Maxime Canevet is from Paris but lives in Sliema (Malta). He started playing poker 11 years ago when he was 18 in the big gambling clubs (cercles de jeu) in Paris. He’s only just become a poker pro in February. He admits he wasn’t really good before arriving in Malta but is bit better now that he could focus on working on his game.
Canevet previously worked in marketing for 7 years but had had enough and wanted to change of life. Now he spends 100% of his time playing poker almost only online (maximec25). His best result online was winning a High Roller on Winamax for €13,500
He’s also a big fan of baseball and played for 5 years. He also likes tennis, movies, and art (exhibitions, contemporary art).
As for the tournament Canevet says he had some luck to start Day 3 when he was down to 12BB then had AA vs AT, doubled to 28BB, and right after had QQ vs JJ. He then went up to 70BB. Says Maxime:
“There are some very good players in the field, but as they have between 20 and 40BB they don’t have much room to play, so they can’t really exploit their skills. And I can play my hands easily.
“It’s a top-notch atmosphere, better than the DSO in September. Top organization for such a tournament with more than 3,000 players. Floor and dealers very helpful. Structure is also good with the levels of 60 minutes you have time to play. Dinner offered is also something cool. Nothing bad to say, everything is great.
“It’s not only the prize and the final table, it’s a superb experience overall with this great atmosphere. When you play live you want to play tournaments like this one.”
About the final table he says:
“I’ll have to work a bit on the ICM with my friends. Will keep going, but will have to be careful as there are at least 3 good players. Now I will play as usual, with my weapons. First final table for me. It will be a good test and it will be good. (…) It will also be fun to play against Julien. We’ll have fun.”