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Springtime in Paris

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: Aug 01, 2010


The story of the 2010 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris ended with the indomitable Theo Jorgensen lifting the trophy (literally the world – it’s a big shiny globe) in the main event, and Freddy Deeb’s victory in the high roller, but started with barely a whisper a week earlier as with second-hand precision the Aviation Club’s dealers shuffled up and dealt to players seated and absent at 2 p.m. Every day players and press had to keep an eye on the screens, which would suddenly start counting down a 90 minute level with the minimum of fuss (the best solution considering the Aviation’s unique multi-chamber-and-hallway table layout). Compare for a moment the anthems, guest stars, and amplified announcements at the World Series of Poker, and the venerable “Shuffle up and deal” launching every major tour’s events. Not in Paris, ladies and gentlemen; you might be served food which ...

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