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Seat 2: Julien Stropoli, 29, originally from Lyon, now living in Sliema - 4,600,000

Julien Stropoli, originally from Lyon in France, moved to Malta earlier this year, at the same time as chip leader Maxime Canevet. He’s always played poker, and played a few big tournaments when he was younger, but he’s only really been taking it seriously for the past two years. He also played Magic: The Gathering semi-professionally, in his youth.

Julien has great praise for this event: “Marvellous welcome, super organization, great buffet, and rake is also good. This is rare.” On his prospects at the final table, he said: “There are 3 short stacks and a lot of ICM. We’ll not really have time to talk about strategy, but I’ll play my game. And I will give everything and do my best tomorrow.”

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