Emmanuel Pariset, a recreational player who is the manager of a business consultancy, began playing poker online in 2006 and soon after qualified for a small tournament in Edinburgh — at which point he immediately told his friends that he would become the World Champion by the age of 35. Despite the seemingly impossible ambition, and a couple of years out of poker, Pariset has applied himself to the game again recently and is assured the biggest win of his career (at least €53,100) for reaching the final table in Sanremo. It now gives him the bankroll to go to Las Vegas this summer and complete his journey to the top of the world. Typically Pariset is a cash game player — he is a regular at the Aviation Club in Paris — and he has been rewarded for his patience in this tournament. He was a short stack approaching the bubble, at which point he told the media that he was still confident of reaching the final, and has kept his promise after two days of tenacious grinding and a couple of big hands.