When French player Antoine Saout made the final table for the World Series of Poker Main Event this week it presented a financial windfall to not only himself, but to the 51 other players who won sponsored WSOP prizes in Everest Poker qualifiying tourneys.
Earlier this year the online poker subsidiary of the GigaMedia group in Taiwan had guaranteed the qualifiers that if any one of them managed to make the final table it would add a bonus of a million dollars for equal distribution.
25-year-old Saout, who hails from Saint Martin des Champs in France and was playing his first WSOP, has made that possible, surviving a packed original entry field of 6,494 hopefuls to achieve a seat among the November Nine, who will reconvene November 7th this year to play for the top spot.
Thanks to Saout's very competent performance through the eight days of the Main Event preliminary action, each of the 51 Everest qualifiers will receive $19,607.
For Saout himself, his success even thus far represents a great return on investment; he won his Main Event entry in an Everest qualifiers for a buy-in of only $50! Besides his travel and accommodation costs, his return now includes at least $1.26 million just for making the November Nine and the really big money still lies ahead, including that tantalising first place reward of $8.55 million.
Source: InfoPowa News