In a tournament involving some of the biggest names in poker, a player quickly became one of the winners. Alexandre Vuilleumier has only been playing for just over a year, and he beat 207 of the toughest opponents on the circuit to win his first event in Event #2 $25,000 High Roller 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em World Series bracelet and first seven-figure prize at the 2023 WSOP, $1,215,864.
“Of course, the World Series is fantastic,” said the newly crowned champion after beating pro Chance Kornuth in the final. “Without a doubt, winning a bracelet is the epitome of a poker career.”
Vuilleumier started the WSOP on a positive note. In November, he finished third at the EPT London, his best result to date. He won the $10,150 event in the Bahamas in February and is now the last entrant in one of the most talented tournaments on the poker calendar.
The past seven months have seen Vuilleumier establish himself as one of the breakout players on the scene, even if he doesn’t think it’s right. “I’m not going to say it with arrogance, but for me it was definitely a professional year. I’m very happy with what happened,” he said. “I’m not one of the best players. Like chess, you have to be here for many years. I’m really growing and looking forward to being a part of these tournaments. I’m starting from 1 in 2022 I’m going to start competing in March, so of course I’m not going to make any bold judgments.”
Chess is another game with which Vuilleumier is very familiar. He is an International Master with an ELO rating of 2,400. His chess experience stretching back more than two decades has helped prepare him for the demanding responsibilities of a professional poker player. “There are many similarities. One of the best skills learned in chess is the ability to concentrate for a long time. So, I think after 9 hours of concentration, my ability to maintain At 90 percent, and someone else might be at 60 percent, so it’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“And they, too, are hindsight. We’re able to think abstractly in the air like chess, and reconstruct the game. In poker, it’s important to start with What did the poker do, and what does that mean? These mental exercises are of course very similar to what happens in chess.”
VIDEO | Vuilleumier’s Last Hand
Alexandre Veilleumier (@elcancherito22) halts @ChancesCards quest for 4th bracelet at @WSOP Event #2: $25,000 High Roller 6 Won the championship in the human system.
Veilleumier will receive $1,215,864 if he wins.
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Event #2 High Roller 6 Hands No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $25,000Stakes: 207Pot: US$4,864,500
1. Alexandre Vuilleumier – $1,215,864 2nd Chance Kornuth – $751,463 3rd Sean Winter – $518,106 4th Axel Hallay – $363,326 5 Ren Lin – $259,220 6th Joey Weissman – $188,219 US$