Most pros feel that the $50K H.O.R.S.E. event is the most respected bracelet that is awarded at the WSOP. Freddy Deeb won the bracelet along with a $2,276,832 first place prize.
"This is a big accomplishment," said Deeb in an interview with ESPN. "I played great and I got what I deserved. This was a special tournament. The biggest in the world. This time I was determined to play the best poker of my life, and I did. I took a lot of bad beats and I survived to come back and win it."
"You know what did it?" he asked WSOP Commisoner Jeffrey Pollack. "The lucky shirt!"
In 2005, Bruno Fitoussi played until the morning hours in pursuit of his first bracelet in a Razz event. He finished in second place during that tournament.
In 2007, Bruno Fitoussi navigated a dangerous field of 148 of the best poker players in the world. He was in position to win it all and at one point held a massive chip lead before Freddy Deeb mounted an amazing comeback.
Fitoussi took second place in another WSOP event. He didn't win his first bracelet, but he did win the respect and admiration of his peers.
Although Fitoussi did not win his first bracelet, he managed to become the winningest tournament player from France. He's now #1 on the all-time money list for all French players.
3rd: Deeb brings it in for 70,000, Fitoussi completes to 250,000, and Deeb calls.
4th: Deeb bets 250,000, Fitoussi raises to 500,000, Deeb reraises to 750,000, and Fitoussi calls.
5th: Fitoussi checks, Deeb bets 500,000, and Fitoussi calls.
6th: Fitoussi checks, Deeb bets 500,000, and Fitoussi calls.
7th: Fitoussi checks, Deeb bets 500,000, and Fitoussi goes into the tank. He does something funny as he lets out a big sigh, and Deeb laughs, saying, "Do that again!" Fitoussi smiles at Isabelle Mercier in the stands, and she just smiles back and shrugs. Deeb asks, "Is that all you have, the deuces?" Fitoussi shrugs.
Fitoussi eventually folds, showing that he had nothing but the pair of deuces. Deeb lets him off the hook, showing that he had two pair, sevens up, and that it was a good laydown. Freddy Deeb takes the pot.