Monday, May 17, 2010

Poker News Media: Theo Jorgensen Wins WPT Grand Prix de Paris - 16th May 2010

World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Theo Jorgensen came out on top in the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Grand Prix de Paris on Saturday. Jorgensen, who once defeated Full Tilt Poker pro Gus Hansen in a boxing match, banked €633,000 from the €10,000 buy-in tournament. Jorgensen entered the final table as the chip leader.

A total of 247 players turned out for the Grand Prix de Paris and, when the smoke cleared, eight reached this weekend’s final table. Among those who sought poker glory in Paris and coughed up the €10,000 entry fee were November Nine member and Everest Poker pro Antoine Saout, Andrew Feldman, Aussie Millions Main Event winner Tyron Krost, Men “The Master” Nguyen, and PokerStars pro Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier.

Jimmy Ostensson was the final table’s first casualty, bowing out when his wired pair of nines could not hold up against the A-6 of Fabrice Touil. The flop came J-4-K, but a running A-6 sent Ostensson out of the Aviation Club and looking for a taxi on the world-famous Champs-Elysées.

Seventh place at the Grand Prix de Paris went to Arnaud Mattern, who picked an inopportune time to shove with A-Q, as Antoine Amourette picked up pocket rockets. Mattern, who won the 2007 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague stop, picked up €82,000. Nourredine Aïtaleb was the next to go. Aïtaleb shoved with A-J, but ran into Per Linde’s pocket queens. Linde, who finished 13th in April’s EPT San Remo Main Event, was once one out away from elimination in Paris.

In the defining pot of the Grand Prix de Paris, Jorgensen doubled up at the expense of Amourette with pocket kings against pocket sevens. The board ran out 5-4-5-10-3 and Jorgensen scooped a 3.3 million chip pot, the largest of the tournament at the time. Amourette quickly doubled up to stave off being the Grand Prix de Paris’ fifth place finisher, a distinction that went to Touil, who committed his chips pre-flop with A-8. Jorgensen called with J-8, but spiked a jack on the turn to shrink the field even further.

Mikhael Guenni woke up with pocket fives when his stack amounted to just five big blinds, but ran into Jorgensen’s pocket nines and could not improve. Linde was the next to go. Short-stacked, he pushed all-in with a paltry 7-5 and failed to draw out on Jorgensen’s K-J. Jorgensen flopped a straight and never looked back, sending Linde home €234,000 richer for his wear.

Heads-up play spanned all of three hands. In the final pot, Amourette was all-in with K-6 and up against Jorgensen’s A-K. The board ran out 6-J-4-A-5 and Jorgensen claimed his first WPT title. The tournament marked Jorgensen’s first top 20 finish in a WPT event. His bracelet came in 2008 during the WSOP Europe festivities, where he outlasted a field of 165 players in a £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for £218,000. Jorgensen defeated Titan Poker pro Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi heads-up for his WSOP title in a final table that also included Erik Friberg, Max Pescatori, Chris Ferguson, and Jason Mercier.

Here were the final table results from the WPT Grand Prix de Paris:

1. Theo Jorgensen – 633,902
2. Antoine Amourette – 328,690
3. Per Linde – 234,780
4. Mickael Guenni – 187,825
5. Fabrice Touil – 140,870
6. Nourredine Aïtaleb – 93,910
7. Arnaud Mattern – 82,175
8. Jimmy Ostensson – 70,435

Kicking off on Wednesday is the WPT Spanish Championship, which will emanate from Casino Barcelona. The €3,500 tournament crowns a winner on May 23rd and preliminary events begin on Monday. In June 2009, Mark Flowers defeated Per Sjogren in the finale of the WPT Spanish Championship, which attracted a field of 160 players. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Poker News: WSOP® For Life - Your seat at the WSOP® for 2010 and beyond - PartyPoker News

Gibraltar – 11th May 2010 - PartyPoker.com is delighted to introduce its fabulous and unique new promotion, WSOP® for Life! This unbelievable package is every poker player’s dream prize as they don’t have to worry about qualifying for the Main Event anymore - they receive a Main Event package for life!* As an extra bonus for 2010, PartyPoker.com even pays the travel, accommodation and spending money for this year’s Las Vegas extravaganza! **

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: “We’ve got two WSOP® For Life packages to give away and we’re making them available to all players via a leader board challenge and a tournament. Normally, the chance to take part in the WSOP Main Event is a once in lifetime opportunity but with this you have a Main Event package guaranteed for life.”

PartyPoker.com ambassador Mike Sexton said: “I think WSOP® For Life is a really great idea – I have been playing the Main Event for most of my life! I just wish I had the opportunity to qualify for this but, unfortunately, I am exempt!”

One WSOP® for Life package will be available through the exciting leader board challenge, open exclusively to Bronze, Silver and Gold level players. The aim for a customer is to boost their position by earning points through regular poker play from 24th May to 20th June. The more points a player earns, the higher they will climb. The player that ranks first when the challenge finishes will be given a WSOP® for Life package. There are also three WSOP® 2010 packages on offer as well as $50,000 in cash prizes:

There is also a WSOP® for Life prize tournament on 20th June. First place is a WSOP® for Life package but there are also three WSOP® 2010 packages and $50,000 in prizes to be won. Entry can be gained by freeroll, direct buy-in and through STT Jackpot. Full information on all routes and terms and conditions can be found at: PartyPoker.com

* For the purposes of this WSOP® for Life promotion, the term ‘Life’ shall mean up to 20 years.
** From 2011 onwards we will fund the Winner’s buy-in to the WSOP® Main Event (or a portion of the Winner’s buy-in to the WSOP® main event) up to a maximum sum of $10,000 per annum. In the event the buy-in increases, then the winner shall be responsible for any extra costs.

“World Series of Poker”® and “WSOP”® are registered trade marks of Harrah’s License Company LLC. No license, affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement is claimed, or should be inferred from the use of these trademarks here. PartyGaming is not licensed by or otherwise affiliated with Harrah’s License Company LLC or the World Series of Poker®, in any way.

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