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The Nightly Turbo: World Poker Tour Paris High Roller, Survivor, and More

Sorel Mizzi

It's Monday, so we're back at it. Over the weekend, Sorel Mizzi added a high-roller title to his already impressive list of earnings. On top of that, we learned a little bit about the cast of the new Survivor series, and more. We're going to share that with you now, so enjoy.

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World Poker Tour Paris High Roller

On Friday, the €15,000 buy-in high roller kicked off at the 2011 World Poker Tour Rendez-Vous à Paris. Among the 36 players who entered was last year's winner, Freddy Deeb, and last year's runner-up, Sorel Mizzi. Would history repeat itself? A €521,100 prize pool was created and €234,495 was reserved for first place.

The Nightly Turbo: World Poker Tour Paris High Roller, Survivor, and More 101
The stacks of Mizzi and Deeb (courtesy of @sorelmizzi)

Mizzi moved into the second day of play as the chip leader, and when five players were left on Sunday, Mizzi tweeted:

Sure enough, it was déjà vu for Mizzi and Deeb, but this time, there was a twist. On a flop of {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} Deeb shipped his remaining stack in the middle holding {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. Mizzi snap-called, tabling {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. The turn and river blanked for Deeb, giving Mizzi the title and the €234,495 first-place prize.

WPT Paris High Roller Results

1Sorel Mizzi€234,495
2Freddy Deeb€130,275
3Nichlas Matsson€78,165
4Jerome Zerbib€52,110
5Christopher Lastiwka€26,055


The Tribe Will Speak — Eventually

Survivor: South Pacific kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT. We're not huge Survivor fans, seeing as how there is nothing about living on an island with little to no food, with people we would probably loathe that's appealing. Regardless of our thoughts on the show, there's a poker aspect to the new season, and that's why you're reading about the reality show in the Nightly Turbo.

One of the 18 Survivor: South Pacific cast members is a bit of a poker player. Jim Rice, or James Rice III if you searching him on Hendon Mob, will be part of the Savaii Tribe this season. In his bio on, his current occupation is listed as a medical marijuana dispenser. Other than working on Wall Street, his personal claim to fame is winning over 40 poker tournaments. We're not sure which poker tournaments he's talking about, probably home games, because his Hendon Mob results only lists five cashes, one of which was a win.

We're just curious if he reached out to Jean-Robert Bellande for tips on surviving.

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UKIPT Dublin Update

The PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour kicked off on Thursday last week. Through two Day 1 starts, the field attracted 718 players, creating a prize pool of €348,230. Among the field were notables, Dermot Blain, Liv Boeree, Rebecca McAdam, David Vamplew, Andy Black, Dominik Nitsche, and Jude Ainsworth.

McAdam finished in 55th place (€975) and Dermot Blain bowed out in 16th (€2,050). PokerStars player Jason Tompkins went into the final table with the chip lead but could not hang on to it. He was eliminated in fifth place. PokerStars qualifier Joeri Zandvliet ended up walking away with the €83,500 first-place prize when he rivered the {5-Diamonds} holding {a-Spades}{5-Clubs} and bested Chuck Fabian's {a-Hearts}{9-Clubs} on a board of {8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}.

To get a look at all of the action from the UKIPT, check out the PokerStars Blog.

Partouche Poker Tour Begins

The Partouche Poker Tour kicked off on Monday in Cannes, France, at the Palm Beach Casino. The €8,500 buy-in event boasted a guarantee of €4 million. A number of well-known pros showed up for the event, including Vanessa Selbst, who won the event last year, Jean-Robert Bellande, Arnaud Mattern, Phil Laak, and Men Nguyen.

We're not fluent in French, so it's difficult to bring you updates, because it's all in French, but this video is an interview with Phil Hellmuth and half of it is in English, so bon appétit!

Phil Hellmuth : "gagner le Partouche Poker Tour" by partouchepoker

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