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   Sunday, July 14 2024 
A slight increase in attendance, a Belgium native won the top prize - WPTN Brussels

The freshly-completed World Poker Tour National Brussels 2015 saw a talented Belgian poker player sealing the win after four days of battle in the poker room of Grand Casino Brussels - Viage. The WPTN Brussels Main Event has brought together 144 players on Day 1A and 247 on Day 1B, bringing it to a total field of 391 participants. In comparison with last year’s 376-player field, that of 2015 sees a slight increase. Of the 145 players making it through Day 2, only 21 managed to claim their tickets for the next phase. 30 players were kicked out during the first 45 minutes of play on Day 2. While a modest number of participants left the Grand Casino Brussels empty-handed, others successfully reached “In The Money” places though eventually sent to the rail.

On Day 3, the game was played at a hectic pace until 8 poker players remained in the race. Belgium’s Heinrich Pauker emerged victorious by beating Yehoram Houri in the final showdown. It comes as no surprise since Pauker entered the clash with a neat chip advantage over his opponent: 11 million chips against 800,000 chips for Yehoram Houri. Both men respectively cashed € 88,000 and € 61,075. As for Erwann Pecheux, he fell to 3rd place for € 39,425. Jozsef Szabo and Miroslav Halilovic earned € 29,200 each for their 4th and 5th place finishes. Julien "J3llyFish" Duveau prematurely headed to the WPTN Brussels’ exit at 6th place (€ 17,250), just one step ahead of Mohamed Mamouni (7th, € 14,600). Mike Gerry (8th, € 11,647) was the first player to hit the rail at the final table.

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