Saturday  September 15, 2012 :   NIGHT ON THE TOWN FOR POKER CHAMPS
 
WPT aces sample the highlife in Paris
 
The World Poker Tour literally pushed the boat out in entertaining its WPT champions in Paris for the WPT Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club this week.
 
On Thursday a lunchtime cruise was organised, gliding along the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower and past Paris’ many historical and modern landmarks, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie, the Musee d’Orsay,  and the Louvre.
 
Friday saw the group gathering at one of the world's top restaurants – L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – for a multi-course gourmet meal. The dinner included a champagne toast, a 7-course meal with 2 desserts and 4 wine magnums.
 
Held to celebrate the accomplishments of the champions, the guest list included birthday boy Marvin Rettenmaier, Chino Rheem, Michael Mizrachi, Scott Siever, Joe Serock, Will Failla and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
 
The very professional Youtube video here shows how much the dinner, and the presence of the famous chef himself, was appreciated:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2T_R2ISFxs
 
Following the dinner, the champs were whisked off to the Queen nightclub, where they joined other Grand Prix de Paris participants for the WPT Players Party. Queen is one of the top nightclubs in Paris and has featured globally famous DJs, including David Guetta, Avicii, Bob Sinclair and Martin Solveig.
 
The evening included a competition for France’s best DJ.
 
By Friday, the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris had reached its final table after 4 fast-paced days of action, with Day 4 taking almost nine hours to reach these survivors of an original entry field that numbered 228:
 
Matt Salsberg 1,757,000
Mohsin Charania 1,435,000
Timothy Adams 1,198,000
Theo Jorgensen 1,169,000
Philipp Gruissem 776,000
Fabian Quoss 570,000
 
Salsberg, the executive producer of Showtime's long-running (eight seasons) cable television series ‘Weeds', holds the chip lead when the table regathers Saturday to decide the event.
 
The prize pool has been confirmed at Euro 1,624,500, distributed to the last 27 players, with final table pay-outs as follows
 
Winner:  Euro 400,000
2nd Euro 264,600
3rd Euro 170,065
4th Euro 125,775
5th Euro 95,615
6th Euro 75,765
 
The winner’s prize additionally carries with it a seat in the $25,000 WPT World Championship in May.