Finally, Fabrice Soulier has captured World Series of Poker gold! He did so by defeating a field of 239 other players in Event #37: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. For winning the event, Soulier earned over $600,000 and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
When the final table began, all eyes in the poker world weren't on Soulier. He, along with the other final-table competitors, took a back seat to Tom Dwan as the world watched to see if the young poker phenom could finally win a gold bracelet. Although Dwan held the a big stack during a good amount at the final table, he went out in fifth place and would have to wait to try again.
Maybe not having the limelight on him helped Soulier buckle down and focus. While everyone was watching Dwan, Soulier quietly did his part and gathered chips. After Dwan went out, Soulier hung towards the top of the pack. He eventually found himself very short, but then battled to heads-up play against Shawn Buchanan. Soulier was down in chips to start the match, but he quickly made up the deficit and took the lead. Once he got the lead, Soulier never gave it up. He had Buchanan on his heels a few times, but couldn't hit the winning basket before the shot clock expired on the day.
Coming back for Day 4 (the extra day), Buchanan had just under four big bets. From there it was over in just a few hands. On the final hand, Soulier rivered two pair in come-from-behind fashion and took the title.
Congratulations to Fabrice Soulier and other of the other winners in this event. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for our continued coverage of the 2011 WSOP!