Gaelle Baumann is a French poker player with over $1.2 million in career earnings. She is currently sponsored by French poker site Winamax. Baumann is best known for being the final table bubble girl at the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.
She was also the last woman standing in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, finishing 102nd for $49,108.
Gaelle Baumann was born in 1983 in Strasbourg, France. She started playing poker in 2007 mostly concentrating on cash games.
Before she got into poker Baumann obtained a university bachelor's degree and then a master's degree. She started playing poker at the age of 24, but it wasn't until 2011 that she entered a major live tournament. Cash games were Baumann's first choice and only after playing for a few years she had finally decided to enter the big tournament scene. The decision seemed to have paid off as Baumann started collecting cashes in some of the biggest poker events, including her biggest achievement, the 2012 WSOP Main Event 10ta place finish.
Baumann at the WSOP
Baumann first entered the World Series in 2012 and immediately made a name for herself cashing in three tournaments. She first finished in the money in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event collecting more than $5,000 for her 123rd place finish. A few days later Baumann added another cash after placing 15th in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Championship for almost $8,000.
However, the two cashes meant nothing compared to what came after. Baumann entered the $10,000 Main Event along with other 6,597 hopefuls and after seven grueling days of play Baumann ended up as the unfortunate final table bubble girl. She was eliminated from the tournament in 10th place and took home almost $600,000 in prize money.
“It was really devastating for a bit after the WSOP was over but I’m long over thinking about it," Baumann told PokerNews in 2013. “It was one of those situations you cannot control. I didn’t make a mistake and didn’t have a choice on the outcome so you just have to be okay with how it worked out.”
Did you know?
- With just 11 players left in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Baumann was one of the two women left in the game. The second one, Norway's Elisabeth Hille was eliminated in 11th place just before Baumann leaving no female players in the October Nine.