Matt Salsberg captures WPT Grand Prix de Paris title

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 16, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

A total of 228 entrants had been reduced to just six by the time the final table of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Grand Prix de Paris Main Event began on Saturday. The six players who took their seats at the Aviation Club in Paris to play for the €400,000 first-place prize all had impressive resumes, and with the chip-counts fairly even from top to bottom it truly was anyone’s tournament.

The chip-leader heading into the final table was US poker player Matt Salsberg, who has built-up an impressive resume playing mainly in smaller preliminary tournaments around the US, but has also proven his skill at major events like the WSOP and WPT events as well. Salsberg is also an executive producer on the hit Showtime show “The Weeds”. Joining Salsberg were a pair of German poker pros in Fabian Quoss and Philipp Gruissem, online star Mohsin “ChicagoCards” Charania, Danish poker pro Theo Jorgensen, and 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Tim “tim0thee” Adams form Canada.

Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts heading into the final table:

* Seat 1: Matt Salsberg — 1,757,000

* Seat 2: Philipp Gruissem — 776,000

* Seat 3: Theo Jorgensen — 1,169,000

* Seat 4: Fabian Quoss — 570,000

* Seat 5: Timothy Adams — 1,198,000

* Seat 6: Mohsin Charania — 1,435,000

Salsberg got very lucky during his heads-up duel with Theo Jorgensen, at one point being all-in for tournament life holding A/4 to Jorgensen’s A/5, and while the pot would likely be split a fortuitous 4 on the flop would see Salsberg double-up and take a commanding chip-lead in the match. Salsberg would finish off Jorgensen holding QQ to Jorgensen’s Q/T, collecting his first major title and denying Theo his second WPT victory in Paris.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the WPT Grand Prix de Paris:

1. Matt Salsberg — €400,000

2. Theo Jorgensen — €264,600

3. Philipp Gruissem — €170,065

4. Timothy Adams — €125,775

5. Mohsin Charania — €95,615

6. Fabian Quoss — €75,765

The WPT has quickly moved on to an event in Malta where Day 1a of the Main Event got underway on Sunday, and it’s likely many of the players from the WPT Grand Prix de Paris will be in attendance. Last year Matt Gianetti won this event in between his WSOP Main Event run. The Season X WPT Malta tournament was also the first WPT tournament to use a reentry format, something that has caught on like wildfire in the poker world over the past year.


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