Though the population in the $10,000 Stud Championship includes multiple bracelet winners with storied careers like Jeff Lisandro and young guns who have been killing the mixed games like Chris Vitch, one of the most feared players in the field is one without a bracelet or any other major tournament win.
French professional Alex Luneau has been playing and winning in some of the biggest cash games online, where he's piled up more than $4.5 million in winnings.
Turning his attention to the live tournament scene, Luneau has been quite active on the World Series of Poker grind in 2017, but he has yet to be rewarded with gold despite a number of deep runs. In the $1,500 Dealer's Choice, Luneau had a big stack on the final day but busted 15th for $4,771.
That prompted Justin Bonomo to announce how fortunate everyone else left was.
"The best player left probably just went out," he announced.
Luneau then narrowly missed the final table in the $1,500 8-Game, finishing ninth for $10,144. He made the final table of the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship but was first to go in eighth for $33,265. He then just missed another final table with a ninth-place finish in $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo Mix.
Luneau's been knocking on the door, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he broke through here for his first bracelet in the $10,000 Stud Championship.