On his way to getting his name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup during last night’s WPT Grand Prix de Paris – Part 3 episode, Matt Salsberg first had to play his way past poker pros Theo Jorgensen and Philipp Gruissem. In this clip, WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst breaks down a hand between Salsberg and Jorgensen and takes a look at how both pros underestimated the skill level of the Hollywood producer.
And, again, congrats to Matt Salsberg for becoming the WPT Grand Prix de Paris champion.
This Sunday at 8pm and 11pm local time on FSN, WPT Grand Prix de Paris will wrap up when another WPT Champion is crowned at Aviation Club de Paris. In the meantime though, there’s still quite a bit of poker to be played at this final table. Above is a clip featuring two of the remaining players at that final table, Matt Salsberg and Theo Jorgensen.
We’ll let you watch the video to see how the showdown plays out and make sure to tune in on Sunday night to see all of the action from WPT Grand Prix de Paris.
WPT Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is expanding its philanthropic efforts in support of non-profit programs of excellence through a new, year-round series of online auctions at leading online charity auction house, Charitybuzz.com.
If you love soccer and poker, and some of the best players to ever play the beautiful game, you don’t want to miss this WPT Foundation auction. The package includes an authentic bwin soccer jersey signed by 20 members of Real Madrid, including Christiano Ronaldo, Pepe, as well as a dozen more Real Madrid players.
Worn by one of the WPT Royal Flush Girls at a Real Madrid match, you’ll literally be bidding to win the shirt off their backs. If that’s not enough, you’ll also receive an autographed photograph of the WPT Royal Flush Girls proudly wearing their signed jerseys.
Here’s a full lit of all 20 Real Madrid players who signed the jersey:
- Christiano Ronaldo
- Fabio Coentrão
- Sergio Ramos
- Medut Ozil
- Jose Callejon
- Gonzalo Higuain
- Karim Benzema
- Rafeal Varane
- Angel Di Maria
- Xabi Alonso
- Sami Khedira
- Antonio Adan
- Alvaro Arbeloa
- Esteban Granero
With just two events left before the start of WPT Champions Week, Matt Salsberg has opened up a slight lead over Paul Volpe in the Season XI WPT Player of the Year race.
Salsberg and Volpe were tied for the lead in this year’s POY race when the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown started, and both players again made deep runs in the 542-entrant tournament. Volpe busted the tournament in 27th position, which was good for nearly $16,600 and 50 WPT POY points. Salsberg, meanwhile, lasted until 13th place, picking up 100 points and nearly $23,000 in cash.
When the WPT bestbet Open starts in Jacksonville, Florida on April 26, Salsberg will be nursing a small, 100-point lead over Volpe. And, while both players are at least 600 points ahead of Paul Klann who currently sits in third position, there’s still plenty of time for a dark horse to make a late charge for the lead before the season’s end, so stay tuned for what promises to be one of the most thrilling finishes in WPT history.
Season XI WPT Player of the Year Points Leaders
1: Matt Salsberg – 2,500
2: Paul Volpe – 2,400
3: Paul Klann – 1,800
4: Antonio Esfandiari – 1,500
4: Marvin Rettenmaier – 1,500
6: Ben Hamnett – 1,450
6: Ravi Raghavan – 1,450
8: Kai Chang – 1,400
9: Ben Tarzia – 1,300
9: Jonathan Roy – 1,300
9: Noah Schwartz – 1,300
It was a bright, bright sunshiny day in South Florida when Vanessa Selbst and Vince Van Patten broke into a tennis court for some off-the-felt fun. Van Patten, a former tennis pro, against Selbst, a current poker pro. How would this turn out? Take a look at the video and make sure to tune in to FSN on Sunday nights at 8pm and 11pm local time for all of the off-the-felt and behind-the-scenes fun from World Poker Tour.
Kevin Eyster, the newest member of the WPT Champions Club, managed a rare feat on his way to victory, entering today’s WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown final table as the chip leader and eliminating almost every one of the other remaining players on his way to the title.
A 542-entrant field generated a prize pool with more than $2.5 million and provided Eyster with a payday worth more than $660,000, including an entry to next month’s WPT World Championship at Bellagio.
Eyster’s road to victory started after he eliminated one of the day’s short stacks, Jeff Madsen, on hand 58. Eyster raised to 110,000 with Ah-10h, prompting Madsen to move all in for 825,000 with pocket 2s. Madsen took an early lead in the race on a board 9s-4d-4h-3d, but the 10s on the river gave Eyster a better two pair and sent Madsen to the rail for his second, sixth-place finish of the season.
As the table’s two short stacks following Madsen’s departure, Daniel Letts and Paul Dlugozima fought valiantly, but couldn’t improve their respective positions. Letts went out in fifth position when he shoved his last 725,000 with Ad-8c and was called by Ben Tarzia’s Qc-Jc. When Tarzia paired his Jack on a flop of Jh-8h-5c, Letts needed an Ace to double up. When the board blanked out with the 7s and 5h, Letts went home $125,000 richer. Dlugozima’s day ended soon after Letts when he moved all in from the small blind with Jh-9d and got called by Eyster with Ad-3c. A board of Ac-8c-10c-2c-6s gave Eyster a flush and sent Dlugozima to the rail in fourth place.
Three-handed play started with all the players sitting on nearly equal chip stacks, but Eyster quickly took control of the action and ground his opponents down by applying steady pressure on nearly every hand. Zo Karim was Eyster’s next victim when, with nearly 3 million in the pot, he moved all in for his last 2.3 million on a board of Kd-5d-10s-3s. Eyster called and turned over Kc-Qh for top pair only to find himself behind Karim’s pocket Aces. When the Qs hit the river, the stunned Karim was sent home in third place while Eyster took a sizable lead into head-up play against Ben Tarzia.
Head-up play lasted just 11 hands when Tarzia moved all in with pocket 7s and found himself racing against Eyster’s Ac-10c. When Eyster paired his Ace on the flop, Tarzia was left with just two outs to stay alive, but failed to find help on a board that ran out Ah-5h-2h-5c-2d.
In addition to the first-place prize money, Eyster will have his name etched onto the WPT Champions Cup and walk away with a custom electric guitar courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. You can watch Eyster’s winner’s interview with Jeanine Deeb below.
- Kevin Eyster – $660,395
- Ben Tarzia – $389,750
- Zo Karim – $252,190
- Paul Dlugozima – $171,950
- Daniel Letts – $122,275
- Jeff Madsen – $100,000
While in town for WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the WPT Royal Flush Girls took a trip out to the AVA Refuge just outside Paris. AVA is one of the charity organizations that is part of WPT Foundation outreach efforts. The face of the organization is actress Kristin Scott Thomas.
The aim of our shelter is to provide an alternative to euthanasia in animals near the end of their life, to welcome dogs deemed behaviorally “difficult” or living in difficult situations that make taking care of the animal impossible.
Dr. Thierry Bedossa and his team of enthusiasts and professionals ensure the welfare of all animals.
Watch the video above to learn more about AVA Refuge and visit WPTFoundation.org to learn more about the Foundation’s ongoing charity efforts around the world.
Day 4 at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown has come to a close and the final six for today’s televised final table are set. Jeff Madsen will be the most recognized name at the final table, but the chip lead belongs to Kevin Eyster with 5,680,000.
Here is a look at the final table seating chart with chip counts:
Seat 1. Daniel Letts – 1,665,000 (41 bb)
Seat 2. Paul Dlugozima – 4,470,000 (111 bb)
Seat 3. Kevin Eyster – 5,680,000 (142 bb)
Seat 4. Jeff Madsen – 1,385,000 (34 bb)
Seat 5. Ben Tarzia – 2,380,000 (59 bb)
Seat 6. Zo Karim – 685,000 (17 bb)
A number of familiar faces hit the rail along the way to the final six yesterday, including Faraz Jaka (9th place), Ben Hamnett (10th place), Tony Ruberto (12th place), Matt Salsberg (13th place), Doug Lee (14th place), and Matt Giannetti (21st place). Matt Salsberg has now taken over the lead from Paul Volpe in the Season XI WPT Player of the Year race after earning 150 points with his 13th place finish. He will have 2,500 points going into WPT bestbet Open, and Paul will have 2,350. Since Volpe is unable to play in Jacksonville, he will have to make a great showing at PartyPoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship or WPT World Championship to catch up with Salsberg.
The last woman in the field, Nancy Bimbaum, went home in 15th place, and David Tuthill, who finished 8th at WPT LA Poker Classic, finished in 11th place. Mike DeGilio and James Joyner were the “final table bubble boys” after being eliminated in the same hand by Paul Dlugozima. Here’s a quick look at the final six:
The average chip count going into tomorrow is 2,710,000.
Kevin Eyster: 5,680,000
Kevin has played a total of three WPT events and this is his first cash and first major poker tournament final table. He recently finished 2nd in the WSOPC Blackhawk Main Event. He currently lives in Denver and is from Louisiana.
Paul Dlugozima: 4,470,000
Paul has played in one tournament prior to this, but has no cashes. He plays some cash but mostly runs a backing business with Elio Fox.
Ben Tarzia: 2,380,000
Ben has played a total of three WPT events with his best finish coming in this season’s WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open where the Canadian chalked up at 7th place finish.
Daniel Letts: 1,665,000
Daniel is from Miami Beach and has never played in a WPT event before. His deepest run in a major poker tournament was a 150th place finish in a $1,500 WSOP event. He has two cashes in side events here at Seminole Hard Rock Casino during this series.
Jeff Madsen: 1,385,000
Jeff has already been here once before this season, finishing 6th at WPT Legends of Poker back in August. He has five cashes in WPT events.
Zo Karim: 685,000
Zo is from Orlando and has played six WPT events before this. He cashed at Season X WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open, finishing 28th and won the WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel in February.
Tune in to WPT Live Updates at 4pm ET to follow the hand-for-hand coverage from the final table at Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
Final Table to be Live Streamed on WPT.com Starting at 2:30pm on April 30
World Poker Tour finishes its last southern swing of Season XI with the popular WPT bestbet Open, sponsored by ClubWPT.com, which is expected to draw a strong field of the game’s top professional players to the felt in Jacksonville, Florida.
Running from April 26 – 30, this $3,500 event will feature two Day 1s with re-entry and have its final table live streamed on WPT.com. Marking World Poker Tour’s last US event before the start of its Championship Week at Bellagio in May, and one of the season’s last opportunities for players to gain valuable WPT Player of the Year points, the WPT bestbet Open is likely to play a pivotal role in determining which player walks away with the tour’s most coveted honor at the season’s end.
“It’s been a thrilling season so far with some amazing performances and one of the tightest Player of the Year races we’ve ever seen,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “It’s particularly exciting to watch Matt Salsberg – a WPT champion who, until recently, has been better known for his work as Hollywood writer and producer on Entourage and Weeds – run neck-and-neck with some of the game’s most talented pros as they all try to become the WPT Player of the Year. Right now, it’s truly anybody’s race and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top.”
Players confirmed to attend the WPT bestbet Open include Salsberg, along with fellow WPT Champions Club members Matt Giannetti, Noah Schwartz, and Steve Brecher, WPT Season IX Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger, and WPT One to Watch Brian Hastings.
A favorite destination for WPT players and cast members alike, bestbet is running daily satellites to the WPT bestbet Open Main Event through the evening of April 25. The tournament’s final table will be live streamed on WPT.com starting at 2:30pm on Tuesday, April 30 and will be hosted by Raw Deal Analyst Tony Dunst.