Theo Jorgensen Holds Lead, Wins WPT Paris


May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Danish player Theo Jorgensen joined a prestigious group of winners when he defended his chip leader position entering the final table to take the title and top prize at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris on Saturday. Jorgensen became one of the few winners on both the WSOP and WPT circuits with his victory, picking up a cool €633,000 for overcoming the field of 247 for the €10,000 buy-in tournament.

The final table was set on Thursday with Jorgensen being joined by four French players, former EPT Prague winner Arnaud Mattern, Swedes Per Linde and Jimmy Ostensson. Friday was a scheduled day off, meaning that the final table of eight had a day to prepare for the battle that lay ahead.

Ostensson was the first to depart the Aviation Club de France on Saturday, when his pocket 9s fell to the Aces of Fabrice Touil. Mattern followed him out the door in seventh place as Arnaud Amourette nailed him with pocket rockets, leaving him to collect €82,000.

Nourredine Aitaleb and Touil followed in sixth and fifth, respectively, the former seeing A-J get eliminated by Per Linde’s pocket queens; Touil had Amourette dominated A-8 to J-8, but left the tournament when his opponent hit the Jack for the win.

Mikhael Guenni checked out in fourth place when he pushed all-in with pocket 5s while trying to survive the rising blinds; Jorgensen called with 9s that held up and sent the French player home. Jorgensen then sent Linde off with the €234,000 for his third place finish, setting up a heads-up battle with Amourette.

The heads-up tussle would be short-lived, with Jorgensen prevailing on the third hand. Amourette pushed all-in with K-6 and ran up against his opponent’s A-K. There was a brief glimmer of hope for Amourette when his 6 hit on the river, but it was dashed as Jorgensen paired his Ace on the turn and walked away with the title.

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