The final table of the 2013 bwin World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris is set after 4 days of intensive play! Unfortunately big names such as Kara Scott, Matt Salsberg and Marvin Rettenmaier fell during the fourth day. On the other hand, Christina Lindley (one of few ladies to enter the tournament) and familiar faces such as Elliot Smith (Canada) and Kimmo Kurko (Finland) are amongst the final 6 players.
A big congratulations to Thomas "hitthehole" Middleton, the winner of the Season 10 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event! The tournament attracted a record field of 1,234 players, and on Saturday the final eight players returned to battle it out on the final table. After about five 90-minute levels of play Middleton of UK, who had been the chip leader since Day 3, had all the chips in play and received €942,000, the trophy, and a Slyde watch for the victory.
Final table results:
1st. Thomas Middleton, United Kingdom -- €942,000* 2nd. Kimmo Kurko, Finland -- €750,000* 3rd. Kresten Nielsen, Denmark -- €440,500 4th. Luca Fiorini, Italy -- €328,000 5th. Pasi Sormunen, Finland -- €253,000 6th. Benoit Gury, France - 188,000 7th. Eduard Bhaggoe, Holland -- €143,000 8th. Andreas Christoforou, Cyprus -- €102,430
254 players signed up for the WPT Baden Main Event (Day 1A: 104 & Day 1B: 150). Both starting days are in the books now and there are 131 players remaining. Day 2 starts in just about 2 hours and Kimmo Kurko (picture), from Day 1A, will sit down with the largest stack (149,700). Steve O'Dwyer is ranked 6th with 118,000 chips and Champions Club members Marvin Rettenmaier (86,000) and Lukas Berglund (78,900) are not far behind.
The money bubble will burst when 27 players remain ($8,634). The winner will take home a whopping $271,258 - about 100k more than the runner-up. Check back tomorrow for a Day 2 recap.
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