We once featured an in-depth piece on the PokerStars Blog about how mathematically improbable it was that we had yet to have a first double winner on the European Poker Tour.

This was in Season 8, after roughly 85 tournaments. The images of a stunned Victoria Coren-Mitchell in Sanremo were still some way away, and the absence of a double-champ had us scratching our heads almost on an event by event basis.

What made it all the more puzzling was that every single other tour seemed to have no trouble with their “doubles”. The LAPT took no time at all getting Nacho Barbero, while the UKIPT took exactly one season to get its first in Nick Abou Risk.

Now the France Poker Series can claim the same thing.

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the first double winner on the FPS: Iurii Nesterenko

It may have taken four season, but the victory yesterday by Iurii Nesterenko, cemented his place in French poker history.

Nesterenko, 41, from Ukraine, will now be familiar with the attention. Back in April the fourth season of the FPS kicked off in Monaco, alongside the EPT Grand Final. From there the tour staged a Main Event online before arriving in Cannes-Mandelieu on the shores of the Mediterranean. I’m not sure how Nesterenko did online, but playing live on the FPS this year he can’t miss, adding the first prize of €91,000 to the €150,000 won along the coast in Monaco.

Here’s the full result from the final table in Cannes.

France Poker Series Cannes-Mandelieu, October 2-5, 2014
Entries: 582
Prizepool: €558,720
Places paid: 71

1. Iurii Nesterenko (Russia) € 91,000
2. Dominique Franchi (France) € 63,400
3. Silma Macalou (France) € 46,500
4. Mickael Poirier (France) € 36,700
5. Jean-Marie Peyron (France) € 28,200
6. Vladyslav Goal (Ukraine) €21,100
7. Nicolas Guest (France) € 16,200
8. Lado Momčilović (Switzerland) € 13,230


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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