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The 2019 Unibet Open Paris is Underway

Unibet Open Paris

2019 Unibet Open Paris €1,100 Main Event Day 1a

A total of 103 players entered the Unibet Open Paris Main Event on Day 1a and at the end of twelve levels, just 24 players remain. Former Unibet Open champions, Unibet Poker Ambassadors and well-known players from around the French poker-playing community jumped into the tournament which was held at Club Circus here in the French capital.

Ambassadors Ian Simpson, who won yesterday's Tag Team event, along with David Lappin,Alexandre Reard and Dan Murariu all tried and failed to make it through to Day 2, but will now have to play the Turbo Day 1c on Friday evening if they are to advance.

Top 5 Chip Counts After Day 1a

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Mantas UrbonasLithuania374,000
2Alan CarrUnited Kingdom218,000
3Dimitar PopovUnited States217,000
4Daan HoogendijkNetherlands176,000
5Alban JuenFrance176,000

Two-time Unibet Open champion Martin Soukup fell in the last level of the night after he ran ace-ten into jacks and queens.

The chip leader is Mantas Urbonas (376,000) just ahead of Unibet Open Malta champion Alan Carr (218,000). Carr defeated 326 players back in September to win €53,400 and is now set for another deep run here in Paris. Other big stacks include Dimitar Popov (200,000), Daan Hoogendijk (176,000) and Alban Juen (176,000).

Leibgorin Leads "Paris Edition" Starting Flight

On Wednesday, Parisian poker stalwart Michel Leibgorin bagged the chip lead in the Unibet Open Paris Main event after finishing top of the Paris Edition starting flight with 532,000. The Paris Edition starting flight was an extra flight added to the Main Event.

Leibgorin, who has live tourney results going back nearly 35 years and has won more than $1.2 million, survived a hectic day at Club Circus Paris with a total of 122 local players taking their seats for the first day of the €1,100 Main Event.

Players to bust on Day 1 Paris Edition included Laurent Polito, Quentin Lecomte, Ekrem Sanioglu, Erwann Pecheux, Mathieu Selides, Smain Mamouni, and Roger Hairabedian.

These players will have the option of reentering on the Turbo Day 1c on Friday, November 29.

Top 5 Chip Counts After Day 1 "Paris Edition"

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Michel LeibgorinFrance532,000
2Giuseppe ZarboItaly312,000
3Jean Yves ChicheporticheFrance308,000
4Arnaud PeyrolesFrance307,000
5Cedric BoyerFrance259,000
Michel Leibgorin
Michel Leibgorin

Follow PokerNews live reporting for continued live coverage from the latest stop on the popular Unibet Open tour, with two more flights in the Paris Main Event.

  • The final Unibet Open of 2019 is underway in Paris!

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