TV Producer Matt Salsberg Leads WPT Paris Final Table

Matt Salsberg
Matt Salsberg hunts the biggest poker score of his life in Paris tomorrow.

Television writer and producer Matt Salsberg is leading elite players like Philipp Gruissem, Theo Jorgensen and Mohsin Charania as the WPT Grand Prix de Paris preps for a final table tomorrow.

Salsberg, who’s better known for writing and producing the hit television show Weeds than he is for playing poker, is currently sitting in the number one spot.

The other five players at the table represent a gauntlet of poker talent that Salsberg will have to navigate if he wants to get his hands on the €400,000 waiting for first place.

All told over €1.1 million is waiting to be chopped up with the final-table payouts starting at just over €75k.

Day 4 in Paris saw the elimination of a long list of name-brand players, starting with American Andrew Lichtenberger’s early exit in 23rd.

Over the course of the day the WPT said goodbye to French rap legend Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes, 2012 PCA runner-up Kyle Julius, Finnish pro Juha Helppi and WPT Season X Player of the Year Joe Serock before the final table was decided.

Here are the final table chip counts:

  • 1: Matt Salsberg - €1,575,000
  • 2: Mohsin Charania - €1,435,000
  • 3: Timothy Adams - €1,198,000
  • 4: Theo Jorgensen - €1,169,000
  • 5: Philipp Gruissem - €776,000
  • 6: Fabian Quoss - €570,000

Weeds Producer Leads Stacked Final Table

Matt Salsberg has made a lot more money in the entertainment industry than at the poker table but with the volume that the Weeds producer is putting in that could soon change.

So far Salsberg has racked up over $400k in live tournament earnings, the highlight by way of a 70th-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event worth $108,412.

Mohsin Charania
Mohsin Charania is second in chips.

Salsberg can best that tomorrow if he finishes in fifth place or better.

Salsberg is looking for his second cash on the World Poker Tour and his first live result at a tournament outside of the United States.

Second in chips is esteemed online and live pro Mohsin Charania. The man known as chicagocards1 has made millions playing online and scored his first major live win earlier this year when he took down the EPT Grand Final for over $1.7 million.

Timothy Adams is third in chips and, just like Charania, is riding the momentum of a break-out win after picking up his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas this summer.

Denmark’s Theo Jorgensen is in fourth heading into the final table and is looking to repeat his 2010 victory in this event when he defeated local French player Antoine Amourette for €633,902.

Philip Gruissem, who finished Days 2 and 3 of this tournament as chip leader, is sitting in fifth place and is looking to put the high-stakes cash-game skills for which he’s known to work at tomorrow’s finale.

Rounding out the final six is German Fabian Quoss. While not exactly a household name in North America, Quoss has been crushing the European circuit since 2008.

Quoss has five six-figure scores and over $1.4 million in live earnings.

His biggest result so far was $427k for a second-place finish in the $5k No-Limit event at the 2009 WSOP.

Here are the final-table payouts:

  • 1st: €400,000
  • 2nd: €264,600
  • 3rd:  €170,065
  • 4th: €125,775
  • 5th: €95,615
  • 6th: €75,765
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