Grand Prix de Paris

Venue: Aviation Club de France; Paris, France

Prize Pool: near $2 million (about 1.7 million)

Final prize: over 479,000 (about $600,000) and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG
Paris, France
758,000
ROLAND de WOLFE
London, UK
728,000
JUHA HELPPI
Helsinki, Finland
352,000
ALAN GOEHRING
Las Vegas, NV
327,000
CURT KOHLBERG
Westin, MA
126,000
TIM ANDERS
Las Vegas, NV
116,000
Ante/Blinds: 1,000/4,000/8,000

Butter up your baguettes and shuffle up and deal! We start with Alan taking an easy 34,000. Curt goes over the top to win the next pot.

Roland (SB) Juha (BB)
A♠A♦ 9♣7♣
RAISE: 28,000 CALL: 20,000
77% 22%
FLOP: 10♦9♠5♣
BET: 50,000 CALL: 50,000
74% 26%
TURN: 2♣
BET: 60,000 CALL: 50,000
67% 33%
RIVER: 3♦
BET: 80,000 FOLD
WIN: 362,000  

Chip count after a champagne break...

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 876,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 714,000
ALAN GOEHRING 353,000
JUHA HELPPI 222,000
CURT KOHLBERG 144,000
TIM ANDERS 98,000
Ante/Blinds: 1,000/4,000/8,000

 

Roland Michel (SB)
A♦10♦ 9♠J♣
RAISE: 30,000 RAISE: 80,000
RAISE: 50,000  
27% 73%
FLOP: A♥6♠A♣
  BET: 40,000
CALL: 40,000  
91% 9%
TURN: 4♠
  CHECK
BET: 40,000 FOLD
WIN: 294,000  

Mucking the two jacks gives Roland the chip lead...

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,009,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 593,000
ALAN GOEHRING 352,000
JUHA HELPPI 221,000
CURT KOHLBERG 135,000
TIM ANDERS 97,000
Ante/Blinds: 1,000/4,000/8,000

 

Juha Alan (BB)
A♥Q♦ K♥K♦
RAISE: 25,000 CALL: 17,000
32% 68%
FLOP: K♣9♥7♣
  CHECK
CHECK  
2% 98%
TURN: 10♠
  BET: 50,000
FOLD WIN: 110,000

Alan gets ever so close to Roland's lead...

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 976,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 571,000
ALAN GOEHRING 371,000
JUHA HELPPI 213,000
CURT KOHLBERG 161,000
TIM ANDERS 115,000
Ante/Blinds: 1,000/4,000/8,000

 

Alan Roland (B)
J♠J♣ A♣4♣
RAISE: 16,000
(C-Note: Most poker players agree... there is no good way to play pocket Jacks)
CALL: 16,000
63% 36%
FLOP: K♥J♥6♠
BET: 22,000 FOLD
WIN: 72,000  

And Vince has the French Whine Award. More on that later.

Alan Roland (B)
A♥Q♠ K♦K♠
RAISE: 16,000 RAISE: 110,000
ALL-IN: 387,000 CALL: 293,000
29% 70%
FLOP: 6♦5♣4♥
TURN: 4♦
RIVER: 3♦
OUT: 6th Place WIN: 824,000
Two pair
K♦K♠4♦4♥6♦

With that, Roland takes everything Alan had and pads his lead that much.
 

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,379,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 557,000
CURT KOHLBERG 203,000
JUHA HELPPI 155,000
TIM ANDERS 113,000
Ante/Blinds: 1,000/4,000/8,000

 

Roland (SB) Juha (BB)
Q♠5♦ K♥J♠
RAISE: 48,000 ALL-IN: 40,000
32% 67%
FLOP: K♣J♣4♣
TURN: 7♠
(C-Note: Roland is drawing dead)

RIVER: 5♠
  WIN: 85,000
Two pair
K♥K♣J♣J♠7♠

Juha's win didn't do much for his total, as he's still on the short stack.... Maybe a little inflation will help.
 

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,346,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 554,000
TIM ANDERS 227,000
CURT KOHLBERG 194,000
JUHA HELPPI 86,000
Ante/Blinds: 2,000/6,000/12,000

 

Roland (B) Juha (SB)
K♣3♠ A♠K♥
RAISE: 25,000 "I need to double-up twice. Here's the first time."
ALL-IN: 84,000
CALL: 59,000  
10% 88%
FLOP: 10♦10♣2♣
TURN: 5♥
(C-Note: Roland has one out, the remaining 3 in the deck)

RIVER: 8♥
  WIN: 190,000
Pair of Tens
10♦10♣A♠K♥8♥

Juha needs one more double up to get back into this game.

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,186,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 420,000
CURT KOHLBERG 336,000
JUHA HELPPI 240,000
TIM ANDERS 225,000
Ante/Blinds: 2,000/6,000/12,000

 

Tim (B) Roland (SB)
K♠5♦ J♠10♣
RAISE: 30,000 CALL: 24,000
69% 30%
FLOP: A♠Q♠9♥
  CHECK
BET: 40,000 CALL: 40,000
51% 48%
TURN: 6♠
  BET: 30,000
ALL-IN: 153,000 CALL: 123,000
74% 26%
RIVER: A♦
WIN: 468,000
Pair of Aces/King kicker
A♠
A♦K♠Q♠9♥
 

Tim wins another all-in pot as the money increases...

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 933,000
TIM ANDERS 600,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 462,000
JUHA HELPPI 240,000
CURT KOHLBERG 172,000
Ante/Blinds: 2,000/10,000/20,000

 

Tim (B) Roland (SB) Juha (BB)
A♦K♥ J♦10♦ 8♠8♥
RAISE: 75,000 CALL: 65,000 CALL: 55,000
38% 32% 30%
FLOP: 8♣4♦3♦
  CHECK CHECK
ALL-IN: 523,000 FOLD ALL-IN: 163,000
LOWERED BET: 163,000    
4%   96%
TURN: J♠
RIVER:
A♥
    WIN: 163,000
Three eights
8♠
8♥8♣A♥J♠

Fasten your seatbelts, because the price of poker is going up again.

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 791,000
JUHA HELPPI 559,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 396,000
TIM ANDERS 388,000
CURT KOHLBERG 273,000
Ante/Blinds: 3,000/15,000/30,000

 

Juha Curt (B)
7♥7♦ J♠10♣
ALL-IN: 556,000 ALL-IN: 270,000
LOWERED BET: 270,000  
56% 43%
FLOP: 9♣3♣3♠
TURN: 7♠
WIN: 585,000
Full house
7♥7♦7♠3♣3♠
OUT: 5th Place

And that elimination gives Juha the chip lead.

CHIP COUNT
JUHA HELPPI 925,000
ROLAND de WOLFE 755,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 390,000
TIM ANDERS 337,000
Ante/Blinds: 3,000/15,000/30,000

 

Tim (B) Roland (SB)
5♥5♠ A♣9♣
ALL-IN: 334,000 CALL: 319,000
52% 47%
FLOP: A♠K♦6♥
TURN:
7♦
RIVER: K♠
OUT: 4th Place WIN: 710,000
Two pair
A♣A♠
K♦K♠9♣

And all of the Americans are out. And the antes and blinds are raised again.

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,115,000
JUHA HELPPI 950,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 345,000
Ante/Blinds: 5,000/25,000/50,000

 

Juha (SB) Michel (SB)
A♦A♣ Q♦5♠
CALL: 25,000 CHECK
89% 11%
FLOP: J♠93♣
CHECK CHECK
95% 5%
TURN: 10♦
CHECK CHECK
81% 19%
RIVER: 7♥
CHECK CHECK
WIN: 115,000
Pair of Aces
A♦A♣J♠10♦9♦
 

Michel goes all-in and wins two easy pots. Juha returns the favor with pocket Kings. Michel, by the way, is the front runner for the French Whine award, but not after winning an all-in hand. On the other hand, he calls shenanigans on the timing issues. He gets the French Whine award.

Roland (SB) Juha (SB)
K♦5♦ 8♠4♥
CALL: 25,000 CHECK
61% 39%
FLOP: J♥3♣2♦
CHECK CALL: 75,000
FOLD WIN: 190,000

Juha bets on stone rubbish and reclaims the chip lead.

CHIP COUNT
JUHA HELPPI 935,000
ROLAND de WOLFE 910,000
MICHEL ZAJDENBERG 565,000
Ante/Blinds: 5,000/25,000/50,000

Roland also bets on stone garbage for a pot. Juha, meanwhile, wins a pot with all-in on big slick.

Michel (B) Juha (BB)
A♣J♥ A♠Q♣
ALL-IN: 335,000 CALL: 3355,000
24% 70%
FLOP: A♦9♠6♥
TURN: 2♣
RIVER:
3♦
OUT: 3rd Place WIN: 810,000
Pair of Aces/Queen kicker
A♦A♠Q♣9♠6♥

And the Frenchman bids au revoir. Meanwhile, we have the Finn and the Brit ... and the money... and the trophy.. It's time for HEADS UP! Juha's giong for his second WPT title, while Roland goes for his first. Roland goes all in to start, giving Juha something to think about as money goes up again...

CHIP COUNT
JUHA HELPPI 1,465,000
ROLAND de WOLFE 945,000
Ante/Blinds: 10,000/40,000/80,000

 

Juha (SB) Roland (BB)
5♦4♦ 9♥5♠
CALL: 40,000 CHECK
31% 59%
FLOP: A♥Q♦7♥
CHECK
BET: 100,000 FOLD
WIN: 280,000

 

Roland (SB) Juha (BB)
K♠5♥ A♠2♦
CALL: 40,000 CHECK
39% 61%
FLOP: A♣K♥4♦
CHECK
CHECK
18% 82%
TURN: J♥
BET: 100,000
RAISE: 225,000 CALL: 125,000
11% 89%
RIVER: 5♦
CHECK
ALL-IN: 540,000 CALL: 540,000
WIN: 1,710,000
Two pair
K♥K♠5♥5♦A♣

Chip count one more time.

CHIP COUNT
ROLAND de WOLFE 1,710,000
JUHA HELPPI 700,000
Ante/Blinds: 10,000/40,000/80,000

 

Juha (SB) Roland (BB)
Q♥J♠ A♥8♣
ALL-IN: 650,000 CALL: 650,000
43% 57%
FLOP: 6♦5♥4♠
TURN: 7♠
(C-Note: Juha is not dead yet. Should the river be an 8, the pot is split)
RIVER: 4♣
OUT: 2nd Place WIN: 1,400,000
Straight to the eight
8♣7♠
6♦5♥4♠

Roland de Wolfe is the champion at Paris! He takes home 479,680, $599,600. As we toast London's second ACF championship in a row, we look forward to our next stop on the World Poker Tour, Aruba for the Aruba Poker Classic. See you then.