On Tuesday, the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris continued with Day 1b at the Aviation Club de France. There were 132 registrants, creating a total player pool of 228, but only 92 survived the day. No player finished with 100,000 chips or more, but French singer Grégoire Boissenot ended with 95,000 chips. Biting at his heels are Peter Jetten and Matt Salsberg, both of whom bagged exactly 83,575 chips.
The overall chip leader in the tournament is Jacques Enjoubault, who finished Day 1a with 225,200 chips.
Other notables who survived the day include 2009 November Niner Antoine Saout (77,795), PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Champion Mohsin Charania (72,250), two-time $50,000 Poker Players Championship Winner Michael Mizrachi (69,750), 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Fabrice Soulier (62,500), and Tony G (62,450), who finished runner-up in this event in 2004.
Tony G sat down and immediately won a nice-sized pot off of 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event runner-up Kyle Julius. Tony G opened to 1,100 from early position, and two players called, including Julius on the button. The flop was , and the action checked to Tony G who tossed out 2,000. Only Julius called. Tony G fired 3,000 when the turned, Julius called, and Tony G fired a third bullet worth 4,000 when the completed the board. Julius folded tens face up, and Tony G flashed a black eight, announcing that he flopped a set.
Salsberg got off to a rough start, losing more than two thirds of his stack in the first few hours, but doubled through Vanessa Selbst. Salsberg turned a set of queens and called an all-in bet from Selbst who held straight a flush draws. The river bricked, shooting Salsberg's stack above 40,000 chips.
Dan O'Brien, Guillaume Darcourt, Guillaume Rivet, Roberto Romanello, and Selbst all busted on their second bullet, and JC Alvarado, Ludovic Lacay, and Darren Elias all busted in their only try.
Day 2 is scheduled for 1500 CEST (0600 PDT) on Wednesday, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there providing up-to-the-minute updates from the Aviation Club de France.
WPT Grand Prix de Paris End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts