After nearly nine hours of play here on Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris, the official final table is set and your chip leader is Matt Salsberg (1.757 million chips).
At the beginning of the day, 24 players had their sights set on the official final table. In the end, only six could survive the day, and we saw a flurry of eliminations during the first level of play. The first player to bow out was Nicolas Cardyn, who ran into Kyle Cheong’s . Cheong held, and Cardyn was out in 24th place.
Following Cardyn out the door were Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Djorno, and Bruno Lopes. Djorno open-jammed with from under the gun, Jérome Douieb re-shoved on his direct left with , and Bruno Lopes also shoved with . Douieb won, eliminating Djorno and crippling Lopes, who was eliminated shortly thereafter.
The next two players eliminated were Juha Helppi and Jean-Philippe Rohr. Both players were busted by Salsberg, who held aces against Helppi and kings against Rohr.
After the two-table redraw, Kyle Julius was the first to bust. Julius open-jammed his last 70,000 or so with , and Jorgensen called on the button with . The board ran out , and Julius hit the rail.
Florian Leconte, Michael Kwierk, and Bryan Colin were eliminated in 17th, 16th, and 15th place respectively, and then things started to slow down. In fact, the next elimination didn’t come for a full hour.
In one of the final hands of Level 19, Jacques Enjoubault opened in early position, and the action folded to Salsberg, who moved all in from the big blind. Enjoubault called with , which dominated Salsberg’s , but the board ran out and Enjoubault was eliminated in 14th place.
Daniel Amara and Raphaël Abitbol were the next two players eliminated. Amara was all in preflop with against Mohsin Charania, who held two tens and flopped quads. Charania then won a race to bust Abitbol. Abitbol was all in and at risk with , Charania had , and the board ran out .
Grégoire Boissenot was eliminated in 11th place when he made a pot-sized shove on a board of . Timothy Adams called the jam with , which dominated Boissenot’s , and the turn and river came , respectively.
Hand-for-hand play stretched out for nearly an hour, until Joe Serock busted in 10th place. Serock four-bet most of his stack preflop, and was called be Jorgensen. The flop was , and Serock checked to Jorgensen who put him all in. Serock tanked for a bit, then called with . Jorgensen was ahead with , and the turn and river came , .
At the beginning of Level 21, the unofficial final table was set:
On one of the first hands at the final table, Salsberg busted Cheong. Cheong three-bet jammed with deuces, and Salsberg iso-jammed with jacks. The jacks heald, and Cheong was out in 9th.
A few hands later, Idris Ambraisse was eliminated in 8th place. Ambraisse opened from under the gun, and was called by Charania, Gruissem, and Douieb. The flop fell , and when checked to, Ambraisse moved all in. Charania re-shoved, the action folded around and the hands were opened:
Charania faded an ace and diamonds as the turn and river came , , and Ambraisse was out.
Play slowed considerably on the official final table bubble, and for the next two hours the seven remaining players battled long and hard. One of the players who benefitted the most from the bubble was Charania. In one particular hand, Charania opened to 24,000 from under the gun, and Gruissem and Adams called. The flop fell , and the action checked to Charania who continued for 33,000. Gruissem raised to 90,000, Adams cold-called, and Charania re-raised to 233,000.
Gruissem and Adams folded, and Charania picked up the pot.
Fabian Quoss nearly busted on the final table bubble. Quoss found himself all in and at risk holding against Salsberg’s , but the board ran out , doubling Quoss.
Unsurprisingly it was Salsberg who busted the eventual bubble boy; Douieb. In the final hand of the evening, Quoss opened to 35,000 from under the gun, Douieb moved all in for 281,000 on his direct left, and the action folded to Salsberg, who re-shoved having both players covered. Quoss quickly folded, and the hands were tabled:
Salsberg held as the board ran out , and Douieb was eliminated in 7th place.
Here’s how the final table looks:
To date, Salsberg’s biggest live score was for $108,412 when he finished 70th in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. All the other players have multiple six-figure scores, including Jorgensen who won this event in Season IX. If Jorgensen, the only WPT Champions Club member remaining, were able to win tomorrow, he would become the first player to ever win a WPT event at the same stop twice.
The final table will begin tomorrow at 1600 CEST. Make sure you check back for all of your up-to-the-minute live updates.