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Matt Waxman Wins 2011 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris

Matt Waxman

The 2011 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris has been slow cooking all week and is finally done! The final table on Saturday saw the last six players gather to determine who would take it down. While Byron Kaverman lead for a fair while, at the end of the day it was Matt Waxman from the USA who walked away with the WPT trophy and €518,750 in prize money.

It took 27 hands on the final table before we saw the first player get eliminated. According to the WPT Live Update Team, the short stack Martin Jacobson got busted when his {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} failed to get better against the {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} of Mikko Sundell. Jacobson was eliminated in sixth place and earned €88,900.

It almost seemed like a signal to Waxman to get a move on the action. A few hands later, Waxman took down a massive pot whilst crippling Sundell in the process.

At the time, the blinds were 15,000-30,000 with a 5,000 ante. Sundell in the small blind made it 75,000 after action folded around to him. Waxman in the big blind was the only other player remaining and he made the call to see a {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. Sundell continued to bet aggressively firing out 85,000. Waxman responded with a reraise to 210,000 and then Sundell questioned Waxman for how much he had left. About 90 seconds later Sundell reraises again to 680,000 after Waxman moves all in. A 3.7 million pot creates itself in the middle when Sundell calls.

Waxman tabled the {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a flopped flush. Sundell held the {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} for a king-high flush draw. After the {7-Diamonds} fell on the turn and the {3-Diamonds} hit the river, Waxman’s flush proved to be the winning hand and he scooped in the chips. Sundell was down to just about 1 big blind and was eliminated in the very next hand by start-of-the-day chip leader Kaverman.

It then took till the 87th hand to play out for the next elimination when former chip leader Kaverman was sent knocked out in fourth place for €155,550. Fred Magen opened to five times the big blind at 250,000 and Kaverman moved all in. Magen made the call and revealed the {A-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Kaverman held the {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. The board ran out {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and Magen’s Broadway straight won the hand.

Magen himself was the next casualty going out in third place at the hands of Waxman on the 100th hand of the final table. Blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante, when Magen raised to 160,000. Waxman set him all in and Magen made the call. Magen turned over the {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}, but was dominated by the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} for Waxman. After a board of {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} ran out, Magen was left with a €211,100 payday and the heads up match between Waxman and Hugo Lemaire was set.

Waxman held a monster chip lead with a shade under 8 million in chips to Lemaire’s 1.55 million. The match only lasted three hands.

After Lemaire raised to 130,000, Waxman checked his cards and then called to see the flop, which came down {Q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Waxman checked to the preflop raiser and Lemaire fired 145,000. Waxman check-raised all in and Lemaire made the call to put himself at risk. He held the {Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for top pair while Waxman held the {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a flush draw. The turn delivered the {6-Hearts} to give Waxman some more outs to a straight and then the river landed with the {10-Clubs}, giving Waxman his flush and the win. For his runner-up finish, Lemaire took home €311,100.

Final Table Results

1Matt Waxman€518,750
2Hugo Lemaire€311,100
3Fred Magen€211,100
4Byron Kaverman€155,550
5Mikko Sundell€133,330
6Martin Jacobson€88,900

With this victory, Waxman not only landed his biggest career score but also just about doubled his lifetime tournament earnings. He is also the first American player to win a European-based WPT event. PokerNews India would like to congratulate all the winners and especially to Matt Waxman for his victory!

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