5 French Poker Players to Watch in 2022

Five French Poker Players to Watch in 2022

French Players to Watch

With a return of live poker hopefully on the cards, PokerNews desires to make certain that you are up to date on what players could be producing a splash in events and tours in the course of 2022. Over the subsequent couple of months, we’ll be taking a close look at which poker players we must be searching out for!


Johan “YoH ViraL” Guilbert

Johan Guilbert
Johan “YoH ViraL” Guilbert celebrates Super Higher Roller victory

2021 was genuinely a breakthrough year for popular vlogger Johan “Yoh ViraL” Guilbert and recorded a host of six-figure cashes and a couple of live tournament victories to boot.

His first occasion triumph came in the summer time at the Super Higher Roller Bowl Europe, where he won SHRB Europe Event #two: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a cool $506,250. Guilbert then capped off the year with a second win, which took place at the Globe Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic where he added a further $175,000 to his all-time earnings following a higher-roller win.

In reality, eight of his prime ten best cashes came in 2021 alone and what is even far more impressive that his initial recorded money of the year came in May possibly. From that point, Guilbert won $two,843,592 from reside tournaments which also included his best ever money of $892,811 which was thanks to his second-place finish in the 2021 Planet Series of Poker Europe Main Occasion.

You can follow Guilbert’s poker journey and relive his WSOPE Main Occasion run on his 151K subscriber robust YouTube channel. His presence on the platform earned himself a nomination at the 2022 Worldwide Poker Awards for the Fans Option: Poker Character category, although his outcomes all through the year also got him a spot on the GPI Breakout Player shortlist.

Julien Martini

Julien Martini
Double delight for Julien Martini at the 2021 WSOP Europe

One more player who had a year to don’t forget and will be hoping his run great transfers to 2022 is Julien Martini. The poker all-rounder added two far more WSOP bracelets to his collection following the 2021 WSOPE, where he reigned supreme in Occasion #8: €2,500 Short Deck and Event #12: €2,000 8-Game.

His efficiency at King’s Resort, Rozvadov saw him turn into the most-decorated French player in WSOP history, moving ahead of the likes of poker veterans Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Roger Hairabedian.

Sonny Franco

Sonny Franco

Although Sonny Franco didn’t really hit the highs of Guilbert and Martini, 2021 is still a year Franco can look back fondly on. Across each the WSOP and WSOPE he obtained 13 cashes netting him a total of $229,541. A huge chunk of that came from WSOPE Occasion #13: €10,000 NLH 6-Max, where he fell to fellow compatriot Romain Le Dantec for $145,012.

This previous year was his very best to date with a final sum of $697,435 won from poker tournaments as per The Hendon Mob. With a solid fall/autumn and winter behind him, the world could be Franco’s oyster in 2022.

Arthur Conan

Arthur Conan

There aren’t several superlatives to describe just how great of a year Arthur Conan had in in 2021, which saw him add $1,486,058 to his bankroll. He secured his maiden WSOP gold bracelet, notched a pair of wins on the Globe Poker Tour and similarly to Guilbert, recorded seven of his leading ten cashes all in the space of about eight months.

His initial WPT win occurred in April exactly where he achieved his greatest ever payday, winning the $50,000 Super High Roller at the WPT Seminole Tough Rock Poker Showdown for $733,320.

4 months later he won a additional $466,167 following he was the last player standing in WSOP On-line Occasion #15: $ten,000 Heads Up Championship. He would overcome high stakes crusher Adrian Mateos in the semi-final before besting Latvia’s Aleksejs Ponakovs for the initial-spot spoils.

Conan then sealed his second WPT title of the year in December, walking away $227,500 richer following taking down a $25K high roller event at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Romain Lewis

An additional French player who added their name into the WSOP history books in 2021 was Romain Lewis. With two second-spot finishes and two third-spot finishes at the series in 2018, Lewis ultimately went the distance and came out on leading in Event #76: $10K Super Turbo Bounty for a $463,885 grand prize.

That victory was additional sweet for Frenchman as he outlasted some of the very best players in the world like Stephen Chidwick, Dario Sammartino and Rainer Kempe, who all made the final table.

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