PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
Sylvain Loosli is a 26-year-old poker pro from Toulon, France that has taken his first-ever WSOP cash on a run all the way to the final table. Don't be misled by thinking since it's his first WSOP cash that he's a novice at the game. Loosli discovered poker while at business school and has spent the last few years building his skills in the online arena where he's stacked up more than $1 million in earnings. Although he only has one live tournament score to date — 24th in a €2,000 side event at the 2011 European Poker Tour Deauville for €2,350 ($3,198) — his regular online cash games are as high as $25/$50.
Looking back on past WSOP champions, Loosli blends right in with other faces that were brand new to the poker world, according to their live success before they hit a major victory, but they did well in online poker -- Peter Eastgate, 2008 WSOP Main Event champion, and Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event champion. A few other young guns that had online poker skills but not much to show in live results were Jonathan Duhamel - 2010; Pius Heinz - 2011; and Greg Merson - 2012. Isn't that the best part of poker? Ted Forrest once said, "On the basketball court there is only one Michael Jordan but at the poker table, anyone can be Michael Jordan."
Loosli starts the final table with a 19.6 million stack which puts him a bit below average and in sixth position overall. And he looks to be in a position of take advantage of Michiel Brummelhuis (11.275 million) and Mark Newhouse (7.35 million) both directly to his left.
Loosli kept his dark shades and had his hoodie pulled over his head when the unofficial 10-handed final table was in progress and that doesn't draw a strong crowd of fans in the normal poker scene. PokerNews.com reports that Loosli gave the following about his poker background when asked how his background of regularly playing for big money in high-stakes cash games worked in his favor: "I was completely detached. I really didn't feel any pressure." His end-game strategy: "If we're down to two players, I think against any guy I will be very confident."
Kristy Arnett over at PokerNews.com has Loosli's November Nine interview for your viewing pleasure.
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