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With eight seasons of the European Poker Tour now passed, the circuit has amassed more than 80 champions. They come from all places, backgrounds, and bankrolls, but only a couple are the Champion of Champions. This week, Season 6 EPT Warsaw winner Christophe Benzimra became one of them.
For the past couple of seasons, the EPT has hosted the Champion of Champions event at the season-ending Grand Final. The €100,000 freeroll is open to anyone who has an EPT title. Last year, Jason Mercier cemented his place among the champs. This year, the honor went to Benzimra.
Benzimra got heads-up with EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard heads-up and took down the win for €35,000 worth of buy-ins to EPT Season 9 tournaments. The 49-year-old Frenchman beat out 39 champs for the title.
“It feels fantastic! I’m very happy,” he said. “I haven’t been playing much this season but I will be next season.”
In 2009, Benzimra won EPT Warsaw for €400,000 just a few years after taking up poker. Though he’s been out of the game for most of the year, he and five other champs now have a lot of buy-ins to spend in Season 9.
Here are the final results to the Season 8 Champion of Champions tourney.
Congrats to Benzimra on his win.
EPT Season 8 Champion of Champions results
1st – Christophe Benzimra (EPT Warsaw champion) – €35,000
2nd – Zimnan Ziyard (EPT Loutraki champion)- €25,000
3rd – Jake Cody (EPT Deauville champion) – €17,500
4th – Arnaud Mattern (EPT Prague champion) – €10,000
5th – Frederik Jensen (EPT Madrid champion) – €7,500
6th – Mohsin Charania (EPT Grand Final champion) – €5,000
The bubble was EPT Dortmund champion Sandra Naujoks.
A massive field of 477 players registered for Day 1B of EPT Prague and among them the three French players of Team Titan: Christophe Benzimra, Yann Brosolo and Florian Desgouttes . They started the day seated at difficult tables:
Table 27: Christophe Benzimra with Johannes Strassmann, Anton Wigg, Praz Bansi and Melanie Weisner.
Table 18: Florian Desgouttes with Jonathan Duhamel (WSOP Main Event Champion 2010) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
Table 10: Yann Brosolo with Dermot Blain and the WSOP 2011 Main Event Champion Pius Heinz.
Level 1 – Blinds 50/100
Yann Brosolo bet 250 under the gun and Dermot Blain 3-bet to 700 in middle position. Yann called.
Yann check-raised to 2,700 and got paid by his Irish opponent.
Yann Brosolo bet 4,400 and was again called by Blain.
Yann Brosolo fired a 11K bet on the river 4♦, and after a long hesitation Blain finally folded, wincing. Brosolo didn’t show his cards but it was a bluff with pocket 6s.
Our two other Frenchmen were not really active during the first level.
End of Level:
Yann Brosolo: 36.5K
Christophe Benzimra: 27.6K
Florian Desgouttes: 28.1K
Level 2 – Blinds 75/150
A Romanian player raised at the cut-off to 425, the small blind called and Christophe Benzimra as well from the big blind with Q♠9♥
The flop came 9-4-3 rainbow and the three players checked.
On the turn, an 8, the small blind opened to 600, Christophe and the cut-off both called.
The river was a 4 and the small blind bet 1,750 and just Christophe paid. The small blind mucked his hand when Christophe showed the top pair. Christophe was up to 31K.
Then Johannes Strassmann raised to 400 in middle position. The button called, Christophe Benzimra called in small blind and Melanie Weisner in big blind as well.
Strassman bet 1,400 on the flop 10♦6♠9♥ and Christophe paid. On the turn, the 3♦, Christophe check-folded after the 3K bet of Strassmann.
Our 3 French players maintained their stacks at the same level until the first break of the day.
Yann Brosolo: 37.2K
Christophe Benzimra: 26.8K
Florian Desgouttes: 28.9K
Level 3 – Blinds 100/200
A player raised in middle position to 500. English player Praz Bansi raised to 1,275 and Christophe paid at the button. The initial raiser folded.
On the flop 9♣10♥10♠ Benzimra check-called the 1,300 of Bansi.
Same action at the turn J♥, and at the river Q♣, for respectively 2.2K and 3K.
Bansi revealed A♦10♥ and Christophe mucked his A♠Q♦ and fell to 20K.
A few minutes later, Christophe raised to 400 in early position with A♦ A♣. Swedish player Anton Wigg and Strassmann called. The player at the button 3-bet to 2.5K. Christophe 4-bet to 6.4K and the button moved all-in. The call was obvious and Christophe was a huge favorite against the A♥K♥ of the button.
Five cards later Christophe Benzimra was up to 42K.
At the very end of the level, Strassmann limped under the gun and Benzimra raised to 850 with pocket Aces again. Melanie Weisner called at the button and Strassmann paid.
Flop: 4-4-6 rainbow
Johannes Strassmann check-called the 1.8K bet of Benzimra while Weisner gave up.
Turn: 3♦ and both players checked.
River: 4♣ Strassmann checked, Benzimra bet 4.6K and after tanking two or three minutes Strassmann made the call with pocket 10. Christophe Benzimra was up to 46K.
The other French players had a quiet Level 3 and finished at exactly the same amount as the previous level.
Level 4 – 100/200 ante 25 - Yann Brosolo on fire and Florian Desgouttes eliminated on the last hand of the level.
Yann Brosolo 3-bet preflop with K♦K♠. His opponent 4-bet to 3.5K and Yann Brosolo called out of position.
On a flop 10-J-6, Yann Brosolo donk-bet to 3K and got paid.
Both players checked the turn, another 6, and Yann bet 5K on the river, a 2. His opponent paid and mucked after seeing the hand of the French Titan pro.
Then a young player raised in early position. Two other players called and Yann Brosolo completed in big blind position with 6♠4♠
No action on the next flop: K-6-6
The turn brought a 10, Yann checked, the initial raiser opened to 1K. Yann Brosolo raised to 3.3K and his opponent made it 6K. Brosolo called.
Check, check and Brosolo won the pot. His opponent held AK.
Then, a few minutes before the second break of the day, Yann raised with J♥10♥ and got paid by the button and the big blind.
The flop came 3♥4♥6♥
The big blind checked, Brosolo bet 800, the button called and the big blind raised to 2.1K. Call from Brosolo.
Small blind player bet 4K and Brosolo called.
Brosolo called the 6.8K bet of his opponent who showed 4♦5♦ for a straight. Yann Brosolo climbed to an healthy 72K before the break.
At the same time Florian Desgouttes was playing his last hour in the poker room. Jonathan Duhamel raised to 500, ElkY called and Florian 3-bet to 1,325 from the cut-off. Both Duhamel and ElkY called.
No action on the flop: 9♥6♥9♠
On the turn, 7♥, Duhamel opened to 2,825, ElkY folded and Florian called.
Check, check on the river, the 8♦
Duhamel won the pot with 5♥5♠ versus the A♠Q♥ of Florian who was down to 20K.
A few hands later, the cut-off player raised to 500, Florian 3-bet to 1.3K and the cut-off paid.
On the flop 2♥ 8♦ 3♥ the cut-off check-called 2.8K and on the river, the 4♥, he gave up after Florian bet 6K.
Just before going on break, Florian Desgouttes called the raise of a Czech player in middle position. The big blind paid as well.
Flop: 8♥ 2♣ 9♠
Big blind player checked, the initial raiser bet 900 and Florian 3-bet to 2,050. The big blind folded but the pre-flop raiser 4-bet to 5,150. Florian made the call.
The dealer revealed the 4♥ and the preflop raiser bet 6.7K. Florian shoved for around 14K and his opponent, looking very unhappy, had to pay the difference.
Florian Desgouttes showed Q♦ 9♦ and his opponent was in front with a strange 4♦ 2♦
The river brought a blank and Florian Desgouttes was eliminated.
End of Level 4 – Average 34K and 421 players left.
Christophe Benzimra: 45K
Yann Brosolo: 72K
Level 5 & 6 at Blinds 150/300 ante 25 and 200/400 ante 50
Johannes Strassmann attacked to 900 and Praz Bansi called. Christophe paid at the button with A♠ 5♠
On the flop: 5♦ J♥ J♦ Strassmann opened to 2.1K, Bansi called but Christophe Benzimra fired a strong bet of 6.8K which resulted in a quick fold of his two adversaries.
Yann Brosolo ended the level with 69K and Christophe Benzimra with 51K for an average of 38.4K and 373 players left.
Level 7 & 8 at blinds 250/500 ante 50 and 300/600 ante 75
Christophe Benzimra was sitting behind a 40K stack half an hour before the end of the day. He was card dead during 3 levels and played only one real hand and lost it.
A new player at his table raised to 1.3K and got called in middle position. Christophe called with A♠ J♦ in small blind and the big one completed.
Flop: 2♠ 7♠ 4♠
Small blind and big blind players checked, the pre-flop raiser opened to 1.8K and just Christophe paid.
Both players checked the turn, the A♥
Christophe Benzimra bet 3.5K on the river, the 8♦, and was called by his opponent who won the pot with A♥ K♠
Yann Brosolo eliminated 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz. Yann raised to 1,250 with AQ and Heinz moved all-in for 10K total. Yann made the call and hit an Ace on the flop.
Then Brosolo lost two pre-flop all-in hands against short stacks and was down to 50K.
In the middle of the last level, Yann Brosolo raised to 1,200 at the cut-off and got 3-bet by the button to 3,700. Yann decided to just call to keep his short-stacked opponent (12K) in the hand.
No action on the flop Q-10-9
Yann bet 4,200 on the turn, a 5, and his opponent paid.
Yann Brosolo moved all-in on the river, a 2, but his opponent gave up.
Just before the end, Yann took down a nice last pot to finish Day 1B with 74K.
He raised under the gun to 1,300 with pocket 9s and the button made the call.
On the flop Q-9-6 Yann made a continuation-bet to 1,600 and his adversary paid.
A Jack fell on the turn and Brosolo bet 4K. His opponent made it 11K and Brosolo called.
Yann checked, expecting a bet from his opponent but this one checked behind with Q J !!!
Christophe Benzimra ended the day with 36K.
304 players are left from the 488 entrants for an average stack of 48,157 chips.
Tomorrow at noon, Christophe and Yann will be back to defend their chips on Day 2 of EPT Prague. Good luck to them !
218 players returned to the poker room of the Corinthia Hotel to play Day 2 of WPT Prague. Team Titan’s Christophe Benzimra took his seat with a stack of 69.8K, just below the average stack.
Level 11 & 12 – Blinds 600/1,200 ante 200 and 800/1,600 ante 200
Christophe Benzimra stole the blinds twice during the first hour but with the increase of the blinds our French Titan pro was down to 60K when he lost half of his stack.
Christophe raised to 3,600 in middle position with J♥J♦ and the big blind 3-bet to 8.6K. Christophe paid.
The flop came 7-3-2 rainbow and the big blind opened to 9K. Christophe raised to 20.5K but his opponent moved all-in in one second. Christophe decided to fold and was right as his opponent showed pocket Queens. Christophe was down to 30K.
Then during the next levels, Christophe played really tight and well. He grinded slowly to 40K and then 45K without seeing a showdown through the end of Level 13. The average was up to 118K with 144 players still in.
Finally in the middle of level 14 with blinds 1,200/ 2,400 ante 400 Christophe was eliminated. A really active player raised to 5.1K from the hi-jack. The player next to him quickly called. Christophe 3-bet to 18K from the button. The small blind announced All-in. The initial raiser and the caller gave up and Christophe Benzimra called hoping for a coin flip.
Unfortunately his opponent held A♣K♠
The final board came: A♠8♣9♣10♥Q♦
Christophe Benzimra finished in 126th position of this WPT event. He will be present for the EPT Prague from the 5th to the 10th of December alongside his two compatriots Yann Brosolo and Florian Desgouttes. Also participating will be our German Team Titan member, Marvin Rettenmaier.
Team Titan’s French poker pro Christophe Benzimra finished in 34th place at the prestigious WPT Grand Prix de Paris, staged at the famous Aviation Club de France on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
His prize was €11,110. Team Titan’s Marvin Rettenmaier was chipleader during an early stage of the tournament but did not finish in the money.
312 players paid the €7,500 buy-in to participate in the prestigious WPT Grand Prix de Paris Main Event. Marvin Rettenmaier and Yann Brosolo from Team Titan didn’t finish in the money even though Rettenmaier started the tournament very well finishing Day 1B among the chipleaders. He was also leading the field for a good part of Day 2.
Marvin declared after his elimination: “I reached the point of the tournament where you need to win some flips to be able to play for the win. Unfortunately, I lost these crucial flips so I am logically (but unfortunately) out. But next time will be mine ”
Other poker stars were in Paris to try to take down the title of WPT champion, among them Jason Mercier, Juha Helppi, Martin Jacobson, Freddy Deeb, Davidi Kitaï, Sorel Mizzi, Arnaud Mattern, Antoine Saout and Anton Makiievski (November Nine).
Christophe Benzimra, who won the EPT Warsow in 2009 showed a good result after 3 days of a high level fight. Unfortunately the French pro from Team Titan had to leave the tournament when his pocket Queens was beaten by Russian Dimitry Stelmak’s pocket Kings. Stelmak eventually finished 8th in the tournament and won €66,665,
The countdown has come to an end. The first of June has finally come! Our plane to Las Vegas is waiting at the gates of Brussels airport ready to take us to the city of sins. At 6:30 in the morning we start packing our bags. Although we didn’t catch a lot of sleep, we aren’t really as edgy as we normally are when leaving for a long trip in the early morning.
We arrive at the Airport at about 8:45, well in time. Our flight only leaves at 10:55 so we have all the time in the world to get some food and relax a bit. At that moment we get our first beat of the day. Off all the planes departing that morning, our flight is the only one that has a two hour delay. To avoid getting tilted we decide to upgrade to business class. It’s only $ 500 each to get the upgrade, and for such a long flight, $ 500 is well worth it. So in the airport, we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait. Christophe goes KO in the VIP lounge and then finally at 12:15 we can go to the departure gate. Flying business class is pretty cool. It was actually the first time we did it on a long distance flight, and to be honest, it tastes like more. The chairs are almost as comfortable as beds and you get served very well. The stewardess asks you if you want a drink every five minutes, you get eatable food and they laugh with every joke you make. Travelling in style, we like.
We have a scheduled stop in Chicago where we have to wait for 4.5 hours to get our connecting flight to Vegas because of the previous delays. And 4.5 hours at an airport, again, is a pretty damn long time. Good thing we find a place where we can charge our laptops. So on some very uncomfortable, almost human-unworthy iron seats, we watch “The Sopranos” and the clock ticks time away a little faster.
Then finally it’s time. Our plane is ready to take off. We enter, take our seat, pass out and wake up when the plane hits the ground. This is it. We arrive in Sin City. Now we get a second bad beat: Sybe our friend who is coming to pick us up from the airport has a car accident at 5 miles/hour. Nothing severe, but still the police, ambulance and even fire workers come to the scene where it happened to make sure he can’t get to the airport to pick us up. Not a big deal, we just take a taxi, give the driver the address and we are on our way to the house. Oh wait, bummer, the taxi driver is not familiar with the address.
So he starts messing around with his GPS system that he’s apparently using for the very first time. This guy is even worse with electronics than our own dad, “Bobbybusto”. It’s pretty tilting that the last part of the trip gets prolonged so annoyingly, but after some detours, driving in circles for $ 30, the driver sees the light and boom, ee arrive at the house!
The house we are staying at is amazing. It has seven bedrooms that all have their own bathroom. It has a big kitchen and a nice living room with a knight guarding the place. In the basement we have a chill & relax room with pool table, poker table and a home cinema. Outside we have a big pool, a Jacuzzi and a guest house.
A nice thing to note as well is that the house comes with a crazy hummer-style limousine named “The Kong” that drives us to the Rio where the WSOP tournaments are played every day.
Riding in style
The next day Matthias – alias “Action-Jackson” – jumps right into a $ 1,600 Deep Stack at the Venetian trying to go for success on the very first days of the trip. This doesn’t really work out. Five hours after sitting down, he busts, gets back up and decides to hit the cash tables. The cashgames in Las Vegas are super-juicy. It’s almost like the PokerStars cash game lobby. You can choose from hundreds of games trying to find a money table. The cashgames go very well the first couple of days. Matthias crushes the $ 10-20 games even taking shots at $ 10-20-40 in the Belaggio which is a huge game.
Unfortunately he gets unlucky in a big pot to Masa Kagawa, the rich Japanese businessman and high stakes player. This forces him to move back down in stakes and get back to the grind. In the meanwhile Christophe is very successful at the deep $ 2-5 games. Not seeming able to have a losing session, he’s now up a ton and soon moving up to $ 5-10.
But being a poker player is not only about going strong in cashgames. Like all the other thousands of poker players coming to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, we register in multiple WSOP events, as well as Venetian Deep Stack tournaments in order to reach the highest glory, winning a tournament or even better, winning a bracelet!
At the Rio
The poker gods aren’t really helping this first week. Everytime we are in stackin’ chips mode, the pot for the chiplead goes the wrong way. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Matt finishes in 94th place in the $ 1500 WSOP Triple Chance and as we speak is making a deep run in the $ 2,500 Venetian Deepstack. Will he outlast the entire field and go for king?
This tournament is one of the hardest event of the whole WSOP and 732 players decided to play it and the French pro player Christophe Benzimra of Team Titan was part of them.
Starting stack: 15 000 chips – One hour level
During the first two hours (at blinds 50/75 and 50/100), Christophe Benzimra didn’ t find nice spots to increase his stack. He ended the level 2 with the same stack than a the the start.
”There was a lot of action at my table but i had no cards to play and when i finally received a pocket Aces everybody folded. Then i bluffed once to maintain my stack. Let’s see the next levels. At the moment, there is no hurry with the low blinds”.
Level 3 – Blinds 75/150
Christophe raised 400 with Q♦Q♠ in first position (UTG) and found a caller, the player at the button who has only 7 K left.
Flop J♣ 5♦ 4♥
Christophe made his continuation-bet for 700 and the button 3-bet to 1600.
Our frenchman moved all-in and his opponent paid making an embarrassed face when he realized that his A♦J♠ was behind Christophe’s hand.
The turn came a blank but the river an Ace came to save him and knocked out Benzimra’s who is down to 8 K.
Few hands later, Christophe was down to 3 250 chips after having losing the hand with K♠K♯
Christophe raised UTG and a german player called from the big blind.
Flop: 3♠ 4♦ 6♠
The young german player bet 700 and Christophe called.
Both players checked.
On the river, a blank, the german sent a bet of 1 700 and Christophe just called.
His opponent showed a pocket 5 for a straight.
Christophe told us: “I should have lost everything on this hand but i’m so unlucky these last months that i felt something was wrong and i prefered to control the size of the pot. If a spade would have come on the river i would have moved all-in but it didn’t happen”.
Level 4 – Blinds 100/200
The same german player raised to 600 and Christopke shoved for 2 650. His opponent called.
Christophe Benzimra: A♥ J♥
German player: 8♣ 9♣
Final board: 4-6-8-J-Q and Christophe Benzimra survived and was up to 5,5 K.
Benzimra went several times all-in during the level 5 at blinds 100/200 ante 25 and each time took down the pots witout any resistance.
Level 6 – Blinds 150/300 ante 25: the come-back:
In the middle of the level, Christophe had 6,3 K and after a raise at 650 of the high-jack player, he moved all-in. His opponent gave up and Christophe showed JJ.
Christophe: 7,5 K for an average of 23 K.
Just before the dinner break (end of the level), the american chipleader of the table raised to 650 in early position and the german player call from the small blind. Christophe flat-called from the big blind with KJ offsuit.
Flop: K♦ 9♦ 10♠
The german checked, Christophe opened to 2K and if the american young man gave up, the german one announced all-in.
Christophe paid and his opponent showed J-10.
An Ace fell on the river and Christophe more than doubled-up to come back at the starting stack, 15 K.
The player under the gun raised to 1 K and Christophe paid defended his big blind with pocket 3.
Flop: 4♦ K♦ A♥
Christophe check-raised to 2,5 K after the initial bet of his opponent (1K). It is paid by his adversary.
Both players checked in the turn: 10♦
Christophe Benzimra decided to bet 8,8 K letting him 2 K behind.
His opponent tanked for minimum 3 minutes before calling.
The young player showed 10♣ 8♣ for the third pair of the board and win the hand. What a call !
Christophe and the other players of the table were astonished by this call.
Finally, Christophe busted few hands later when his J8 was beat by the K9 of his opponent.
Christophe Benzimra had a really hard day with this bad beat at the very beginning of the day and tried to understand the penultimate hand he played against the young genious.
We will follow Christophe in his next tournament of the WSOP here in Las Vegas.