WPT Grand Prix de Paris 2011 Won By Matt Waxman

Matt Waxman has triumphed at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, after overcoming a field of 312 players over six days to win the title, and collect the €518,750 ($717,257) first place prize.
With his latest win, the US pro from Parkland, Florida has brought his career tournament earnings to $1,665,158. This includes winnings of $270,868 in 2009, $304,591 in 2010, and now $1,107,973 so far in 2011.
As play got started at the €7,500 buy-in WPT event at the Aviation Club de France, Days 1a and 1b combined to produce a 312 strong field, up from 247 last year. Day 2 then saw 167 begin, Day 3 saw 61 players return, Day 4 begun with 18 player with the final table of six  getting underway on Day 5. At this stage the chip stacks looked as follows:
Byron Kaverman: 2,079,000
Hugo Lemaire: 1,962,000
Mikko Sundell: 1,791,000
Frederic Magen: 1,554,000
Matthew Waxman: 1,423,000
Martin Jacobson: 482,000
Incredibly, it would take Waxman just over 100 hands of play before he found himself heads-up against French pro Hugo Lemaire. Waxman then managed to take the lead before shoving his whole stack on a 5c-3c-Qh flop with a flush draw (9c-8c), only to be called by his opponent’s top pair (Qd-8h).
With the remaining cards coming 6h-10c, Waxman succeeded in completing his flush draw on the river, thus relegating Hugo Lemaire to a runner-up finish worth €311,100. In the meantime, Matt Waxman became the first American player to win a WPT event in Europe, and in addition to the prize-money was awarded a $25,500 seat to the 2012 WPT World Championship.
The final table finishing positions and payout were as follows:
1st: Matt Waxman: €518,750
2nd: Hugo Lemaire: €311,100
3rd: Fred Magen: €211,100
4th: Byron Kaverman: €155,550
5th: Mikko Sundell €133,330
6th: Martin Jacobson: €88,900
The World Poker Tour’s next stop is Atlantic City for the Borgata Poker Open, with the action taking place between September 18th to the 23rd.

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