WPT Heads Back To Paris

Bruno Fitoussi

After a four year absence, the World Poker Tour is headed back to France.

The WPT announced late Friday it will be returning to one of its premier European tour stops, the WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de France  May 8-13, 2010.

The €10,000 main event will be filmed for worldwide television broadcast.

"The Aviation Club de France is delighted to welcome back a WPT event in Paris,” said Bruno Fitoussi, poker consultant for the club. “The WPT Grand Prix de Paris is guaranteed to be a high-class tournament in the highlights of the international poker scene and will, for sure, attract players from all around the world."

The Aviation Club de France is located in the heart of Paris on the Champs-Elysées and last hosted a WPT event in 2006. At the time, 232 players entered creating a €2,204,000  prize pool. Dane Christian Grundtvig won, taking home a €712,500 first-place prize.

The club itself was created in 1907 by a group of aviators whose achievements include some of the most remarkable moments in aviation history. It is famous for hosting some of the biggest and best cash games in Europe.

Satellites for the WPT Grand Prix de Paris main event will begin at Aviation Club on May 1. The schedule of events also includes €20,000  High Roller tournament following the main event.

When the WPT was bought by PartyGaming in the fourth quarter of 2009, officials promised to expand the tour, particularly in Europe.

The WPT has also commited to return to the Aviation Club de France in early 2011, although that event will not be televised.

Schedules and additional details are available on the WPT website.

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