Hollywood executive Matt Salsberg has won the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris.
Salsberg is the executive producer of popular comedy/drama Weeds and a keen amateur poker player.
The win is easily the biggest of the American’s poker career and he will leave Paris with an extra €400,000 in his bank account.
Salsberg went into the final table as the chip leader and outlasted his five competitors in what was a grueling final table.
An exhausted Salsberg was clearly drained after the four day tournament but was excited to have beaten a final table that was comprised solely on professional poker players.
“This was a really really tough final table. I knew I had to play my A game and maybe get lucky against these guys because it was a really strong table and they were all very experienced,” Salsberg said.
“I feel like I made a couple of mistakes today but I just wanted to make sure that I protected my stack, for the most past, and so if I got heads-up I would have a chance and that is sort what happened.”
Danish Professional Poker Player Theo Jorgensen (who was aiming to become the first player to win the same World Poker Tour event twice) finished the tournament in second place but early in the heads-up battle it looked like he was going to run away with the tournament.
Jorgensen almost won the tournament on two occasions but his ace-five was beaten by Salsberg’s ace-four and his ace-queen failed to hold up against ace-ten.
Salsberg was unsure whether his future lies in poker or television producing.
“I almost play semi-professionally anyway because my job takes up half the year and the other half I am on hiatus,” Salsberg said
“I really play a lot I’ve probably got as much live experience as any of these guys.”
“I came 70th in last year’s (World Series of Poker) Main Event and I’ve won four or five tournaments since then and had numerous cashes.”
The World Poker Tour now heads to Malta.