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Fabrice Touil Leads After First Day

After the first day of the Legends of Poker 2013 Main Event Fabrice Touil of France leads the chip count. It was quite an impressive day for Touil as he took in 272,400 chips.

    LOS ANGELES, CA, April 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fabrice Touil, after the first day of the Legends of Poker 2013 Main Event of France leads the chip count. It was quite an impressive day for Touil as he took in 272,400 chips. While the tournament is far from over, he looks poised to make a deep run as he had a very good showing in the initial stages of the Main Event.

The tournament is taking place at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens California. Just behind Touil Were the Americans Ryan A. Goindoo with 269,000 chips, Barry Hutter with 212,400 chips, and Nick Phoenix with 207,700.

Currently there are two more days left in the tournament. When asked about his first day, FabriceTouil stated, "It was a very good start to the tournament, but there is still a lot of poker to play."

Touil is accustomed to playing in big games. His biggest win to date was in the 2012 Partouche Poker Tournament where he finished 6th place and earned EUR223,498. The next two days will decide whether or not he can score a victory at the Legends of Poker Main Event.

"This is a great event and one that I would like to win, there are many great players here," said Touil. "I like my chances, but I always have to respect my opponents."

The second day is scheduled to take place on September 1st, 2014 and the finals are scheduled to take place on September 4th, 2014.

Other notable events that are taking place in the Legends of Poker Tournament are the No Limit Hold'em Deepstack event with a guaranteed prize of $50,000, the Open Face Chinese Poker Event, and the World Poker Tour Ladies Night event taking place on September 5th, 2014 that has a $25,000 champion's seat.

The tournament has been a massive success so far and has continued to help the sport grow in popularity. The inclusion of other events has brought an important amount of exposure to a sport that is usually dominated by men. The event was also heavily streamed over the internet, which provided ease of access for many poker fans who wanted to catch their favorite pros in action.

Stay tuned for tomorrow as the next exciting round of the Legends of Poker Main Event 2013 will take place and the tournament will be one step closer to crowning its champion.

Born in Paris, Fabrice Touil grew up in Paris with his mother and father. His mother looked after their household while his father worked at their family business, a clothing store located in Paris. Fabrice often helped his father in the store when needed, but his main focus at the time was in competitive sports. He played tennis and soccer for many years and realized over time that his competitive drive was a large source of encouragement to keep at it. His parents often pushed him and motivated him to work hard and seek out his dreams. Touil took this encouragement to heart and has since focused his passion on his current career of choice as a professional poker player.

Taking on a large task such as learning the ins and outs of poker wasn't easy, but his drive kept him going in the early years. Eventually Fabrice learned enough where he realized he could actually make a living while doing something he loved when it came to professional poker, and that moment was when his mind was set. Through the wins and the losses, Touil honed his ability to read opponents and work the mathematics behind this popular sport while seeking out success. In the short span of five years (2008-2013), he has been involved in many televised poker tournaments where he competed for some of the top prizes. His greatest feat thus far in the sport is placing 6th at the final table in the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour, winning $281,013. Touil hopes to one day win at the World Poker Tournament and World Series of Poker, but knows the amount of dedication and work to achieve this goal is within him.

While poker is an important part of his life, it isn't the only thing that defines Touil. Fabrice works with various medical research non-profits that are working to find cures for diseases, such as aids, cancer, and parkinson's disease. He is always looking to help people in need wherever they are and knows that he would not be where he is today without the support of others around him that did the same. Touil's other activities include adrenaline pumpers, like swimming with sharks, competitive sports, and running. His father has completed the New York marathon, a feat that Touil also seeks to accomplish at some point in the near future. Asked one word to describe himself, he choses "driven" which with the accomplishments he has so far, nobody could doubt.

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