Un, deux, trois! Julien Martini entered the 2021 World Series of Poker looking to pad his bankroll and fade the latest variant of the coronavirus. Of course, winning a bracelet was also on the agenda, but you can never truly plan these type of things. Bracelets are super hard to win, even at the WSOP Europe.
Alas, Martini had a chance to win multiple bracelets at the King's Casino in RozVegas this past week and he didn't waste the opportunity to win either of them. He binked both. Martini, who was tenth on the all-time France money winner list, already had one bracelet in his collection. However, after a double-victory this week, he jumped into first place for most bracelets won by a French player. For a brief moment, he had been tied with the legendary Elky for two, but for now, Martini holds the record by himself.
Whenever you win a WSOP bracelet, you want to prove to the world -- along with yourself -- that it was not a fluke victory. The best way to achieve that feat is to win a second one. Because once you have two pieces of hardware, you can drown out the haters that called you a luckbox.
On Monday, Martini snagged his second-career bracelet with a remarkable comeback win in Event #8 €2,500 Short Deck. At that point, he joined Elky and Roger Hairabedian as the only two-time bracelet winners from France. A couple of days later, Martini went the distance once again with an impressive victory in Event #12 €2,000 8-Game. With a mixed-games victory, Martini passed both Elky and Hairabedian, which no one expected would happen this series, especially Martini.
2021 WSOP Event #12 €2,000 8-Game attracted 61 players. Only the top ten places paid out of the 107K prize pool.
Grzegorz Wyraz bubbled the final table in seventh place. Max Pescatori, Borja Gross, and Roland Israelashvili also went deep and cashed.
The final table of six included Julien Martini, Ole Schemion, Nicolas Bokowski, Mikkel Plum, Symeon Alexandridis, and Artan Dedusha.
The bracelet was down to a fierce battle between Germany and France. German pro Ole Schemion won his first bracelet a couple weeks ago in Las Vegas at the 2021 WSOP at the Rip in the special Hall of Fame Bounty event. He missed out on a second bling when he finished in second place in the 8-Game. Ole Schemion earned €20,960 for a runner-up finish, while Martini cruised to a victory worth €33,910. He won the bracelet, which was his second victory this week, and the third one of his career. He now only needs seven more to tie Phil Ivey, but 13 more to catch Phil Hellmuth.