Michel "Mik.22" Abécassis


Michel Abécassis A true godfather of European poker, Michel Abecassis first discovered the world of cards in the form of bridge. After winning multiple national and European titles, Mik turned toward poker in 1997. Specialized in multiple variants, Michel now spends much of his time advising younger players while at the same time continues to perform well in the international circuit.

Born in Oran in 1952, Michel’s was destined to become a medical doctor. However, the emergence of card games in his life left him practicing medicine for only two years, before hanging up his stethoscope and enthusiastically taking-up the game of bridge. Thirteen French national titles and two European titles later, Michel reluctantly had to admit that despite his considerable success in the game, playing bridge would not feed his family.

In 1997, Michel turned to poker. He was quickly seduced by the game and the competition. He read, observed and studied before joining in the ring games at the French Aviation Club (ACF). Mik considers to this day that his past experience playing bridge plays a key role in analysing hands, strategically manoeuvring, taking risk and understanding the statistics that are all a part of the game of poker.

Today, Michel is one of the leading figures in French poker. He regularly ranks high in the competitions organized by the French Aviation Club, has taken on several final tables during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and is one of the first live players to start playing online.

In the middle of the 2000s, as poker became ever more popular and entered into a new mediatized era. Michel naturally became one of the faces of French poker, announcing major tournaments on Eurosport and RTL and later launching the magazine Live Poker. Two years in a row, Michel won a televised poker tournament reserved for celebrity players, The Aces Tournament (Tournoi des As).

In 2008, Michel joined the Winamax Pro Team. When he is not playing in a major live even, Michel can be found at the golf course or on the Pot-Limit Omaha tables on Winamax playing under the user name “MIK.22”.


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  •      Live tournament accomplishments

    02/2016 WPT National High Roller €2,200 - Brussels 4th (€19,950)
    07/2015 WSOP No-Limit Hold’em Bounty $1,500 - Las Vegas 12th ($19,012)
    05/2015 European Poker Tour – Monte-Carlo 73th (€19,175)
    07/2014 Deepstack Extravaganza $1,600 - Las Vegas 3rd (€40,185)
    05/2014 Winamax SISMIX - Marrakech 9th (64,000 Dirhams)
    04/2013 NLHE €2,000 - Berlin 16th (€6,450)
    04/2013 PLO Turbo €2,000 - Berlin 6th (€5,720)
    02/2013 European Poker Tour - Deauville 33rd (€16,000)
    01/2013 Euro Finals of Poker €5,000 - ACF, Paris 3rd (€40,185)
    12/2012 NLHE Turbo €1,000 - Prague Winner (€38,300)
    12/2012 Eureka High Roller €1,850 - Prague 6th (€15,300)
    10/2012 NLHE Turbo €2,000 - San Remo 10th (€6,550)
    09/2012 World Series Of Poker Europe PLO €5,000 - Cannes 7th (€19,606)
    06/2012 World Series Of Poker $1,000 - Las Vegas 107th ($3,269)
    10/2011 World Series of Poker Europe PLO €5,000 - Cannes 13th (€14,147)
    06/2011 World Series of Poker $5,000 - Las Vegas 78th ($9,561)
    09/2010 European Poker Tour - Londres 89th (£9,000)
    04/2010 European Poker Tour - San Remo 27th (€26,000)
    02/2010 Euro Finals of Poker €5,000 - ACF, Paris 3rd (€80,090)
    11/2009 European Poker Tour - Vilamoura 6th (€62,468)
    11/2009 Evian Poker Open - High Roller 5th (€4,000)
    10/2009 European Poker Tour - Varsovie 21th ($10,125)
    09/2009 WSOP-E Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha- Londres 12th (£7,643)
    01/2009 European Poker Tour - Deauville 26th (€12,400)
    09/2008 Partouche Poker Tour - Palm Beach, Cannes 8th (€78,000)
    09/2006 European Poker Tour - Londres 10th (£10,000)
    02/2005 Euro Finals of Poker €5,000 - ACF, Paris 2nd (€40,500)
    02/2005 Pot Limit Hold'em €1,000 - ACF, Paris Winner (€13,700)
    05/2003 WSOP Omaha High-Low $2,500 - Las Vegas 4th ($18,860)
    12/2001 Pot Limit Omaha FF 2,500 - ACF, Paris Winner (FF 87,100)
    09/2001 Pot Limit Dealer Choice FF 2,500 - ACF, Paris 2nd (FF 30,900)
    05/2001 WSOP Omaha High-Low $2,500 - Las Vegas 4th ($26,045)
    03/2000 European Championship FF 30,000 - ACF, Paris 5th (FF 140,700)
    03/2000 Pot Limit Omaha FF 5,000 - ACF, Paris 2nd (FF 121,400)
    09/1999 Pot Limit Omaha FF 3,000 - ACF, Paris 3th (FF 42,250)
    03/1999 Pot Limit Hold'em FF 5,000 - ACF, Paris Winner (FF 200,300)
    03/1999 Pot Limit Courchevel FF 1,000 - ACF, Paris Winner (FF 30,000)
    03/1999 Pot Limit Courchevel/Lowball FF 1,000 - ACF, Paris Winner (FF 43 500)

     

  •      Tournament accomplishments on Winamax

    05/2015 High Roller €300 8th (€747)
    05/2015 Xtase 100€ 7th (€1,315)
    04/2015 Winamax Series XII - Event 27 10th (€631)
    04/2015 HIGHROLLER €300 10th (€631)
    01/2015 Winamax Series - Event 27 5th (€1,395)
    11/2014 XTASE €100 8th (€1,094)
    09/2013 Winamax Series VII – Event 16 2nd (€10,941)
    04/2013 Winamax Series VI - Event 22 4th (€9,507)
    12/2012 XTASE €100 5th (€1,161)
    10/2012 XTASE €100 5th (€1,220)
    02/2012 XTASE €100 8th (€1,021)
    02/2012 XTASE €100 2nd (€3,892)
    10/2011 Winamax Series - Event 3 3rd (€14,625)
    06/2011 Grand Tournoi €1,000 5th (€6,080)
    06/2011 High Roller €300 2nd (€1,820)
    05/2011 High Roller €300 5th (€1,209)
    05/2011 High Roller €300 3rd (€1,260)
    05/2011 Winamax Series - Event 10 3rd (€6,538)
    05/2011 High Roller €300 5th (€806)
    05/2011 High Roller €300 6th (€1,848)
    01/2011 High Roller €300 2nd (€5,093)
    01/2011 XTASE €100 4th (€1,080)
    01/2011 XTASE €100 3rd (€939)
    01/2011 XTASE €100 4th (€1,080)
    10/2010 XTREM €100 7th (€988)
    09/2010 XTREM €100 8th (€829)

 

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