175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Gregory Armand

France

Platinum Pass Experience - Aix-en-Provence

Gregory Armand won his Platinum Pass in the casino in Aix-en-Provence, France, which he lists as one of his two home towns. The 42-year-old has dual citizenship in France and the United States, calling Santa Barbara, Calif., home when he’s not in Europe.

This globetrotting (he calls himself “Adventure101” on Twitter) is also represented in his poker results, with a multitude of colourful European flags nestling between the Stars and Stripes on his Hendon Mob report. Most eye-catching are a victory in a WCOP Circuit event in Harrah’s Cherokee, North Carolina, which was worth more than $33,000, and a 14th-place finish, from a whopping 2,774-entry field, at the EPT National in Barcelona in August. That earned Armand more than $38K.

It’s lucky for Armand that he runs well in Barcelona as that’s where he’ll be heading next August for the PSPC and the biggest event of his career. He took up poker in 2003 and mainly played sit and gos online before Black Friday in 2009. Since then he’s been a regular in small live tournaments across the world. He says he’s an old friend of the Canadian tournament regular Ari Engel, and admires the high rollers Stephen Chidwick and Bryn Kenney from afar.

He’s an entrepreneur/investor by trade, and used to work for UBS, but lists swimming, basketball and yoga as his hobbies, so it’s not all cut and thrust. He still looks back most fondly on his days running France’s only NBA card shop when he was only 17, a fascination with basketball that led to him translating Michael Jordan’s autobiography into French for Harper Collins.

We’ve seen a few basketball players at the poker tables, so maybe there’s a chance Armand can go head to head in Barcelona next year.

Armand won the Platinum Pass experience to win his passage. Was he happy? Click and judge for yourself.