The first event at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books. Emerging victorious over the 227-player field was Imed Ben Mahmoud to earn a payday of nearly €150,000 and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet!
Mahmoud began Day 3 sixth in chips out of the final eight players. He maneuvered his way to heads-up play with start-of-the-day chip leader Yannick Bonnet, but was slightly behind in chips. Right away, though, Mahmoud snatched the chip lead and never looked back from there.
When the final hand came up, Mahmoud four-bet all in with the and Bonnet put himself at risk with the . The board ran out and it was all over. For his finish in second place, Bonnet earned himself over €90,000.
By winning this bracelet, Mahmoud has become the first-ever gold bracelet winner from the country of Tunisia — the smallest country in North Africa. He surely did his country proud and will be wearing a giant smile on his face for the rest of the foreseeable future.
Final Table Payouts
|1||Imed Ben Mahmoud||€147,099|
With the first event in the books, things are just getting started here in Cannes. Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em is moving forward and Event #3: €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha will begin tomorrow. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews all series long for all of the coverage.