November Nine WSOP 2009: Antoine Saout

antoine-saout-1Although Antoine Saout may be one of the smaller stacks at the final table with 9.5 million chips, this 25 year old from Saint Martin des Champs, France, has proven to have the skills to achieve a Main Event title the World Series of Poker (WSOP). In addition to claificar to be a member of the November Nine, Saout PROVO you have what it takes to win the most prestigious title in the poker world after winning the seventh place in the WSOPE Main Event last September. Having started playing less than two years ago, Saout continues to impress with his performance and can make life very difficult for his teammates at the final table.

As he got here Saout faced many challenges on their way to the final table, including having to sit at the table of Phil Ivey during the last three days of play. Despite these challenges, Saout used his cunning, played aggressively and managed to capitalize on their ability to read his opponents on his way to the final table.

In one hand, Saout aggressively forced fellow November Niner Steven Begleiter to discard his hand. In that hand, Saout bet preflop from early position for 550,000 and Begleiter called from the small blind. The flop showed 8Trébol 8Diamante 3Corazón. Begleiter spent and Saout bet 650,000. Begleiter then increased to 1.5 million. After thinking for a couple of minutes, Saout reraised all-in for 5,175,000 and forced an unhappy Begleiter to retreat.

In another hand, Saout capitalized on Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari and again attracted chips avoiding confrontation. In that hand, Saout bet 350,000 and Esfandiari called from the big blind. The flop showed 4Diamante 5Corazón 3Diamante and Esfandiari bet 535,000. Saout immediately increased to 1.8 million total and the Magician thought for a moment before retiring against Saout aggressive play.