Remi Castaignon, 29, began the final table of the EPT Deauville main event with 9.9 million chips, which was more than double what his closest player had and about five times what the other players had. However, things changed drastically only half an hour after play began...
Castaignon was up against Enrico Rudelitz on the board Q63T4. Rudelitz went all-in on the river and there was more than 6 million chips in the pot. Castaignon tanked for several minutes until the clock was called on him. Castaignon said he would match the bet. Rudelitz showed a set of queens and Castaignon only had a pair of pocket fives. A hero called failed.
Although the Frenchman had a lost a great chunk of his stack, he continued like nothing happened and, eventually, made it to heads-up against Walid Bou Habib (picture), a PokerStars qualifier from Lebanon who was ranked second when the final table kicked off.
Remi Castaignon had about 14 million vs Bou Habib's 8.6 million when the match started and remained in front throughout the match. This is how the final hand was played out:
Walid Bou Habib opened to 325k and Castaignon raised to 1,025,000. Habib considered his options for a few minutes before he shoved for 6,285,000. Castaignon asked for a count and was informed that it was about 1/3 of his remaining stack. Castaignon made the call holding 33. Habib flipped over k8.
The flop came down 645 giving both players a straight draw. The turn was the 10 and left Habib with only 1 remaining card to save his tournament life. The river was the A and Castaignon took home the approximately 12 million pot, the title, a glittering Slyde watch and €770,000! Walid Bou Habib, on the other hand, seemed really happy with his second place finish worth €475k!
Remi Castaignon didn't bounce that much after losing a big pot and he managed to keep heading the tourney until the final HU, which he won fairly. This final hand had some risks, that may be why he asked for the count of chips before deciding to call the opponent's all-in. Perhaps if things would have the chance to become even if he happens to lose with that 33 he wouldn't have called that all-in... but he sure must be glad he did it!!!