Julien Martini came back from having a low stack at the final table to win his second bracelet. At the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe, he defeated Philipp Schwab heads-up in Event #8: €2,500 Short Deck Hold’em. Martini takes home €60,009 from a prize fund of €214,130, which was created by a field of 98 players. He won his first bracelet in 2018 as he took home $239,771 in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
After a “tough year for everyone,” Martini said it felt incredible to earn another bracelet. Short deck isn’t for everyone, but Martini rose through the field to finish in the top five in chips after Day 1. Nonetheless, he acknowledges that he continues to learn and improve in whatever game he plays, even short deck.
“It’s difficult to say I know how to play [short deck], and I can’t say that in No-Limit Hold’em or any mixed game because we’re still learning and improving. I felt good the entire tournament. I felt the field wasn’t very familiar with the game. I’m not sure I know how to play — I actually think I don’t know how to play!”
With just 15 spots bought, only 20 players returned to King’s Resort for the last day of the Short Deck Hold’em event. GGPoker Ambassador Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was the unfortunate player that fell short of the money as the bubble approached. Emil Bise was the chip leader by two tables, and he was looking for his second bracelet of the week after winning the 2021 WSOPE Mini Main Event. Martini, double through Martini began the final table as the shortest of the seven players, with Schwab behind only Reto Herrmann at the top of the leaderboard. Martini, on the other hand, gained traction exactly when he needed it. Herrmann chipped up significantly after a double through, then sending Brian Cornell and Hermann to the rail in short succession to establish a commanding chip lead. From then, it was smooth sailing as neither Bise nor Schwab could score a strike on the Frenchman, who sent them both to the rail to secure his second career bracelet.