Waxman Locks Down WPT Paris Title

Matt Waxman. Photo: World Poker Tour

American poker pro Matt Waxman sealed his first-ever World Poker Tour title yesterday at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris.

Outlasting a field of 312 runners over six days of play to become the first American to win the prestigious WPT Paris title, Waxman earned $729,886 for his first-place finish.

The chip leader after Day 3, Waxman let his lead slip away over the course of Day 4 and actually headed into the final table fifth out of six in chips.

The gap between him and the leaders however, including final-table chip leader Byron Kaverman, wasn't substantial enough to put him at a real disadvantage.

Shortly after short stack Martin Jacobson busted in sixth, Waxman won a huge pot off Finn Mikko Sundell to regain the lead.

The money went in on a flop of 7 4 9, with Waxman eventually shoving over top of a Sundell re-raise holding 6 5.

Sundell held A K and the turn 7 and river 3 brought no help for him.

Sundell was crippled and eliminated on the next hand, Waxman was up to 3,700,000 in chips and more or less cruised to victory from there.

Waxman adds his first-ever World Poker Tour title to an already impressive resume that includes nine WSOP cashes, a WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah’s Atlantic City last year and an FTOPS Main Event title.

The rest of the final table and their payouts:

1. Matt Waxman: €518,750

2. Hugo Lemaire: €311,100

3. Fred Magen: €211,100

4. Byron Kaverman: €155,550

5. Mikko Sundell €133,330

6. Martin Jacobson: €88,900

Next stop on the World Poker Tour is at the Borgata in Atlantic City from Sept. 18-23 for the Borgata Poker Open.

Last year Dwyte Pilgrim defeated a record 1,042-player field to take the title and $733,802.

More info and live updates on the WPT website here.

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