A 23 year old named Olivier Lombard nearly missed out on his biggest poker win ever with a last minute decision not give up on his $2,500,000 Guaranteed Prize Tournament seat at Titan Poker which ended up earning him $500,000 for first place win from Africa.
Titan Poker player Olivier Lombard's weekend trip to Africa nearly ended up costing him half a million dollars in winnings yet thanks to a last minute decision that has changed the course of his life, the 23 year old poker player made it to the final $2,500,000 tournament table on Sunday 7th September 2008, after fourteen hours of non-stop tournament play in the early hours of Monday morning.
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After redeeming a free tournament token to the last $2,500,000 Satellite Olivier the French poker player finished a top five seat winner after quite a story, bearing in mind that he won his seat to the September 7th tournament just four days prior in a qualifying tournament he 'nearly forgot' to play in.
Faced with the last minute choice of whether to reschedule his African holiday or take part in the Titan Poker tournament, Olivier managed to claim his seat at the table on Sunday evening using remote internet access from Senegal.
Olivier Lombard is a Civil Engineer from France and plays at Titan Poker with the username 'axp15' and already has a formidable reputation as a cash game player after a year of play at Titan Poker relatively little was known of his tournament strategy to date.
Oliver made it to the final table on Monday morning, and remembers that he kept the stakes far from his mind and played as rationally as he could make sure to change strategy often during the game, depending on the opponents and the blinds. With Lady Luck also making an appearance at two key points in his tournament and thankfully turned the cards in his favour at the River'.
Olivier finished first from 1596 players, the winner, the 23 year-old Frenchman will return to France half a million dollars richer when he returns home after his African work break
His final words of advice to other online players. 'Never give up’, 'always go for number one. Don't content yourself with just winning satellite seats. Focus on the game, keep the stakes out of your mind, and play your best.'
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