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Pierre Neuville

Name
Pierre Neuville
Nickname
zoutechamp
Country
BelgiumBelgium
Poker Room
PokerStars PokerStars
Total winnings
$ 2,117,840
Cashes
56
First place Finishes
4

Biography

In early 2015, 72-year-old [PLAYER="pierre-neuville"]Pier re Neuville[/PLAYER] received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Poker Awards. During his acceptance speech, Neuville was appreciative, but humbly dismissive.

"The best is still to come, and it's never too late to win," said Neuville. "Thank you very much, but I'm sorry to tell you it's not achieved yet."

For most, a lifetime achievement award would be the capstone of their career. Not for Neuville, who hails from Belgium and has had a lifetime affair with games. In fact, Neuville seems to have saved the best for last as he finds himself fourth in chips in the 2015 WSOP November Nine.

Here's a look at how Neuville performed over the course of the tournament:

[TABLE width="100"] | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6| Day 7
End-of-Day Chips | 79,625 | 357,600 | 299,000 | 956,000 | 7,105,000 | 6,000,000 | 21,075,000
Rank | 486 | 16 | 267 | 77 | 1 | 15 | 4
Total Players Left | 4,371 | 1,796 | 661 | 237 | 69 | 27 | 9
Chip Average | 44,063 | 107,238 | 291,376 | 812,658 | 2,791,304 | 7,133,333 | 21,400,000 [/TABLE]

Neuville first learned to play poker back in 1957, and spent a good deal of his time at Université libre de Bruxelles playing the game. He then took his fascination with games to the next level when he created his own game and toy company in 1969, one he'd sell 13 years later to Hasbro. Neuville would go on to become vice chairman of the company's European division before retiring in 2008.

For decades Neuville was unable to pursue poker – a stipulation of his high-ranking position – but as a retiree, he jumped into it full force by heading to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), ultimately finishing in 18th place for $48,000. From there, Neuville traveled the world playing in live poker tournaments, many of which he qualified for online at PokerStars, a feat that earned him the nickname "The Serial Qualifier."

Not including the money he'll take home in the Main Event, Neuville has amassed $2,174,187 in lifetime earnings, with his best cash of $385,041 coming after he finished runner-up to [PLAYER="kevin-eyster"]Kevin Eyster[/PLAYER] in the 2014 WSOP Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed. Other highlights on Neuville's résumé include a couple of other runner-up finishes in events including EPT6 Vilamoura for $383,962 and EPT8 Copenhagen for $282,843; as well as ninth in the EPT5 Sanremo Main Event for $103,199, first in a Venetian 2012 Deep Stack Extravaganza III $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em Big Bounty for $79,080, and eighth in the EPT7 London £20,000 High Roller Event for $71,829.

Neuville currently sits second on Belgium's all-time money list behind [PLAYER="davidi-kitai"]Davidi Kitai[/PLAYER] ($6,215,644), meaning he would need to finish at least second in the Main Event to surpass him.

Follow Neuville on Twitter at @pierre_neuville.

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #74: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em147th$3,454
Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed506th$2,204
Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em15th$25,365
Event #50: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY246th$1,414
2017 Marrakech Poker Open
Main Event20th€1,856
2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta
€10,300 High Roller2nd€228,400
Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Championship Event
$2,500 Championship Event15th$16,986
2016 World Poker Tour Amsterdam
Main Event35th€6,200
2016 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Dublin
€5,300 Main Event34th€13,200
2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€10,600 Main Event31st€29,900
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em144th$3,460
Event #49: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em72nd$9,224
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em126th$2,253
Event #39: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em27th$16,573
Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em79th$3,266
Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em2nd$385,041
Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em139th$3,154
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em290th$2,864
The 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
Main Event82nd€15,000
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen
Main Event2nd1,600,000 DKK
2011 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship64th€20,000
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em13th$32,370
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Triple Chance13th$39,397
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em83rd$3,914
EPT Grand Final
€ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event83rd€15,000
EPT Snowfest
€ 3,500 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em11th€18,000
EPT Copenhagen
DKr 35,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event45th65,000 DKR
EPT Deauville
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event96th€9,000
EPT Prague
€ 5,000 Main Event Day - No Limit Hold'em74th€8,000
Master Classics of Poker 2010
€ 300 Satellite to Main Event1st€6,250
€ 800 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty11th€2,191
EPT London
£ 20,000 No Limit Hold'em - High Roller Event8th£45,900
EPT Vilamoura
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em - Turbo5th€3,201
EPT Tallinn
€ 4,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event41st€6,700
Bellagio Cup VI
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em12th$1,595
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em662nd$21,327
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em42nd$11,150
EPT Grand Final
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em - Six Max3rd€10,970
€ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event36th€35,000
EPT Copenhagen
DKr 10,000 No Limit Hold'em5th42,000 DKR
EPT Deauville
€ 2,000 Step 2 Super Satellite to High Roller Event1st€20,300
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 550 Step 1 High Roller Supersatellite1st$2,900
EPT Prague
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em II5th€6,800
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event66th€8,500
EPT Vilamoure
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event2nd€257,681
Master Classics of Poker 2009
€ 620 Satellite to Main Event1st€6,200
Namur Master Series of Poker
€ 300 No Limit Hold'em5th€1,500
Bellagio Cup V
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em10th$7,025
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em93rd$4,606
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em82nd$4,573
EPT Sanremo
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em9th€78,800
2008 Belgian Poker Championship
€ 1,550 No Limit Hold'em32nd€4,580
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em40th$9,434
WPT Spanish Championship
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em9th€3,100
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 7,800 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure18th$48,000
2007 Belgian Poker Championship
€ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em31st€5,022
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