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Patrik Bruel

Patrick Bruel, whose real name is Maurice Benguigui, was born in 1959 in Tlemcen, Algeria. When he was three years old, his parents divorced and his mother, a French teacher, took him to live in France, Argenteuil, in the Val d'Oise. He spent much of his childhood there before moving to Paris in the 13th arrondissement. His artist talent is famous and Patrick Bruel is best known as a singer and successful actor.

In addition to his concerts and films, the artist is also a great poker player. He participate regularly in many competitions in which he measures himself to the biggest players in the world. Very talented and a great tactician, he has to his credit a host of participation in major national and international tournaments like the European Poker Tour, World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour. In the world of poker, Patrick Bruel also appears as a TV commentator and he is a great businessman.

Among the many variations of poker, Patrick Bruel specializes and is a master of No Limit Texas Hold'em. Patrik discovered poker in 1997 and participated for the first time in World Series of Poker tournament in the same year. Later, he played more tournaments and created a good reputation in the closed community of poker. Within a year of practice on the professional poker scene, Patrick Bruel recorded his first major consecration, which earned him the respect of other major players. During the WSOP in May 1998, he reached the final table in Limit Hold'em and won the event and WSOP bracelet in passing, pocketing the $224k at the expense of over a hundred opponents.

Bruel became the first French to win a tournament at the WSOP World Series of Poker. Thereafter, he continued to shine in the biggest poker tournaments in Europe and worldwide. He made an excellent display of his talent and rounded up hundreds of thousands of dollars. He will make his big comeback in the 2002 edition of the WSOP, where he narrowly missed the title in Pot Limit Omaha and finished in second place in the tournament, behind Robert Williamson III. This second place was rewarded with a nice check of $100,580.

Not content with being one of the poker players the most famous and most talented in the world, not content to compete in the biggest tournaments in the world, Patrick Bruel also made himself famous thanks to several parallel activities compared with the poker. In 2005, he signed a contract with Canal + to comment on the World Poker Tour, alongside Denis Balbir. The duo managed to set the mood on the small screen, not only with their comments as experts of the game, but also with their great repartee. Thus, the issue drew the attention of many viewers and reinforced Patrick Bruel's reputation.

Motivated by his love for the game, with Michel Abecassis, they made a DVD in 2006 entitled 'Poker Coach' designed for novice poker. It explains the basic rules of the game and delivers tips and strategies to allow players to improve their style. Explanations are clear and simple, the DVD confirms the genius of Bruel for poker. In addition, his passion for poker is not limited only to participate in official tournaments or comment them on TV. Patrick Bruel is also one of the four shareholders in Winamax, the famous online poker site which he bought with Marc Simoncini, Alexander and Christopher Roos Schaming. Thanks to the popularity of Patrick Bruel, the site has approximately 700 000 players.

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