History of the WPT Grand Prix de Paris


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The World Poker Tour (WPT) has a place in poker folklore as the first brand to show hole cards in televised events in the United States of America.

The tour has been operating since 2002 and, in the early days, the WPT was a strange brand name, because the tour barely moved away from its roots in American soil.

But one place the WPT always felt comfortable visiting was the Aviation Club de France (ACF) on the Champs Elysee in Paris, home of the Grand Prix de Paris.

The first event was created in 2003, and it was given the name of The Euro Finals of Poker. 86 players entered and a Swede, Christer Johansson, won the €10,000 buy-in event for a first prize of €500,000.

In 2004, the Grand Prix de Paris replaced the Euro Finals of Poker, and it has been the trademark ever since.

The final table was stoked in controversy, as Tony G verbally battered and berated the Englishman, Surinder Sunar, in heads-up play.

Tony G certainly made a name for himself, but Sunar kept his cool and won the title and €679,860 first prize. The following year, it was another Englishman winning the title, when Roland de Wolfe beat 160 entrants to take home a €479,680 first prize.

2006 & 2010 saw back-to-back victories for Denmark, as there was a sabbatical between 2007-2009, Christian Grundtvig and Theo Jorgensen winning €712,500 and €638,377 respectively. Grundtvig’s victory remains the largest in Grand Prix de Paris history.

Then, just last year, the buy-in was reduced to €7,500 for the first time, and the event saw it’s biggest ever attendance. 312 players entered the event and it was the American, Matt Waxman, who took home the €500,000 first prize.

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