Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Mark Smith
Roger Hairabedian Wins WSOPE Bracelet
The World Series of Poker Europe €2,000 No Limit Hold’em final table attracted a lot of interest on Friday as there was a chance of poker history being made with Erik Seidel, the eight-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer having a massive stack.
However, it was the highly experienced French live tournament poker ace, Roger “Big Roger” Hairabedian, who broke the record at the World Series of Poker Europe Tournament near Paris on Friday by defeating Seidel heads-up to win his second gold bracelet and an amount of €148,820. Hairabedian is the first player in the series’ seven year history to win multiple WSOPE bracelets. His win resulted in eight-bracelet veteran, Erik Seidel, being denied his ninth piece of poker jewelry.
During a winning interview, Hairabedian revealed that the bracelets are very important to him and admitted that the money mattered far less to him than the title.
Hairabedian is one of the most successful poker players in French poker history and ranks third on the country’s all-time money list boasting over $4 million in earnings. He is also the only one of 13 French bracelet winners to have won more than one bracelet.
The €2,000 No Limit Hold’em event drew 337 players and generated a prize pool of €647,040.
The final table in the event featured four bracelet winners – Erik Seidel (eight-time winner), Kevin Song, Roger Hairabedian and Max Greenwood as well as Mike Watson who was last year’s WSOPE High Roller winner and three-time WSOP Final tablist Matan Krakow.