Brave Effort from Benoit
You would have never heard of Benoit Albiges, nor would you have noticed him all that much, as many players who find it difficult to negotiate the long, cavernous hallways and ballrooms here at the Rio revert to using electric scooters.
The only difference is that unlike those lazy sods, Albiges needs them, because the 32-year-old Frenchman is quadriplegic, having been paralyzed from the neck down after a diving accident 18 years ago. Still, it doesn't stop him and his fiance Valerie from playing poker, and they both love it.
When we asked them during the second break of the day if they were planning on doing anything else apart from gambling here in Las Vegas, their answer was simple: "We're only playing poker!"
Unfortunately though, Abiges is no longer with us after being busted at the hands of Ryan Welch. Benoit got the last of his money into the middle before the flop with , only to run into Welch's , with neither hand improving on the board of .