2007 WSOP Bracelet Winner Sued for $236K
A World Series of Poker bracelet winner has been hit with a six-figure lawsuit in Denver.
Local law firm Campbell Killin Brittan & Ray LLC filed suit alleging that Francois Safieddine and his ViewHouse Corp. owes them $236,000 plus interest and court fees, according to BusinessDen.
The firm represented Safieddine in a pair of cases in 2016, with Safieddine's company allegedly working up an unpaid tab of $238,000.
Safieddine has a claim to poker fame from winning a WSOP bracelet and $521,785 in the heyday of the poker boom in 2007. He took down Event #19: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em, besting John "The Razor" Phan heads up and the likes of Humberto Brenes and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier at the final table after getting through a field of 1,013.
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Overall, Safieddine has tallied more than $1.8 million in tournament cashes, with a number of other six-figure scores outside of his bracelet win, all coming in 2007 or earlier. While he has never matched the heights of his success from back in those days, he has continued to pop up here and there with his last recorded cash coming in 2015.
The business owner doesn't appear to be hurting for capital, considering he fired in the $25,000 Six-Max at the 2013 WSOP and the 2017 partypoker LIVE Million North America $10,300 High Roller.
Evidently, Safieddine makes his primary living as owner ViewHouse, a self-described "chef-driven, casual eatery, bar & rooftop." At the time of his bracelet win, he owned "three of the hottest nightclubs in Denver" according to the official WSOP bio.
The law firm claims Safieddine told them at a Dec. 4 meeting that he didn't intend to pay up, although ViewHouse did fork over $2,000 afterward. ViewHouse's vice president told BusinessDen that they're "working diligently to come to a resolution."
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