Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 2:17 am

The WPT returned to Paris for the first time since 2013 with the inaugural WPTDeepStacks Festival at Club Pierre Charron. The €1,500 buy-in Main Event anchored the return of the WPT to Paris. Ten players entered the final day of action and Sonny Franco was the last one left standing. Franco banked €200,000 (or approximately $222,420) for first place after fading a total field of 853 runners. The final six also included Ouassini Mansouri, Lianmin Bai, Florent Estegassy, Marcin Wydrowski, and Jean Paul Pasqualini.

Heads-up: Ouassini Mansouri and Sonny Franco (champion) in Paris

Welcome back to Paris. Where the heck were ya? Oh, and ship it to Sonny Franco! He outlasted a solid feed on the latest stop of the 2020 World Poker Tour DeepStacks circuit. The hip and new Club Pierre Charron at the Palais des Congres de Paris – Porte Maillot in Paris hosted a special series (sponsored by partypokerLIVE) over the last couple weeks that coincided with the 2020 WPTDeepStacks Paris

Club Pierre Charron has a 40-table poker room and the largest gaming space in Paris located a short stroll away from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees. It's come a long way since the cramp quarters of the Aviation Club, but poker has grown exponentially since those dark and dingy days on the earliest seasons of the OG World Poker Tour. Remember when David Benyamine took down the WPT Paris? Super cool and it feels like yesterday.

The WPT had not hosted an event in Paris since 2013, but they finally returned with a special series at the Club Pierre Charron that included the 2020 WPTDeepStacks Paris Main Event.

This year's return to Paris featured a €1,500 buy-in Main Event. A total of 853 runners took a shot. The prize pool passed €1.1 million. First place paid out €200,000, plus a €2,000 package to the WPTDeepStacks European Championship in Deauville, France.

Ten players were still in the hunt heading into the fourth and final day in Paris. Sonny Franco bagged the lead with over 4.8 million. He was one of three French big stacks that also included Florent Estegassy and Ouassini Mansouri.

Duco ten Haven bubbled the final table of six in seventh place.

The final six included Sonny Franco Ouassini Mansouri, Lianmin Bai, Florent Estegassy, Marcin Wydrowski, and Jean Paul Pasqualini. Marcin Wydrowski was the most notable among the final six. He was seeking another WPT title, but his run ended in fifth place.

On the final hand, Ouassini Mansouri made a final stand with Carte Valet de trèfleCarte 10 de trèfle while Sonny Franco went to battle with King-eight off suit. The flop was Carte 8 de trèfleCarte 3 de carreauCarte 2 de trèfle and Franco flopped top pair. Mansouri had outs with a flush draw and two overs. Franco turned top two pair when the Carte Roi de pique hit. The river was a red Queen and Mansouri whiffed on the flush draw.

Franco won the pot and the tournament. He banked €200,000 or roughly $222,420 in Benjamins. He also won a special freeroll into the WPTDeepStacks European Championship in Deauville, France.

The "godfather" Bruno Fitoussi finished in 53rd place, which was good enough for a modest cash.

Notables among the final 107 who went deep at the 2020 WPT Deepstacks Paris also included... Gilles Gauyacq, Xaiver Mouysset, Ekrem Sanioglu, Alain Zeidan, Julien Pieffet, Johnny Hanse, Clyde Foe, Laurent Polito, Nicolas Dumont, David Hu, Francois Scapula, Jean Perez, Ahmed Haddouche, Jean Chicheportiche, Ange Besninou, Jerry Koob, Ronan Le Rouz, Sylvain Nespoux, Pat Kallas, Yu Liu, Drice Hazma, Philipp Zukernik, Benjamin Bohbot, Sergei Illarionov, Bruno Fitoussi, Alexandre Dana, David Pechuer, Yannick Cardot, Miroslav Alilovic, Franck Kalfon, Minh Tran, Ismael Boujahma, Boris Chong, Sit, Barbara Genuini, Gael Obers, Massimiliano Rosi, Jenny Israel, Remigiusz Wyrzykiewicz, Tom Jarry, Pierre Fromage, Lukas Soucek, and Axel Fallay.

2020 WPTDeepStacks Paris

Buy-in: €1,500

Entrants: 853

Prize Pool: €1,105,488

Payouts: 107


Final Table Results:

1. Sonny Franco $222,772

2. Ouassini Mansouri $150,854

3. Lianmin Bai $106,975

4. Florent Estegassy $76,095

5. Marcin Wydrowski $54,590

6. Jean Paul Pasqualini $40,805

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