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Canadian Pascal Lefrancois doffed his top for the WSOP winner's photo in 2010, after taking down a $1,500 NLHE event.
Pascal Lefrancois Interview
WSOP Bracelet Winner, 11th WSOP Main Event (2010)
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Q: I understand you’ve moved away from the tournament scene and are playing more cash games these days. Why?
PL: I got a little bit bored playing tournaments. There’s a lot more variance in tournaments. You’re always 28, 30 or 40 big blinds deep and I find in cash games there’s more strategy involved. I feel like I’ve become better in cash games than in tournaments. I feel like the strategy is more basic in tournaments than in cash games. In tournaments, you’re just not deep at all. I also like the lifestyle of playing cash games. When you’re
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playing a tournament you have to stay on your computer for 10 or 12 hours. When I play a cash game, I can play for a few hours. take a break and come back to the grind later.
Q: Are you a better player now than you were in 2010 when you finished 11th in the main event and won your bracelet in a $1,500 NLHE event?
PL: Yes, I have been working on my game a lot the past two years. The players are becoming better and better and the edges are becoming so small that you always have to work on your game. I’ve been working with a couple of friends, including Marc Andre Ladousseur and another good friend, who are both really good at cash games. They’ve really helped me out in becoming a better player. I really feel you have to work on your game to stay at the top levels but, yes, I feel like I’m a way better player than I was in 2010. I just don’t know if I’ll ever be as lucky.
Q: Can you reflect on that summer in 2010? That must have been so special?
PL: Obviously, I’ll remember that summer the rest of my life. It was crazy summer. I was playing with a lot of confidence back then and I really felt like I just couldn’t bust.
Q: You’re from Quebec and, from what I understand, the poker scene in Montreal is amazing?
PL: Yes, it is. It’s a really good spot to grind. I haven’t been to every casino there but I’ve been to Playground Poker Club and it’s a really good place to pay cards. People come from all over, everywhere, places like Toronto, to play because the action is great.
Q: And I know the poker community there is pretty close knit?
PL: I think that’s why a lot of great players come from Montreal. Everywhere I go, and everyone I meet, we really like sharing news ideas, new concepts, and working on our game together. I think that’s the biggest reason why Montreal has produced a lot of great players.
Q: In 2010, you win the bracelet and then finish 11th in the main event. Normally you would have come home as Montreal’s biggest poker celebrity but not that year. What’s your relationship with Jonathan Duhamel and what did you think of his world championship victory?
PL: I didn’t really know him until that year but we played most of the grind in 2010 together. I didn’t know him that well before the main event but I got to know him more and more at the table during the main event. We’re both competitive guys and I was really proud of him when he won. It felt great to have someone from Montreal become world champ.
Pascal Lefrancois Thank-you!