Freddy Deeb came to the final table with a stack second only to that of Sorel Mizzi, and the two of them set the pace of the action for most of the night. When they started playing heads up, there was talk that it would be over within a level, but they made the dinner break still fighting, although Mizzi had developed a 2:1 chip lead. Those cruelly mirrored couple of AK vs. AQ hands, however, brought Mizzi down early this level, and he had to content himself with the runner up spot while Freddy Deeb, a gracious winner, lifts the shiny globe/trophy and takes home, presumably, the pot of cash which was placed as a table centrepiece not long ago.
Some slight hilarity ensued, however, when the French TV hostess congratulated Deeb on finishing second. Take two!
Mizzi (on an incredible tournament run this year) said he was disappointed to finish in second but pleased to have come that far. Deeb just said, "That's the problem with tournaments, whenever you finish, you're disappointed unless you finish first."
He added about Mizzi, "He played great and I got lucky...I'm pretty speechless at the moment!"
Congratulations Freddy Deeb, and thank you to the Aviation Club de France and the WPT for hosting this High Rollers Event, and the Grand Prix de Paris as a whole, in what is undoubtedly some of the most splendid, if idiosyncratic, surroundings available to poker players.