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Ivey Takes on Frenchman Nicolas Cardyn

shutterstock_132157205Phil Ivey has been busy on all levels of poker with him picking the Team America hit squad for the up and coming Caesars Cup in the Asia Pacific WSOP, and in the meantime he has been building up a powerful list of pros to join his pro poker website, which is on the brink of release.

Ivey’s latest addition is Frenchman Nicholas Cardyn, who has been a modestly successful European poker player on the circuit over the last 3 years.

Cardyn was first seen on the live poker circuit in 2010 on the Latin American Poker Tour where season 3’s Punta del Este’s Main Event was just about to get underway, and the Frenchman had managed to secure a seat into the $3,500 event. He went strong in the tournament and was finally recognised when he was eventually facing the already well-established poker pro from Argentina, Jose Ignacio Barbero, heads-up on the final table. Unfortunately for Cardyn, his opponent had already cashed in the previous LAPT Main Event in Mar Del Plata in 9th place with plenty of experience to back him up and, so the Argentinian went on to win the heads up match sending Cardyn out as the runner up with $161,550.

This was a massive achievement for Cardyn and the start of his poker career. After the LAPT he went on to gain two more second place tournament cashes in the Belgian Poker Tour in the same year, and since then he has never looked back. He’s cashed in EPT events on the UKIPT in the UK, he took down 3rd place in the 2011 €2,000 San Remo EPT in Italy, which is where he gained his second biggest career cash of €101,600, and he has also more recently cashed in the APT Paris Open of Poker and the WPTN, which were both hosted in his home country’s capital of Paris.

His most recent performances have helped him continue to build up his name on a growing list of poker players to fear. To put a finer point on just how dangerous he is, he just missed out on the final table in last year’s 2012 WSOPE in Cannes, one of the toughest poker tournaments in the world, where he came 11th with €52,416 to take back from his €10,000 Main Event buy-in. Also, just before this he was in the WPT and made showings in the 43rd WSOP in Las Vegas where he cashed in both tournaments he entered.

What a build up to what looks like a promising career for the future of Cardyn, and he’s done it all in just the space of 3 and a bit years while amassing earnings of $730,188 in total. With his already spectacular rise in poker, he has now hit another landmark point in his career as Phil Ivey has recognised the skills of the Frenchman, who currently resides in London, and added him to his team of pro poker instructors.



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