In case you didn't read our WPT Grand Prix de Paris updates last week, Philipp Gruissem finished both Day 2 and Day 3 with the largest pile of chips, and he had about 3 times the average stack and $100k more than his closest opponent Matthew Salsberg when Day 4 kicked off with 24 remaining players.
However, Gruissem didn't managed to maintain his chip lead for a third consecutive day and instead it was Salsberg who finished Day 4 as the chip leader. Below are the end of Day 4 chip counts (final table):
Seat 1: Matthew Salsberg - 1,575,000
Seat 2: Philipp Gruissem - 776,000
Seat 3: Theo Jorgensen - 1,169,000
Seat 4: Fabian Quoss - 570,000
Seat 5: Timothy Adams - 1,198,000
Seat 6: Mohsin Charania - 1,435,000
The final table was all about Matthew Salsberg and Theo Jorgensen as they took turns at holding the lead. It probably wasn't such a big surprise to anyone that they were the last two men standing after several hours of play. Theo Jorgensen had the chance to become the first-ever player to win two WPT titles at the same venue, and Matt Salsberg, producer of the TV show Weeds, had the chance of winning his first major tournament.
Jorgensen's long experience of playing poker tournaments really showed as he dominated most of the heads-up match. In fact, he was clear favourite to win the whole thing when he had Salsberg dominated with A5 vs A4 in an all-in. But the deck had other ideas and Salsberg doubled up with a pair of 4s. Then it didn't take long until Salsberg won another lucky all-in and overtook the chip lead. This time he hit a diamond flush on the river with AT vs Jorgensen's AQ.
Jorgensen seemed really frustrated and annoyed after being denied the win for a second time. However, many thought it would affect his game. But unfortunately it did and the match came to an end after just a few hands with Salsberg as chip leader.
Salsberg raised to 435k, Jorgensen moved all-in and Salsberg snap-called.
The flop came out 532 and left Jorgensen with just a few outs. The 4 on the turn left him with 6 outs - ace or 6 (no clubs) for a straight (split pot). But the river card was the 7 of spades and Salsberg took home the pot, the title and an amazing $515,720! Jorgensen received $341,149 as a consolation but will probably be having nightmares about Salsberg for many nights to come.
Final table results:
1 Matthew Salsberg $515,720
2 Theo Jorgensen $341,149
3 Philipp Gruissem $219,265
4 Timothy Adams $162,162
5 Mohsin Charania $121,987
6 Fabian Quoss $97,684