FPS Lille: How Bart Lybaert kicked off a great week for Belgium


With a win in the UKIPT Bristol this week, the Belgian poker community was celebrating a second win in the space of about a week. Pierrick Tallon was merely carrying on where Bart Lybaert had started in Lille a few days earlier.

Belgian pro Lybaert won the France Poker Series Main Event at the Hotel Casino Barriere in Lille last week, collecting a first prize of €122,000 against a field that was 745 players strong. It came heads-up against French player Jamal Hassani, who was unable to win on home soil. Hassani settled for €85,300.

It was the highlight of a 14 event series which beat the €500,000 guarantee by some way, totalling €715,200 when registration closed for the €1,100, 3 day event. Some 103 players would finish in the money, including Team PokerStars Pro Christophe de Meulder, who earned €6,150 in 17th place.

It was the biggest win to date for Lybaert whose previous biggest win came when he won the Eureka Main Event in the Czech Republic back in 2013, collecting €115,000.

Here's the full result.

FPS Main Event, Lille
Entrants: 745
Places paid: 103
Prize pool: €715,200

1. Bart Lybaert (Belgium) € 122,000
2. Jamel Hassani (France) € 85,300
3. Sonny Franco (France) € 60,100
4. Arthur Conan (France) € 45,600
5. Julien Bottollier (France) € 36,100
6. Romain Peacock (France) € 27,400
7. Romain Morin (France) € 20,100
8. Matti Konttinen (France) € 15,100
9. Eemil Tuominen (France) € 12,100

After events in Monte Carlo and Online, the FPS, now in it's fifth season, now has a break until the final event of the year at Enghien, near Paris, in December. For details of that and all aspects of the Series, go to the FPS homepage.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.