Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Day 1b of the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris is over, and nobody accumulated more chips than French singer Grégoire Boissenot. Boissenot shot up the charts near the end of the night, and was the only player to even flirt with a six-figure stack, finishing the day with 95,000 chips.
A total of 132 players registered on Day 1b, and if you combine that number with Day 1a's entrants, you get 228 total players. Only 92 survived on Day 1b, so a total of 143 players will return for Day 2.
Peter Jetten (83,575) and Matt Salsberg (83,575) - no, that's not a typo - both finished Day 1b with healthy stacks. Jetten climbed steadily throughout the day, while Salsberg was down to his last 8,000 during the first few levels. Salsberg then received a large double up through Vanessa Selbst when he flopped a set of queens. Selbst shoved with straight and flush draws, but bricked on the river.
Joining Jetten and Salsberg tomorrow are Antoine Saout (77,795), Mohsin Charania (72,250), Salman Behbehani (71,900), Michael Mizrachi (69,750), Fabrice Soulier (62,500), and Tony G (62,450).
Selbst was eliminated shortly after, but she wasn't the only notable to hit the rail today - Heinz Kamutzki, Dan O'Brien, Guillaume Darcourt, Guillaume Rivet, Roberto Romanello, JC Alvarado, and Darren Elias all busted before the seventh level came to a close.
Tomorrow at 3 p.m. CEST, the entire field will be under one roof for the first time. Jacques Enjoubault is the overall chip leader with an astounding 225,200 chips, and he's followed by Antony Lellouche (178,275) and Basil Yaiche (142,475), who also played on Day 1a.
We hope to see you again tomorrow for Day 2. Good night from Paris!
On Day 1a, Tony G was eliminated holding two kings against an opponent's pocket nines. He nearly received another bad beat moments ago when he called a 25,000-chip five-bet shove with two red aces. His opponent tabled , and the flop fell . Any spade or any king would've doubled Tony G's opponent, but the turn and river bricked , respectively.
"Nearly got there," Tony G blurted after the hand. "You had everything coming."
A player opened to 1,250 from middle position, Kyle Julius three-bet to 2,600 on his direct left, and the action folded back to the original raiser, who called.
The flop fell , and both players checked. The turn was the , and the original raiser checked again. Julius fired 2,600, the player moved all in for 7,550, and Julius immediately called.
Julius was drawing to one of the two remaining aces in the deck, and unfortunately for him the bricked on the river.
A player opened to 1,000 in middle position, Mohsin Charania called on the button, a player in the small blind called as well, and Gabriel Nassif three-bet out of the big blind, making it 4,000 straight. Only Charania called.
The flop fell , and both players checked. The turn was the , and Nassif check-called 3,200 from Charania. The paired the board on the river, and both players checked again.
Charania rolled over for tens and eights, and Nassif mucked his hand.
Michael Mizrachi opened to 875 from early position, Fabrice Soulier called in middle position, and the players in the cutoff and small blind also called. The dealer spread , and the action checked to Mizrachi who continued for 2,500. Soulier raised to 6,100, and only Mizrachi called.
Both players knuckled after the turned, and the completed the river. Mizrachi checked again, and Soulier tossed out 12,600. Mizrachi tanked for the better part of three minutes before folding.
Heinz Kamutzki and two other opponents saw a flop of . Kamutzki led out for 1,700, one player released, and the third made the call.
The turn was the , and Kamutzki led again - this time for 3,300. The player moved all in for effectively 12,000, and Kamutzki called all in for less.
Kamutzki tabled for two kings, but he was dominated by his opponent's for a queen-high straight. The repeated on the river, and Kamutzki was eliminated.