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The Number One Player in the World (For a Day) Doubles


Peter Jetten opened to 3,200 on the button, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier three-bet jammed for 8,100 from the big blind. Jetten called, and the hands were opened.

Jetten's {k-Hearts}{7-Hearts} was slightly behind Grospellier's {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}, and Grospellier held as the board ran out {q-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades}.

The dealer accidentally counted out an extra thousand from Grospellier's stack - a mistake that was fixed by Jason Mercier.

"He's the number one player in the world," Jetten joked. "He doesn't need an extra thousand."

Indeed, Grospellier surpassed Mercier on the Global Poker Index rankings yesterday, but Mercier, formerly the number one ranked player, doesn't seem impressed.

"He's been number one for a day," he added, grinning.

Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 150,000 -6,600
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
fr 17,500 9,400

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Salsberg Stacks Neumann

Matt Salsberg busts another player
Matt Salsberg busts another player

Matt Salsberg opened to 3,600 from under the gun, and the action folded to Marko Neumann, who moved all in for around 25,000 from the cutoff seat. The action folded back to Salsberg, who immediately called, and the hands were opened.

Salsberg: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Neumann: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

The {a-Hearts} was the window card, giving Neumann a pair of aces, but it was quickly followed by the {3-Clubs} and the {q-Hearts}. Salsberg gave a slight fist pump, but it wasn't over - the {j-Spades} turned, giving Neumann two outs to stay alive.

The {10-Clubs} bricked on the river however, and Neumann was eliminated.

Matt Salsberg ca
Matt Salsberg
ca 260,000 30,300
Marko Neumann de
Marko Neumann
de Busted

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Welcome to Day 3

Philipp Gruissem - Chip leader
Philipp Gruissem - Chip leader

Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Season XI Grand Prix de Paris is set to start in the next few minutes here at the Aviation Club de France. Of the 228 entrants only 63 remain, and we are 36 eliminations from the money. The minimum cash is €13,305, each member of the official final table will earn €75,765, and the winner will take home €400,000.

The chip leader entering the day is Philipp Gruissem (280,600), and he is closely followed by Bryan Colin (243,300), Matt Salsberg (229,700), Juha Helppi (222,800), and Giacomo Fundaro (216,000).

For a look at all of the chip counts, click on the Chip Counts tab above.

There are two former Grand Prix de Paris winners still alive. David Benyamine (137,600) and Theo Jorgensen (126,900) won this event in Season's II and IX respectively, and are looking to return to the winner's circle here in Paris.

Other WPT Champions Club members that are still alive include the aforementioned Helppi, Sean Jazayeri (105,300), and WPT Season VII Player of the Year Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (33,900). Two other WPT POY's are still alive as well; Joe Serock (Season X, 114,000 chips) and Faraz Jaka (Season VIII, 157,400 chips).

Jason Mercier, who is perhaps the most decorated player in the world without an appearance at a WPT final table, is looking to capture poker's triple crown. Mercier has already won two World Series of Poker bracelets and a European Poker Tour title, so the only thing missing from his résumé is a win on the WPT. This could be his chance.

The cards will be in the air shortly, so make sure to stay tuned to for all of your up-to-the-minute updates from Paris!

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Day 3 Seating Chart

51Jean-Philippe Rohr111,500
52Michael Kwieck75,300
53Florian Leconte75,700
54Peter Jetten156,600
55Daniel Amara167,400
56Bertrand Grospellier33,900
57Fabian Quoss178,900
58Jason Mercier140,700
59Giacomo Fundaro216,000
61Andrew Lichtenberger178,600
62Tom Alner24,600
63Rabythas Sinnathamby31,800
64Erik Cajelais97,800
65Bruno Lopes101,800
66Ekrem Sanioglu95,700
67Antony Lellouche184,800
68Faraz Jaka157,400
69Basil Yaiche141,700
71Marko Neumann28,700
72Thomas Petit109,800
73Tony Guoga47,200
74Antoine Saout120,300
75Matt Salsberg229,700
76Fabrice Soulier94,000
77Grégoire Boissenot76,800
78Idris Ambraisse175,200
79David Benyamine137,600
81Franck Kalfon24,200
82Dominik Nitsche92,100
83Eric Le Peuc'h23,200
84Nicolas Cardyn126,500
85Mohsin Charania196,300
86Jean-Noël Thorel83,800
87Jonnie Sonelin65,800
88Salman Behbehani56,500
89Timothy Adams156,600
91Jacques Enjoubault116,500
92Ville Mattila91,100
93Czeslaw Czajkowski37,200
94Tristan Cassagne84,000
95Raphaël Abitbol105,000
96Tristan Wade94,000
97Adam Daya21,500
98Philipp Gruissem280,600
99Dan Djorno62,300
111Kyle Cheong124,900
112Juha Helppi222,800
113Joseph Serock114,000
114Ludovic Riehz23,300
115Jeffrey Rossiter93,900
116Kyle Julius141,200
117Ovi Balaj115,600
118Jérome Douieb108,200
119Nicolas Duquenne88,000
121Rodrigo Caprioli53,100
122Fabrice Touil140,200
123Theo Jorgensen126,900
124Bryan Colin243,300
125Patrick Sacrispeyre97,800
126Alain Roy30,400
127Antonio Subtil32,000
128Sean Jazayeri105,300
129Pasi Heinanen115,400
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