Roger Hairabedian Breaks French Drought at World Series of Poker Europe

by | Published: Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Roger Hairabedian won the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Pot Limit Omaha event on Thursday to become the first Frenchmen to win a tournament at the World Series of Poker Europe.

Hairabedian outlasted a star studded final table to claim the first place prize of €475,300.

The final table contained 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi and two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier.

Hachem was aiming to become the first World Series of Poker Main Event Champion to win a World Series of Poker Europe event while Mizrachi wanted to become the first person to win two World Series of Poker Europe bracelets.

However, they both had their dreams crushed by Hairabedian who delighted the partisan French crowd with his victory.

“I am very happy to represent France in this WSOP because Barriere is making this a big event. Now it’s the biggest event in Europe and it is good that a French man won a bracelet,” Hairabedian said.

“It’s the best thing we’ve ever done in poker in France. WSOP Europe is a big, big event. In two or three years it will be like Las Vegas, not the biggest, but maybe a quarter of the size.”

The victory was extra special for Hairabedian as he came extremely close to winning the Pot Limit Omaha tournament last year before being eliminated in third place by, ironically, Mizrachi who went on to claim the tournament.

“For one year I thought everyday about how I lost the bracelet last year. I didn’t want to make the same mistake. Last year I made a mistake, I gave a big pot to Michael (Mizrachi). If I played like this last year I could have won,” Hairabedian said.

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