In 2009, Antoine Saout hit the headlines by finishing third at the world championship of poker, the prestigious World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. At 25, this young player originally from Brittany has grown to become one the best players in the world and had the best performance in the history of French poker.
The former computer science student who dropped out of school to play poker ultimately will glad he made the right choice. In a year and a half, he gained playing experience that propelled him in tournaments as important as the WSOP main event.
Like many players, Antoine Saout began in the free money or fun money games, that does not require putting real money. With the first victories came more assurance and he started playing games with real money. He accumulated more gains, the more so he thought he could live from poker in the near future. At the poker tables, Antoine is known for his self-control, never showing what he feels.
With his TAG style, Saout has made steady progress to the top of modern poker. Far from the turbo games, he prefers to take time to wait for the perfect opportunity. His opponents very soon realized his high level tactics and deep strategy. He can adapt to various situations during a match and never betrays his thoughts. Tourneys with a short stack do not pose him a problem as he can still increase his chips steadily.
Like other French pros, Antoine won his introduction to the WSOP through satellites tournaments. These are designed to sponsor the top players in exchange for the promotion of their poker room. The young Breton was more than ever an outsider in this edition of the WSOP. Throughout the competition, he attained 200,000 chips on the second day. On the fifth day, he had already two million in chips and reached 6 million on the seventh day.
This steady rise was the result of his playing flawlessly, and also getting good cards when needed. On the eighth day, the young Saout was the last French player remaining in contention. Once qualified for the finals of the Main Event, he became a so-called November Niner. At this stage of the tournament, the French had a minimum of gains valued at 1,263,602 dollars. Unfortunately, he lost against the American player Joe Cada and thus ended the third of this great tournament, winning $3,479,670.
At only 25 years, he already has a track record that most poker players will not attain in their entire live.
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