070)
51. David Daneshgar ($9,070)
52. Timothy Milliron ($9,070)
53. Matt Stout ($9,070)
54. Steve Sung ($9,070)
55. Thomas Taylor ($7,648)
56. Jeremy Dresch ($7,648)
57. Bobby Shasta ($7,648)
58. Pavel Myndrov ($7,648)
59. Richard Talerico ($7,648)
60. Khoa Nguyen ($7,648)
61. Joseph Parrish ($7,648)
62. Scott O'Leary ($7,648)
63. John Conaway ($7,648)
64. Adam Kotler ($6,510)
65. Frank Bonacci ($6,510)
66. Daniel Sosa ($6,510)
67. Renato Maciariello ($6,510)
68. Ryan Sidor ($6,510)
69. Kristina Tokeshi ($6,510)
70. Habib Khanis ($6,510)
71. Kyle Winter ($6,510)
72. Louis Crispino ($6,510)
73. Davin Costa ($5,593)
74. Daniel Quinn ($5,593)
75. Cameron New ($5,593)
76. Bruce Stern ($5,593)
77. John Esposito ($5,593)
78. James Hannah ($5,593)
79. Todd Lundwall ($5,593)
80. Brian Haveson ($5,593)
81. Ditmar Winkelmolen ($5,593)
82. Matthew Stern ($4,866)
83. Michael Mihelich ($4,866)
84. James Buckley ($4,866)
85. Cliff Josephy ($4,866)
86. Enrico Difranco ($4,866)
87. Jason Brice ($4,866)
88. Stacey Nutini ($4,866)
89. Trevor Pope ($4,866)
90. Tyler Patterson ($4,866)
91. Blake E Kelso ($4,266)
92. Kevin Boudreau ($4,266)
93. George Karatzas ($4,266)
94. Bill Jesernig ($4,266)
95. Roberto Romanello ($4,266)
96. Tye Babb ($4,266)
97. Jean-Robert Bellande ($4,266)
98. Alan Neubauer ($4,266)
99. Robbie Verspui ($4,266)
100. Samuel Trickett ($3,792)
101. Mike Ngo ($3,792)
102. Jordan Rich ($3,792)
103. James Petzing ($3,792)
104. Chadwick Livingston ($3,792)
105. Vittario Iemolo ($3,792)
106. Ludovic Agier ($3,792)
107. Anton Nikaj ($3,792)
108. Jay Goldstein ($3,792)
109. Michael Meredith ($3,792)
110. Steven Fager ($3,792)
111. Aaron Kanter ($3,792)
112. Pat Pezzin ($3,792)
113. Nicholas Binger ($3,792)
114. Melik Bagdasaryan ($3,792)
115. Sean Getzwiller ($3,792)
116. James Keys ($3,792)
117. Carl Johnson ($3,792)
118. Chance Steed ($3,792)
119. Jon Brenneman ($3,792)
120. Michael Monter ($3,792)
121. Fabrice Halleux ($3,792)
122. Steven Dunkelberg ($3,792)
123. George Lusby ($3,792)
124. Jonathan Dull ($3,792)
125. Sean McElroy ($3,792)
126. Michael Chill ($3,792)
127. Vinicius Leal ($3,792)
128. Cory Parent ($3,792)
129. Donald Yaughn ($3,792)
130. Anthony Gargiulo ($3,792)
131. Timothy West ($3,792)
132. Daniel Reisman ($3,792)
133. Albert Winchester ($3,792)
134. Clifford Miller ($3,792)
135. Justin Kuzmicki ($3,792)
136. Marc Aubin ($3,413)
137. Ryan Schmidt ($3,413)
138. Richard Hoffmaster ($3,413)
139. William Childs ($3,413)
140. Patrick O'connor ($3,413)
141. Marc Mclaughlin ($3,413)
142. Calvin Anderson ($3,413)
143. Andrew Teng ($3,413)
144. Vagan Sudzhyan ($3,413)
145. Brent Sheirbon ($3,413)
146. Timothy Woolston ($3,413)
147. Keith Olsen ($3,413)
148. John Simunich ($3,413)
149. Ian Wiley ($3,413)
150. Cristopher Lasco ($3,413)
151. Victor Ramdin ($3,413)
152. Markus Gonsalves ($3,413)
153. Detlef Pashaus ($3,413)
154. Champie Douglas ($3,413)
155. Corey Burbick ($3,413)
156. Eric Schwartz ($3,413)
157. Aaron Thomas ($3,413)
158. Aaron Orourke ($3,413)
159. Gareth Teatum ($3,413)
160. Peter Chun ($3,413)
161. Michael Flores ($3,413)
162. Hugo Perez ($3,413)
163. William Massad ($3,413)
164. Walter Buss ($3,413)
165. Anthony Gargano ($3,413)
166. Robert Harcarik ($3,413)
167. Harvey Larocque ($3,413)
168. James Anderson ($3,413)
169. Joseph Ward ($3,413)
170. Joel Bullock ($3,413)
171. Michael Jensen ($3,413)
172. Steven Morra ($3,128)
173. Robert Flowers ($3,128)
174. Amnon Filippi ($3,128)
175. Vincent Graziano ($3,128)
176. Shawn Meyer ($3,128)
177. Edward Pellegrini ($3,128)
178. Allen Gillain ($3,128)
179. David Whalen ($3,128)
180. Daniel Adams ($3,128)
181. Yonghui Jiang ($3,128)
182. Raymond Amoroso ($3,128)
183. Gerard Zeitoun ($3,128)
184. Marc Davis ($3,128)
185. Martin Hruby ($3,128)
186. Simon Lam ($3,128)
187. Reagan Leman ($3,128)
188. Jason Helder ($3,128)
189. Omar Mehmood ($3,128)
190. James Keating ($3,128)
191. Douglas Bruce ($3,128)
192. Michael Frandsen ($3,128)
193. Laurence Grodin ($3,128)
194. Jason Elzinga ($3,128)
195. Christopher Tennapel ($3,128)
196. Joshua Hillock ($3,128)
197. Matthew Vance ($3,128)
198. John Oshea ($3,128)
199. Steven Kreinik ($3,128)
200. Walter Weiss ($3,128)
201. Matthew Livingston ($3,128)
202. Joel Erikson ($3,128)
203. Finley Rodgers ($3,128)
204. Maxim Sorokin ($3,128)
205. Maciek Gracz ($3,128)
206. Wartan Jalnakrian ($3,128)
207. Mark Newhouse ($3,128)
208. Eugene Yanayt ($2,844)
209. Jordan Smith ($2,844)
210. Roberto Betbese ($2,844)
211. Eric Von Guttenberg ($2,844)
212. Craig Restifo ($2,844)
213. Michael Bisutti ($2,844)
214. Anders Taylor ($2,844)
215. Noam Freedman ($2,844)
216. Richard Spirra ($2,844)
217. Alexander Kim ($2,844)
218. David Stefanski ($2,844)
219. Ryan Snickles ($2,844)
220. Jason Cluxton ($2,844)
221. Francisco Hernandez ($2,844)
222. Zachary Hirst ($2,844)
223. Jose Pimentel ($2,844)
224. Christopher Paasch ($2,844)
225. Tommy Le ($2,844)
226. Kenneth Terrell ($2,844)
227. Gregory Mathias ($2,844)
228. Bernie Yang ($2,844)
229. Andrew Aguilar ($2,844)
230. Mark Smith ($2,844)
231. Tyler Netter-Wainwright ($2,844)
232. Jason Darow ($2,844)
233. Brian Benhamou ($2,844)
234. Ryan Allen ($2,844)
235. Stephane Croes ($2,844)
236. Jesse Cohen ($2,844)
237. Yi Cheng ($2,844)
238. Sean Lenning ($2,844)
239. Vince Burgio ($2,844)
240. Joseph Just ($2,844)
241. Craig Rudolph ($2,844)
242 Clayton Mozdzen ($2,844)
243. Yisidro Bustillos ($2,844)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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