Published on November 9th, 2021 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


A day at the 2021 WSOP Main Event with NBA All-Star Tony Parker and Jean-Luc Adam, a World Champion of Poker following by the GGPoker VIP Party at the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub

Tony Parker became the first player to qualify for this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event. Parker punched his qualification ticket when he won a charity event known as the Big Game Poker Tournament that was held last January of 2021 in San Antonio. In that tournament, he beat out 218 players. Long known as a poker enthusiast, Parker got the opportunity to prove that he can play high-stakes cash games.

Over the same day, Jean-Luc Adam, a French expat, who lives in Saint Martin in the Caribbean, defeated Eugene Salomon ramping up $255,623 at the Event #58: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em and ended up to take down the golden bracelet.  

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That is his first bracelet but he has already earned two rings in his career for tournament play up to that point.

He spoke humbly about his passion, how lucky he was to have a cycle of successes he could manage without being impassioned even though he had a cycle of bad luck too, and said that it was unexpected, he could not realize it yet. He thought that it was inaccessible!

For his efforts, the icing on the cake was that it was Tony Parker, an athlete and a person he is fan and admires, who awarded him his bracelet later on.

To end the cerebration and the day, the GGPoker had organized a VIP party at the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Located directly above the elegant and exotic VooDoo Steakhouse, I headed up to the rooftop with Fabien Richard, a French journalist of Poker, who has created a blog called “Au Coeur de Vegas” and who is active on PokerVoyageur, accompanied with David Guay, a professional poker player and creator of the “Until I’m Done” brand and Julien Pérouse, a professional poker player and founder of Step Up Poker.

Header Photo Credit: French Quarter Magazine

About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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