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Pierre Neuville

is a recognizable poker hotshot and regular contributor

Poker Score: 164,940

Popularity: 44,475

Contribution: 15,829

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Distinctions
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Fair Play
6
Nerves of Steel
6
Friendly
4
Shark
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Passionate
About Pierre Neuville

Jobs & Achievements

Votes

PokerStars.com,
since Jul 2015
13
European Lifetime Achievement Award,
in Mar 2015
10
PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award, 'This is 50+',
in Nov 2013
6
ONLINE QUALIFIER OF THE YEAR,
in May 2012
6

Latest performances



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The biggest cashes of Pierre Neuville

$1,203,293

Rank: 7 / 6420
Event #68: No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT
Nov 9, 2015
Tournament Results
Event 24: $5000 NLHE WSOP Six Handed
45th Annual World Series of Poker 2014
Rio
Jun 10, 2014

$385,041

2 / 541

5300€ NLHE EPT6 Vilamoura
2009 EPT VI - Vilamoura
Casino Vilamoura
Nov 17, 2009

$384,245

257,681€

2 / 322

Last followers / following

Pierre Neuville Joins 2015 November Nine 4th in Chips but 1st by Seniority, Experience and Winnings

He’s got almost 3 decades in the games industry, a passion for competitive tennis and golf, and a successful poker career: games of all kinds are a recurrent theme throughout Pierre Neuville’s life, which reads like a novel and is likely  to end up on the big screen one day. For now he  will have to content himself with the biggest stage in poker - the 2015 November Nine!

Pierre Neuville: 'Poker makes me younger every year!'

Poker beginnings and business career

Born in 1943, Pierre Neuville comes from the region of Charleroi in Belgium. He started playing poker in 1957 and indulged his passion for the game throughout his six years at Universite libre de Bruxelles (1963-1969), when he would play tirelessly for up to 20 hours a day!

In 1969 Neuville created a board game named after the famous cyclist Eddy Merckx and started a toy company. It would become very successful in the 1970s and was eventually bought by Hasbro, one of the world's largest toy makers. Pierre Neuville worked for Hasbro for about 10 years after 1982, during which time his official position and responsibilities as Vice President meant he could not even set foot in a casino.

1993 marked  a new beginning - Neuville started a new business as personal consultant to Belgian table-tennis player Jean-Michel Saive. Sharing a passion for golf, they played regularly and it was through golf that Neuville met and became friends with two of his other star clients and friends: Gary Player (considered one of the best golfers of all time),  and Kevin Costner. We will probably have to wait for Neuville’s memoirs to find out exactly what his work involved but it sounds intriguing :) Player has been reported as saying, ‘Pierre has become a friend and has gotten me out of situations of which I dared not speak even to my lawyers, I owe him immensely’.

 

Retirement and professional poker

When he was 45, Pierre decided to pursue an old dream and to try and become a seniors tennis champion. He came fourth in the Belgian Championship but damaged his hip badly while training. This later caused a fracture (during a golf tournament!) and a series of unsuccessful operations that ultimately led to his transition to professional poker in 2008:

During that time I told my wife: If I survive this, I stop everything I do and I'm going to play poker. She thought I was crazy. We were married for twenty years and she had never seen me playing cards.

Neuville’s first recorded live cash was from the Belgian Poker Championship in 2007, and his first international tournament was the Main Event in the European Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January 2008. He finished 18th for $48,000 and that started his professional poker career - 'it started my bankroll, and my bankroll’s never disappeared since then'.

 

World Record

After that cash in the PCA, armed with patience, determination and a pile of notes, Neuville attacked the online satellites and went on to set a record considered unbeatable by most: he qualified online for 23 consecutive EPT Main Events. In 2012 this remarkable feat earned him the Online Qualifier of the Year Award from the European Poker Tour, as well as a new nickname on PokerStars (where he is the Team Pro doyen) - ‘The Serial PokerStars Qualifier’.

Photo © PokerStars/Neil Stoddart

If you are curious how he achieved it, read Neuville’s exclusive series of articles for PokerListings about his strategy and ‘secrets’ (spoiler: ‘there is no secret!’).

 

Serial Qualifier and Serial Runner-Up

In the past 7 years on the live circuit, Neuville has accumulated the impressive $2,188,459 in tournament winnings, yet a major title remains elusive.

Before the 2015 WSOP and his now guaranteed minimum 9th place prize of $1,001,020, Neuville’s top three six-figure cashes were all earned from runner-up finishes: two in EPT Main Events from Vilamoura (2009) and Copenhagen (2012), and one in last year’s 45th Annual World Series of Poker, when he finished second in the $5,000 buy-in Event 24 for $385,041.

He has another two 2nd places in EPT events - from UKIPT London 2014 and from EPT Barcelona in 2011.

And to top it all, Neuville ranks second in the Belgium all-time ranking by live tournament earnings. 

 

The best is still to come!

In March 2015, Pierre Neuville received the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker at the European Poker Awards. In his prophetic acceptance speech Neuville joked about having unfinished business as he never seems to win and is always runner-up.

‘I’m sorry to tell you but it’s not achieved yet. The best is still to come!’

 

And surely the best is now a fact, whatever happens in November. Neuville has achieved every poker player’s dream as one of the finalists in the WSOP Main Event.

He is guaranteed his biggest career cash even if he goes out 9th, and should he add another runner-up finish to his resume, the prize money ($4,469,171 for 2nd place) would be enough for him to overtake Davidi Kitai and top the Belgium all-time earnings ranking!

Pierre Neuville may come to the final table fourth in chips, but leads by seniority and popularity, as well as by live tournament experience and winnings! We wish him the best of luck!

Sources and links:

http://www.rankinghero.com/en/players/17443/Pierre.Neuville/stats.html

Pierre Neuville - Stats - Ranking Herowww.rankinghero.com

http://www.pokerstars.be/fr/blog/team_pokerstars/2013/pierre-neuville-limprobable-parcours-du-140968.shtml


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Published by @Annie RKH July 16, 2015

 and in November 

GL !

Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 19th place finish in the 2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker Event 52: $3000 NLHE event on Jun 30, 2016 at Flamingo Hilton added $16,536 to your total earnings!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 57th place finish in the 2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker Event 35: $5000 NLHE Six-Handed event on Jun 21, 2016 at Flamingo Hilton added $7,960 to your total earnings!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 15th place finish in the 2015/2016 HPO Championship $2500 NLHE event on Jun 23, 2016 at The M Resort Spa and Casino added $16,986 to your total earnings!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 196th place finish in the 2016 Goliath Phamous Poker Series $600 NLHE USD600K GTD event on Jun 11, 2016 at Planet Hollywood added $872 to your total earnings!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 333rd place finish in the 2016 Goliath Phamous Poker Series $600 NLHE USD1 Million GTD event on Jun 4, 2016 at Planet Hollywood added $1,046 to your total earnings!
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Congrats on your 2nd place, Pierre Neuville! Your result in the 2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker Event 10: $1500 NLHE Handed event on Jun 8, 2016 at Flamingo Hilton increased your total earnings by $213,837!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 35th place finish in the 2016 WPT Amsterdam $3696 NLHE event on May 10, 2016 at Holland Casino added $7,068 to your total earnings!
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Well played, Pierre Neuville! Your 52nd place finish in the event on at added $2,475 to your total earnings!
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GG !

Congrats on your 3rd place, Pierre Neuville! Your result in the 2016 WPT National - Brussels Event 7: €2,200 bwin.be No Limit Hold'em - WPT National High Roller event on Feb 27, 2016 at Grand Casino Brussels Viage increased your total earnings by 26,650€!
Track your performance and keep it up!

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