If you are interested in poker, you surely know Jean Gaspard, a professional poker player from the United States. Perhaps you are rather aware of his nickname Prince. He is called in this way by his colleagues. Prince is a permanent guest of numerous large poker tournaments.
The Haiti-born American poker player Gaspard joined participants of the World Series of Poker Dealerís Choice Event by paying $10,000 as a buy-in. His skills and luck allowed him to win his first bracelet in the career. As for his cash prize, it reached $306,621. It is the highest payout in his career. However, Gaspardís total earnings in poker tournaments exceeded 2.2 million dollars.
There is an interesting moment in the Jean Gaspardís biography. He used to be a professional basketball player. However, in 2003, he decided to make poker a part of his life. He waited for 6 years to get the previous largest sum in his career. The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in New Orleans brought him $211,722.
One hundred eighteen players take part in the tournament. Their entry fees allowed the organizers to collect 1,109,200 dollars as a prize pool. A lot of famous professional poker players managed to get prizes in this event. Among them we can mention the following characters: James Obst (a 7th-place finish), Andrew Brown (an 8th-place finish), Dan Smith (a 9th-place finish), Alex Kostritsyn (a 10th-place finish), Richard Ashby (an 11th-place finish), Adam Owen (a 12th-place finish), Jennifer Harman (a 13th-place finish), Eric Wasserson (a 15th-place finish), Brian Hastings (a 16th-place finish), and David Chiu (a 17th-place finish).
As for the final round, the first eliminated player was Viacheslav Zhukov from Russia. He won $50,818 and occupied the sixth position in the final standings. The fifth place belonged to Mikhail Semin. He earned $69,937. Randy Ohel with his 4th-place finish pocketed $96,876. John Monnette occupied the third position. It was his second appearance at WSOP final tables this summer, allowing him to earn $135,061.
In the heads-up series Jean Gaspard succeeded in beating William OíNeil, who earned $189,505.