French tournament pro Aubin Cazals is the definition of a prodigy. At the minimum legal age required to be eligible to play at the WSOP, Aubin picked up a gold bracelet on his very first outing just a few years after learning how to play the game online. Something that many players go a lifetime without winning, the Frenchman claimed victory at the 2012 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed Max event where he also earned $480,564 for the achievement. This ‘mixed max’ tournament was different from the majority of WSOP events on the schedule in that the number of players per table varied from day to day. On day one, play was 9-handed; day two, it was six-handed; for the remaining days, play was heads-up. This format made for a dynamic structure that tested players’ abilities at both short-handed and full-ring play. That Cazals was able to emerge as the champion was a testament to his strength as a player.
In this same year, Aubin also earned himself a WPT title after winning the €750 Irish Poker Championship in Dublin for $45,510. Making it three trophies before the year closed out, Aubin took down a €3,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in Baden for another five-figure score. Proving that he was more than just a No Limit Hold’em talent, the Frenchman established himself as one to watch in the coming years.
2012 was without question Aubin’s strongest year on the live poker scene to date, as he made almost $1,000,000 from tournaments alone. Alongside these live pursuits, Cazals managed to squeeze in some online MTT activity under the screenname ‘Kzouls31’ on PokerStars.fr. His biggest cash came in 2016 after he won his first SCOOP title in the 13-H €250 NL Hold’em event for $56,560.