Poker Stars European Poker Tour Paris stop in the heart of the French capital has been crowned a winner. Mohamed Mokrani takes home €305,300 from the €2,200 FPS High Roller that took place at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. In the France Poker Series (FPS) Paris €2,200 High Roller, two locals competed for the largest share of the €1,747,200 prize pool out of 910 entries.
Mohamed Mokrani and Antony Marchetti had a brief heads-up battle because Marchetti only needed ten hands to win a €305,300 marquee victory. Mokrani defeated seven of his last nine opponents, delighting Marchetti, who received pay rises and a €190,450 consolation prize.
Jon Kyte from Norway and Francesco Delfoco, a seasoned poker player from Italy, were also present at the nine-handed final table. Brazil was represented by Wagner Ripper and Luis Celso.
134 players remained when the action resumed at noon local time, and they were dramatically eliminated during the frantic opening stage. Among those to bow out during that period were the WSOP arm band champs Ori Hasson and Alexandre Reard, the last option of which saw his pocket sovereigns broke by the pocket sixes of Lex Veldhuis.
The Poker Stars ambassador would also not have a happy ending
Because he was eliminated shortly after in a three-way all-in. Mehdi Chaoui held eights, Veldhuis held queens, and Maxime Bevers covered both with pocket kings this time. Chaoui would get a triple up with an eight on the river, and he would soon climb to the top of the leaderboard.
Notables like Sylvain Loosli, Anton Suarez, and Ken Okada were eliminated in quick succession as the assault continued unabated. After that, Woojong Ha came from behind with a dominant pair to beat Nariman Yaghmai and Mauricio Ferreira Pais, but his fortune also fell on the final five tables.
After Emil Bise and Gaelle Baumann missed out on the last three tables, Bart Lybaert became the next casualty as seat assignments were rearranged. The victory for Baumann came in a flip with ace-queen against Delfoco’s pocket nines. Stoyan Obreshkov and Marton Czuczor were the following two major names of the worldwide poker scene who pursued out of chips that.
When Chaoui’s pocket aces were destroyed by Hugo Machado’s eight-five-suited hand, the young Moroccan was forced to settle for 20th place. Ho Tien Cheung, WSOP bracelet winner Alexandru Papazian, and 2007 EPT Prague Main Event champion Arnaud Mattern followed Manuel Labous, Day 1 chip leader, to the payout desk as the final stages of the tournament became tenser. Jeremie Zouari overthrew Mark Buckley and Ladislao Dalfo Batlle. Michael Ferrer’s roller coaster ride came to an end just short of the final table, which was set after the Frenchmen Luc Bindel and Zouari were eliminated.
With a normal of only 15 major blinds, the restart after that turned into a cagey issue with no failure for exactly 20 minutes. Mokrani, the chip leader, quickly established himself as the leader by defeating Celso and Machado. Mokrani also claimed the rest and suddenly held three times as many chips as the nearest follower, continuing the Frenchman’s dominance when his turned flush dented Delfoco.
Mokrani’s streak came to an end when Cedric Massaro lost to Simeon Spasov and Kyte did his best but was eliminated by eventual runner-up Marchetti. Ripper, Brazil’s last hope, got two double-ups and missed out on Spasov. The Bulgarian doubled once, but Mokrani, who had a huge lead, put a lot of pressure on him and bowed out.
It only took ten hands of heads-up play to choose a winner after Ripper sent his chips to Mokrani, much to the delight of the predominantly French rail in the early morning hours.