Commentary

Four For France

Updated: July 7, 2011, 1:22 AM ET
By Gary Wise | Special To ESPN.com

It seems that France is enjoying a poker renaissance.

Event 50 at the 2011 World Series of Poker, the $5,000 buy-in triple chance no-limit hold'em event, was won by France's Antonin Teisseire. Teisseire's win marked the fourth French win of this year's WSOP. That total matches all WSOP bracelets won by the nation prior to this year's event. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Elie Payon, and Fabrice Soulier paved the way and Teisseire has joined the trio in the winner's circle.

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PokerNews/WSOP Antonin Teisseire won his first WSOP bracelet in Event 50.

"It's because of variance," the professional poker player said regarding the French surge to WSOP success. "We did not do so well in previous years, but we are supposed to win a lot this year."

The 45-year-old outlasted a field of 817 players to secure the WSOP bracelet along with a first prize of $825,604. His first bracelet win doubled as his first WSOP cash, thoguh Teisseire's been playing poker fulltime in France for the past half-decade.

A great lover of the finer things, Teisseire bellowed through an interpreter, "If eating, drinking and partying were my sport, I'd be the Phil Ivey of the game. I love to eat! I love to drink! I love to live life!"

Now, presumably, he has a little more coin to spend on all three pursuits along with a little more poker.

Teisseire survived an American-heavy final table featuring seven players from the host nation, including runner-up Darryl Ronconi. Ronconi's stack matched Teisseire's in the late going, but the Chicago amateur found his cards lacking when the two got heads-up. Third place-went to professional player Adam Geyer, earning his first six-figure score in his 12th WSOP cash.

The only player at the final table to have previously won a bracelet at the final table, Eric Froehlich, finished in fourth place, adding $240,876 to his WSOP career total of $1,348,847, good for 134th all-time. He finished as a semi-finalist in the $25,000 heads-up world championship earlier this WSOP.

Other notable high finishers included Isaac Baron (15th), Barry Greenstein (27th), Vitaly Lunkin (28th), David Baker (32nd), and Jeff Williams (34th).

Below are the complete results of Event 50 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 50: Triple Chance no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $5,000
Entries: 817
Prize pool: $3,839,900
Players in the money: 81

1. Antonin Teisseire ($825,604)
2. Darryl Ronconi ($510,053)
3. Adam Geyer ($328,810)
4. Eric Froehlich ($240,876)
5. Narendra Banwari ($179,054)
6. Vanessa Peng ($134,895)
7. Mikhail Yakovlev ($102,870)
8. Andrew Savitz ($79,370)
9. Jim Routos ($61,899)
10. Mike Fosco ($48,843)
11. Felipe Montenegro ($48,843)
12. Arnaud Esquevin ($48,843)
13. Pierre Neuville ($39,397)
14. Lauri Varonen ($39,397)
15. Isaac Baron ($39,397)
16. Dylan Wilkerson ($31,679)
17. Michael Benvenuti ($31,679)
18. Christian Kruel ($31,679)
19. Yann Enzinger ($25,919)
20. Bruno Lopes ($25,919)
21. Ryan Young ($25,919)
22. Kevin Eyster ($25,919)
23. Paul Greim ($25,919)
24. Kenneth Coppens ($25,919)
25. Garrett Adelstein ($25,919)
26. Joe Patrick ($25,919)
27. Barry Greenstein ($25,919)
28. Vitaly Lunkin ($21,311)
29. Wesley Pantling ($21,311)
30. Ben Volpe ($21,311)
31. Jeff Sarwer ($21,311)
32. David Bakes Baker ($21,311)
33. Mark Herm ($21,311)
34. Jeff Williams ($21,311)
35. Jesse Martin ($21,311)
36. Philip Lowery ($21,311)
37. Jonathan Spinks ($17,817)
38. Gualter Salles ($17,817)
39. David Baker ($17,817)
40. Stanley Topol ($17,817)
41. Charles Chattha ($17,817)
42. Anh Van Nguyen ($17,817)
43. Mark Radoja ($17,817)
44. Francisco Hernandez ($17,817)
45. Bulent Uzun ($17,817)
46. Richard Trigg ($14,937)
47. Dylan Linde ($14,937)
48. Tom Mclaughlin ($14,937)
49. Andrey Martsev ($14,937)
50. Matthew Bucaric ($14,937)
51. Victor Ilyukhin ($14,937)
52. Jason James ($14,937)
53. Sam Stein ($14,937)
54. Jesse Cohen ($14,937)
55. Alexandre Horisberger ($12,633)
56. Tyler Cornell ($12,633)
57. Leo Fernandez ($12,633)
58. Helge Pederson ($12,633)
59. Johnny Lodden ($12,633)
60. Ken Aldridge ($12,633)
61. Bryan Porter ($12,633)
62. Maximilian Lehmanski ($12,633)
63. Pete Vilandos ($12,633)
64. Allen Bari ($10,790)
65. John Racener ($10,790)
66. Daniel Reijmer ($10,790)
67. Tim Kahlmeyer ($10,790)
68. Mikhail Petrov ($10,790)
69. Josh Arieh ($10,790)
70. Daniel Idema ($10,790)
71. Jens Hansen ($10,790)
72. Joshua Field ($10,790)
73. David Fox ($9,561)
74. Orson Young ($9,561)
75. Filip Verboven ($9,561)
76. Eric Haber ($9,561)
77. Vladimir Mefodichev ($9,561)
78. Michel Abecassis ($9,561)
79. Matt Marafioti ($9,561)
80. Ishak Noyan ($9,561)
81. Alexander Regler ($9,561)

Gary Wise has contributed to ESPN.com since 2007. He is well-studied in the history of poker and presents a unique tableside view of the goings-on in the poker community. Google author profile

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