Day 3 began with 63 of the original 228 runners – just 36 eliminations away from the money. It took nearly ten hours to reach the money, and the bubble boy was Antony Lellouche, who suffered a terrible cooler – he ran kings into Bryan Colin’s aces.
Philipp Gruissem is once again the end-of-day chip leader. He finished Day 3 with 1,060,000 chips, with thanks to a massive pot he won against Ekrem Sanioglu. Gruissem and Sanioglu saw a flop of , and Gruissem checked to Sanioglu who fired 28,000. Gruissem check-raised to around 100,000, and Sanioglu quickly moved all in.
Sanioglu needled Gruissem, telling him he had “plenty of chips,” and Gruissem responded with an apology.
“I am sorry if I suck out on you,” he told Sanioglu as he called.
Sanioglu was well ahead with for a set of nines, but Gruissem was drawing live with . The on the turn was a brick, but the spiked on the river, giving Gruissem a winning straight.
Matt Salsberg had himself another nice day, finishing with 951,000 chips. Salsberg eliminated Marko Neumann, Tony G, David Benyamine, Patrick Sacrispeyre, and Antonio Subtil during Day 3, and according to Salsberg, he’s flopped five sets of deuces in the past two days.
Joining Gruissem and Salsberg at the top of the counts are Idris Ambraisse (591,000), Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes (440,000), Joe Serock (411,000), and Jérome Douieb (402,000).
When Lellouche burst the bubble, Jason Mercier was the first player to bow out. He was crippled down to less than ten big blinds during hand-for-hand play, and got the rest of his chips in the middle with against the of Florian Leconte. The jacks held as the board ran out , and Mercier was forced to settle with a mincash.
WPT Champions Club member Sean Jazayeri and Giacomo Fundaro were only other players to be eliminated after the bubble burst. Jazayeri moved his short stack in the middle with , and Serock looked him up with . Serock held, and Jazayeri hit the rail. A few hands later, Fundaro three-bet jammed with two sixes only to run into Mohsin Charania’s two kings. The kings held, and Fundaro was also eliminated.
Entering the day there were two former Grand Prix de Paris champions alive, but with Benyamine’s elimination only one remains; Theo Jorgensen. Jorgensen had a very up and down day, but he’s alive with 201,000 chips, and looking to be the first every two-time champion of this event.
All 24 players will return tomorrow at 1500 CEST to play down to the official final table of six. We’ll have all of the live updates here at PokerNews.com, so make sure to check back then.