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WPT Paris High Roller: Derwiche Does It
Senegalese player Imad Derwiche weaved his way through a 15-hour final table to take down the World Poker Tour National Series Paris High Roller Wednesday.
The €10k event drew 27 players to the Aviation Club de France in Paris, France, including names like Antony Lellouche, Nicolas Levi, Juha Helppi, Michael Tureniec, Max Lykov and last year's winner Freddy Deeb.
In all, a €256,642 prize pool that would pay only the final four was created.
Two-time 2010 WSOP final tablist and 2009 WSOP Main Event 16th-place finisher Ludovic Lacay was the most well known player to make the final table.
But after his jacks went down to a raggedy ace and ace-king lost to Derwiche's ace-queen, he was dismissed short of the money.
Sayah Bouali built a huge chip lead as the final table wore on and the bubble approached.
Eventually Basil Yaiche bubbled when he shoved top pair, Bouali called and went runner-runner to make a straight and send Yaiche home empty handed.
As the leaders seemed content to be blinded off three-handed, a short stacked Derwiche got it in dominated, hit a miracle river to stay alive, then flopped trips to take the lead.
Firas Nassar, who had qualified on PartyPoker for just $7, busted third and after 15 hours of play at the final table, heads-up lasted just one hand with Bouali shoving rags into Derwiche's suited king.
Here's how the final table payouts went:
1 Imad Derwiche €125,000
2 Sayah Bouali €65,000
3 Firas Nassar €46,000
4 Haim Kakoun €20,642