Friday, October 18th, 2013, was a day of setting records for Roger Hairabedian — he became the first French player to win multiple WSOP bracelets and the first player to win two WSOPE events. Hairabedian beat Erik Seidel heads up in Event 5 €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em and took home €148,820 for the victory along with poker's most coveted trophy.
Winning this event puts Hairabedian at over $700,000 in career WSOP earnings and over $4.4 million in career lifetime tournament earnings.
“It’s a very good thing for me and all of the French players,” Hairabedian said after the victory. “It’s the most prestigious thing in poker to win a bracelet.”
Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em
When Day 3 kicked off there were seven players and it wasn't long before both Canadian players headed for the Cashier with Max Greenwood taking his leave first. Mike Watson followed a few hands later and Seidel was responsible for sending them both out of action.
A few dozen hands later France’s Erwann Pecheux was gone in fifth place. His fellow countryman Hairabedian took him out of the competition with the against Pecheux's and the pocket queens held.
Matan Krakow three-bet all-in with after Hairabedian opened with the . Hairabedian called Krakow's raise and hit a 10 on the turn. Krakow was next to head for the cashier and claim his fourth-place prize of €49,784.
Seidel almost fell in third place but was saved by the river when he went to war with a four-bet all-in with . Hairabedian was the three-bettor and he called Seidel's all-in with . The first card on the flop was the , followed by the and . The on the turn found Seidel starting to get out of his seat, but the pealed off on the river and Seidel was back in the game as chip leader with three players remaining.
Song four-bet all-in with pocket sixes after a three-bet from Seidel. Seidel insta-called with pocket queens and the deck wasn't as kind to Song's pocket sixes as it had been to Seidel. All five community cards were bricks and Song was gone in third place.
Seidel squared off with a two-to-one chip advantage over Hairabedian when it got to heads-up but everything changed during the 70-hand heads-up match. Hairabedian stacked all of the big pots with the most memorable one being the final one. Seidel held the and called a four-bet shove from Hairabedian who had the . The flop brought the to give Seidel a gutshot draw but the board ran out with the respectively. It was all over for Seidel.
Seidel has finished runner-up in a bracelet event three times. The first two were: 1991 against Byron Wolford in a $5,000 limit event and Johnny Chan in 1988 in the Main Event.
Congratulations to Hairabedian for writing his own piece of poker history.