LIVE REPORTING FINAL TABLE AT WORLD POKER TOUR® GRAND PRIX DE PARIS
Amourette hot to trot as World Poker Tour battle taken to the race-track!
(PARIS) May 15, 2010 – ‘Shuffle up and deal’ has been called for the final table of the World Poker Tour® Grand Prix de Paris Main Event at Aviation Club de France.
Live updates from the eight handed final table, including videos from WPT Live Updates hostess Jacque Williams can be found at World Poker Tour
The finale of the €10,000 main event is being filmed for worldwide television broadcast and started with a healthy total of 247 runners and total prize pool of €2,347,797. There are now eight players left, while 27 players in total make the money. First place scoops €633,902, a $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship, and the coveted title of WPT Champion, while every final table participant is guaranteed at least €70,000.
The second televised event, the ACF’s €20,000 No Limit Hold ‘em High Roller Freeze Out tournament is also getting underway shortly and can be followed on live updates. Amongst those set to lock horns are Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Bruno Fitoussi, Sorel Mizzi, Freddy Deeb and Andrew Feldman. The televised final table takes place on Sunday.
In a first in World Poker Tour history, there was a very special event on Friday evening for the participants of the final table of the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris Main Event. Le PMU et le Cheval Français and ACF generously invited the players for a very special night of trotting at the superb state of the art Vincennes horse racing track. The main race, the ‘Finale du WPT Grand Prix de Paris’, took place at 8:48pm CET. At 10.30pm, however, the real fun started – all eight final table players took part in their very own televised horse and cart race!!
The winner on the night was France’s Antoine Amourette, who dramatically passed Bruno Fitoussi, who joined the final table participants in the race, on the line. ‘This was a brilliant experience, I hope it bodes well for the final table,’ said the hot to trot Frenchman. All round Danish action man and chipleader Theo Jorgensen played a key part in rounding up the players for the challenge. ‘What a brilliant race and what a way to to welcome PMU to the world of poker ! I am glad I beat Arnaud Mattern. He may have been voted the sexiest poker player in France but all that face saw was the back of my horse!’
Coverage of the race will be released on the internet soon. On a fantastic night, courtesy of Le PMU et le Cheval Français, there were a fair share of winners and losers. Swedish final table participants Jimmy Ostensson and Per Linde saw their gamble on ‘Swedishman’ fail, while the rivalries and banter between the final table participants were taken to a whole new level.
WPT Grand Prix de Paris – presented by PartyPoker.fr – final table
Seat 1: Mickael Guenni -- 538,000
Seat 2: Theo Jorgensen -- 2,693,000
Seat 3: Antoine Amourette -- 489,000
Seat 4: Per Linde -- 584,000
Seat 5: Jimmy Ostensson -- 436,000
Seat 6: Nourredine Aïtaleb -- 810,000
Seat 7: Fabrice Touil -- 1,183,000
Seat 8: Arnaud Mattern -- 678,000
Theo Jorgensen has cashed twice before on the World Poker Tour for a total of $33,000. Both cashes were way back in season three, with a best finish of 22nd at the 2005 World Poker Open. The remaining seven have not cashed on the World Poker Tour before. France has a strong contingent at the final table, with Arnaud Mattern fifth in chips. In a dramatic day four there were large swings for the majority of players but Jorgensen’s stack was consistent throughout. The bubble for the final table stretched late into the night, lasting six hours, with the unfortunate bubble boy being Ilan Boujeneh.
World Poker Tour announcer Mike Sexton said: ‘I would like to wish all the players the very best of luck for Saturday’s final table. With a significant chip lead, Theo has to start as favourite but there is a long way to go. I have played in Paris enough times and know you don’t underestimate the French contingent. The racing event sounds brilliant, I would like to thank Le PMU et le Cheval Français and ACF on behalf of everybody at the World Poker Tour.’
Amongst those who made the money included French actor and poker Patrick Bruel, Antony Lellouche and Russia’s Alexander Kravchenko. Bruel had a large supporting contingent on the rail and they were visibly deflated when he departed. Those who have hit the rail in this WPT 2010-2011 season kick-off event before the money included WPT Champions Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Guillaume Darcourt, Tommy Vedes, Freddy Deeb, Thomas Bichon, and Surinder Sunar (who took down this event in 2004), as well as other top names such as, John Juanda, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Aussie Millions champion Tyron Krost, Sorel Mizzi, Isabelle Mercier, Ludovic Lacay, Roger Hairabredian, David Steicke, Casey Kastle, Roberto Romanello, Andrew Feldman and Remy Biechel. Coverage of the event is produced by Matchroom Sport.
For more information and the complete WPT tour schedule, visit World Poker Tour
ABOUT AVIATION CLUB DE FRANCE
Home of the best cash games in Europe, Aviation Club de France is located in the heart of Paris on the Champs-Elysées, known as ‘the Most Beautiful Avenue in the World.’ The Aviation Club de France was created in 1907 by a group of aviators whose achievements conjure the most remarkable moments in aviation history. In addition to elegance and sophistication, the Club offers a variety of table games including Baccarat, Poker Black Jack (Parisian Style), Punto Banco, Caribbean Stud Poker and more.
ABOUT WORLD POKER TOUR
World Poker Tour (WPT) is one of the most recognized names in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom h the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high stakes poker tournaments. WPT is now broadcast globally in 150 countries and is currently filming its all-new eighth season for broadcast on Fox Sports Net’s national sports network in the United States. WPT also offers a unique online subscription and sweepstakes-based poker club, ClubWPT.com, which operates in 38 states across the U.S. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership and sponsorship opportunities. WPT is a subsidiary of PartyGaming Plc. For more information, see World Poker Tour
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