American TV producer Matt Salsberg stormed to victory at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris Saturday night, defeating an elite roster of pros to win his first major poker title.
Salsberg, who’s best known for his work on Weeds and Entourage, snagged €400,000 for the victory, more than doubling his lifetime live tournament earnings.
Salsberg defeated WPT and WSOP winner Theo Jorgensen of Denmark heads-up. Jorgensen pocketed €264,600 for second but was denied a repeat victory at the Grand Prix de Paris, having won this event in 2010.
Also securing final-table finishes this weekend were high-stakes pro Philipp Gruissem, WSOP bracelet winner Timothy Adams, EPT Season 8 Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania and UKIPT winner Fabian Quoss.
Here are the full final table results from the 2012 WPT Grand Prix de Paris:
- 1: Matt Salsberg - €400,000
- 2: Theo Jorgensen - €264,600
- 3: Philipp Gruissem - €170,065
- 4: Timothy Adams - €125,775
- 5: Mohsin Charania - €95,615
- 6: Fabian Quoss - €75,765
Matt Salsberg Starts with Lead, Finishes with Victory
Television producer Matt Salsberg’s poker career has been steadily gaining momentum these past few years but it took a massive leap forward with his victory in Paris.
The €400k payday brings his career live tournament total winnings to roughly $930,000.
Salsberg began yesterday’s final table with the chip lead and despite losing it a few times along the way he was able to clinch a win at the toughest WPT final table in recent memory.
Theo Jorgensen narrowly missed a second victory at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris.
The finale began with a massive double-up by former Grand Prix de Paris winner Theo Jorgensen. Suriving a preflop all-in with pocket aces against Timothy Adams’ A-K, Jorgensen moved into the chip lead and crippled the Canadian from Burlington, Ontario.
But the Canuck wouldn’t be the first player out.
German pro Fabian Quoss started the final table as the shortstack and had no trouble putting his stack into play, open-shoving when he picked up A-K. The other German at the table, Philipp Gruissem, had no trouble calling when he looked down at pocket queens.
Matt Salsberg took back the chip lead, winning a big pot from Theo Jorgensen, and Timothy Adams managed to fight his way back from the brink with two quick double-ups, first winning with A-Q against Gruissem’s Q-T, and then getting lucky with A-4 against Mohsin Charania’s pocket jacks.
Charania was then dealt a one-two punch by Theo Jorgensen and Matt Salsberg. Charania lost a flip with A-Q against pocket tens before going broke with K-Q all-in preflop against A-J.
Next out was Timothy Adams, who three-bet all-in with A♣ 8♣ against Philipp Gruissem who called with A♠ J♠.
Gruissem’s success was shortlived, however, as he soon found himself short and all-in with pocket jacks against Jorgensen’s K♦ 9♦. Jorgensen flopped a king and that was enough to send Gruissem packing in third place.
The heads-up match was all Jorgensen with the Dane looking like a lock to become the first player to win the same WPT event twice. Jorgensen chipped away at Salsberg and everything was on track when the American found himself all-in with A-4 to Jorgensen’s A-5.
Salsberg was able to flop a four, however, and go on to get lucky again and take the lead shortly after with A-T all-in preflop against A-Q.
The final hand saw Theo Jorgensen all-in with Q-T against Salsberg’s pocket queens. The ladies held up and Salsberg had secured his first major title.
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