Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris saw 25 players begin the day all hoping to get their hands on the €633,902 first-place prize. The day ended with eight men left, all guaranteed at least €70,000 and their places at the first WPT event televised by poker-production juggernaut MatchRoom Sports. Leading the way when play concluded in the wee hours of the morning in Paris was Theo Jorgensen.
Jorgensen was steadfast all day with a stack hovering between 700,000 and 1.1 million during the six-hour final table bubble. However, when play became nine-handed and two tables were joined for the first time, it was Joregensen who ensured that players would not have wait another six hours before the final bust-out of the night.
In a preflop raising war of attrition, and after getting four-bet to 500,000 by Ilan Boujeneh, Jorgensen decided to go all-in with pocket jacks, which were in great shape against Boujenah's . There would be no suck out for Boujenah on the hand, as the board rolled out eliminating the young Frenchman in ninth place, earning him close to €60,000. Jorgensen, on the other hand, raked the huge pot right into his chip bag — just under 2.7 million chips.
While the play from ten to nine took what felt like forever, play was fast-paced during the early afternoon and was certainly a case of the rich getting richer, as the majority of big stacks maintained their stacks while busting the shorter ones.
In a particularly interesting hand involving Arnuad Mattern and Bruno Lopes, Lopes three-bet preflop and Mattern made the call. Both players checked the flop with the hitting the turn. Mattern took this chance to fire a 78,000 bet only to get check-raised all-in by Lopes for almost 200,000 more. After a long tank-session, Mattern finally mustered a call and showed down the , which was well ahead of Lopes' . The river favored Mattern, falling , which vaulted Mattern to just under a million chips.
Among those unable to turn their in-the-money finishes to a final-table finish were Antony Lellouce, PartyPoker Qualifier Andrew Teng, Antony Lellouche, Quinn Sivage, Thomas Neilson and Patrick Bruel.
A large contingency of fans at the Aviation Club were rooting for Bruel, a French celebrity and poker hero in Paris. Unfortunately for his fans, Bruel met his end before the final table, finishing in 12th place. Picked on quite liberally by Mattern and Antoine Amourette, Bruel made his stand with pocket tens on an eight-high board by calling an all-in raise by Boujeneh who was bluffing with . The turn was the and the river was a very unlucky , which sent the superstar to the rail.
Here's how the final table stacks up:
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
Players will have an extended break before the final table when play begins again on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Aviation Club de France where a WPT Grand Prix de Paris champion will be crowned. There will also be a €20,000 high-roller event that begins on Saturday. PokerNews will be your go-to-source for all the action of both events, so be sure to keep your browser locked right here.
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