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World Poker Tour on FSN: Grand Prix de Paris Season X — Part II

World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris

Season X of the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports Network continued on Sunday night with Part II of the Grand Prix de Paris from the Aviation Club de France in Paris.

In Part I, the early stages of the €7,500 Main Event were aired, which saw 312 players enter and create a prize pool of €2,252,650. Attention then turned to the final table, where six players were competing for the €518,750 first-place prize. In the last hand of the episode, Martin Jacobson was eliminated after his {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} failed to overcome Mikko Sundell's {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}, making him the sixth-place finisher, good for €88,900.

Here’s how things stacked up at the start of this week’s episode:

WPT Grand Prix de Paris Final Table

2Mikko Sundell2,754,000
3Matthew Waxman1,949,000
4Frederic Magen1,352,000
5Hugo Lemaire1,912,000
6Byron Kaverman1,419,000

First Hand: Mikko Sundell was first to act and opened the action for 70,000 holding {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}, which cleared the field all the way around to Hugo Lemaire in the small blind. He looked down at {q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and came in with a three-bet to 175,000. After the big blind got out of the way, Sundell called and the flop fell {2-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Both players checked, bringing the {4-Spades} on the turn.

This time Lemaire bet 220,000, Sundell called and the {J-Hearts} appeared on the river. Lemaire grabbed some of those stylish T100,000 plaques and put out a bet of 350,000. Sundell thought for a brief moment before making the call, only to muck when Lemaire rolled over his hand. With that 1,605,000 pot, Lemaire took over the chip lead.

What a Flop: In a blind-versus-blind situation, Mikko Sundell raised to 75,000 from the small blind with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}, and Matthew Waxman made the call from the big blind with {5-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. The {4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop was gin for Waxman because he flopped a flush; however, Sundell did hold a draw to the king-high flush, which inspired him to continuation-bet 85,000. Waxman slowly put together a raise to 210,000, which Sundell three-bet to 680,000. Waxman wasted little time in moving all in for 1,857,000, and Sundell made the call.

Waxman was a 77 percent favorite to win the hand, and the {7-Diamonds} on the turn increased that to 87 percent. The {3-Diamonds} river gave Waxman the 3,889,000 pot, which was the biggest pot of the tournament up to that point. It also gave Waxman the chip lead.

Mikko Sundell Eliminated in Fifth Place: After being left with just 27,000, Mikko Sundell committed his chips holding {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} after Byron Kaverman opened for 60,000 with {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}. Frederic Magen and his {3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} came along for the ride from the big blind, and there were two active players to the {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop. Kaverman went to put out a bet, which prompted a snap-fold from Magen, and the cards were turned up.

Sundell only had a 31 percent chance of surviving, which dropped to just 8 percent after the {J-Spades} turn. The {2-Clubs} river was the last card Sundell would see in the tournament. He was eliminated in fifth place for €133,330.

Kaverman Doubles: With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 and 5,000 ante, Byron Kaverman opened for 80,000, was met with a three-bet by Matthew Waxman to 205,000, and Kaverman shipped for 840,000 total. Waxman then made the call.



Kaverman was in great shape to double, especially after the {2-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Clubs} flop. “Chop it up,” Waxman said with a smile, in reference to the runner-runner club possibility. That hope was diminished when the {Q-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, though it did give Waxman outs to another queen. “I don’t want the whole thing,” he chimed, which is good considering the {6-Hearts} river didn’t give it to him. With that, Kaverman doubled to 1,740,000.

On the Road: In the latest segment of On the Road, Vince Van Patten takes a behind-the-scenes look at the city of Paris — by going for a jog. He visited some of the city’s most recognizable sites. During this time, various WPT personalities like Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst and Kimberly Lansing gave their thoughts on their partner in crime. The general consensus? He “lives life by the seat of his pants,” and has a certain amount of Hollywood panache.

Last Hand is a Double: In the last hand of the broadcast, Matthew Waxman looked down at {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and opened for 105,000. Frederic Magen was next to act and moved all in for 670,000 total after looking down at {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Waxman made the call and the two were off to the races.

Waxman was ahead, but the {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop gave Magen a pair of aces. The {10-Clubs} turn was of no consequence, and neither was the {5-Clubs} turn. With that, Magen was up to 1.41 million.

To Be Continued: Who will be the next player to join the prestigious list of Grand Prix de Paris winners and take home the €518,750 first-place prize? The conclusion is set to air on Sunday, March 25, on FSN, so be sure to check your local listings. If by chance you miss it, check back next week for the latest recap of all the action right here on PokerNews.

Past Grand Prix de Paris Champions

1*Christer Johansson€500,000
2David Benyamine€357,200
3Surinder Sunar€679,860
4Roland de Wolfe€479,680
5Christian Grundtvig€712,5
9Theo Jorgensen€633,902

*Called Euro Finals of Poker

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