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Guillaume Darcourt Wins WPT Bucharest

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The World Poker Tour took its first trip to Romania in late March for the WPT Bucharest live poker tournament. While many non-U.S. tour stops were taken off the regular tour schedule several years ago, the WPT has started to add locations to its schedule of late that bring the WPT to a wider array of locations, though the tournaments do not provide live updates or find their way to Fox Sports Net for U.S. audience viewing.

The WPT Bucharest was sponsored by Gamebookers.com and played out at the Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel with the cooperation of Regent Casino. A total of 161 players came out to play the €3,000 + €300 Main Event on March 28, which created a prize pool of €449,450 and allowed for the top 18 players to be paid from it. Some of the more recognizable names who competed in the tournament were Praz Bansi, Dragan Galic, Casey Kastle, Sorel Mizzi, Nicolas Levi, and Cristian Dragomir, though none of them made it into the money. Recent WPT Indiana champion Carlos Mortensen played as well but finished on the money bubble.

Once the tournament reached the money, there were still two well-known players in the field - Jose Barbero who finished in 15th place and Thomas Bichon who was eliminated in 12th place. When the final table was reached, it was Simon Munz in the chip lead with 775K chips and Guillaume Darcourt in second place with 614K, while Eva Losif and Abdula Atila, both of Romania, were the short stacks.

On April 2, the Romanians busted in order of their stacks, and de la Guardia and Ebanks followed. The heads-up match followed with Darcourt starting with a 3-to-1 lead over Munz, but the battle was not an easy one. Eventually, however, Darcourt emerged victorious and took home €125,846 and a $25,000 entry into the upcoming WPT World Championship in Las Vegas for the win.

The final table payouts were as follows:

1st place:    Guillaume Darcourt (France) - €125,846
2nd place:    Simon Munz (Germany) - €93,400
3rd place:    Joseph Ebanks (USA) - €59,750
4th place:    Jose de la Guardia (Panama) - €36,600
5th place:    Abdula Atila (Romania) - €30,550
6th place:    Eva Iosif (Romania) - €23,150

Darcourt is a businessman, husband, father of three, and poker player who hails from France but now lives in Switzerland. Of the victory, he stated, “This win is amazing. I was eighth in chips after the first day and chip leader at the end of day two. I was running really good on day three too but started to slip away. One hand changed the whole tournament for me. I was up against AA with A9 but hit a straight. I will always remember that hand… Winning the $25,000 WPT World Championship seat is incredible. I have a full tournament schedule but to get a seat to such a prestigious tournament is wonderful. The last three months have been three of the best of my life.”

Regent Casino CEO and tournament organizer Sorin Constantinescu added, “We would like to congratulate Guillaume Darcourt on his deserved victory. Poker in Romania is on the up and this is just the start. We will be back and even bigger next time!”

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