Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Pierre Neuville was born and bred in Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium. He is the oldest player at the final table at age 72. Ever since online poker became possible less than two decades ago, teenagers have been able to play more hands of poker than the likes of Neuville have played their entire lives. However, Neuville has managed not to be run over, having the experience that comes with playing since 1957.
Neuville has never considered himself a professional poker player. He designed a board game, Eddy Merckx, in 1969 and started a toy company that he sold to Hasbro in 1982. Pierre was the vice-President at Hasbro for the following ten years before switching to providing personal consulting from 1993 to 2008 when he retired. Two of his more well-known clients were Gary Player and Kevin Costner.
2008 was when Pierre started to play poker frequently, and when interviewed recently by CalvinAyre.com said “…Poker has offered me a third youth, a new future, intense passion, new friends from all over the world and a such an extensive list of new goals.”
His intense passion was first rewarded with his first recorded live cashing coming at the 2007 Belgian Poker Championships, where he came 31st for €5,022. Since then Pierre has cashed a further 85 times according to TheHendonMob.com for a total of $3,176,174 ($1,001,020 from the Main Event Final Table payout). However, he has yet to win a bracelet. He came close with a 2nd place in the 2014 $5K NLHE Six-Handed event for $385,041.
While the WSOP tends to take all the glory, Pierre is most comfortable on the European Poker Tour (EPT) where he has an amazing record of qualifying for 23 consecutive EPT main events via PokerStars Qualifying tournaments. His first EPT Main Event was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where he finished 18th for $48,000.
He continues to play online and his success convinced PokerStars to sign him up as a Team Pro where he plays under his moniker ‘Zoutechamp’.
In preparation for the November Nine final table, Pierre has continued to stick to his regular schedule. He recently travelled to the EPT Barcelona where he said to Pokernews.com, “I came to Barcelona to honor my second family, the EPT, and to enjoy some poker holidays. Every tournament I play is like a vacation for me,”
Playing in a healthy state is an important trait for the modern poker player and Pierre also takes this aspect of his life seriously. He plans his diet and workout plans carefully and it is paying off with a visiting specialist confirming his healthy habits and poker have improved his memory and reduced his ‘true age’.
Pierre sits fourth in chips at the final table. If he goes into the Main Event, he will become the oldest champion at 72 years young and many believe a great ambassador for the game of poker due to his love for both the game and travelling to live events.
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Pierre Neuville busted in 7th to earn $1.2 million.