By Jack Sawyer
Antoine Saout is a Frenchman who made the 2009 WSOP ME final table, better known as the second November Nine. He also holds the distinction of being one of only three players in all of poker who have managed to make the final table of both the WSOP ME and the WSOPE ME in the same year, the other two being James Akenhead and Ivan Demidov.
The road to the November Nine was anything but easy for Saout. He won his way through an online satellite with the site Everest Poker, but in an unfortunate twist of interlocked fates he would have to sit the last three days of the entire main event to the left of world’s most feared pro, Phil Ivey.
Saout had just recently wet his feet in the live tournaments, and only played two events (both in the Spanish Poker Tour) before having played in the 2009 Main Event. His run was therefore unthinkable, because he obviously lacked the experience deemed necessary for just such a thing. However, Saout proved to the world that he was not a one hit wonder, and also made the Final Table of the 2009 WSOPE Main Event held in London, taking home a 7th place finish good for £ 114,228. That event was ultimately won by Barry Shulman of Card Player Magazine, and had as runner-up none other than Daniel Negreanu.
Saout would get entangled with Eric Buchman and at one point with just four players left would become the overwhelming chip leader. When Buchman was finally eliminated in 4th by Darvin “The Moon Man” Moon, he would still be the chip leader, but a smaller one. He was not able to maintain this lead though, and then got involved in a brutal battle with Joe Cada, who got lucky on Saout twice to knock him out of the tournament. First with ducks vs. Saouts ladies, and spiking a third deuce on the flop, and then in a race vs. now short-sacked Saout, holding AKo and 88 respectively. The river brought an untimely King sending Saout out in 3rd, but $3,479,670 richer.
Saout’s main event run will likely trigger some sort of poker boom in France, mainly because he was the highest ever finisher from France in the Main Event, and many from his country will now try to emulate their new hero.
Antoine Saout proves that experience is overrated. If you work on your fundamentals and keep your cool, it does not matter what situations or circumstances life throws your way; you will prevail. Well, that and… vive la France!
Common misspellings: Antoin Saout, Antwan Saout, Antoine Saoot, Antoin Sue
Learn more about Antoine Saout at Everest Poker.
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