The bwin World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris kicked off the first of two Day 1 starting flights at the Aviation Club in Paris. The first day of action saw 75 entrants sign up for the event and after five levels of action 58 players remained. Leading the field is Todd Terry with 110,750.
Some 20,000 chips behind Terry sits Gilbert Diaz and he’s only ahead of Jean-Noel Thorel by 50 chips. Also bagging up stacks to move on to Day 2 were Micah Raskin, David Peters, Martin Finger, Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Phil Laak.
Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Heimiller, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth and Jordan Cristos were a few of the players that were not able to survive the day.
The field was rich in talent with many players taking the short train ride over from the World Series of Poker Europe. Terry, Salsberg, Shawn Buchanan, Juanda and Roger Hairabedian were all seated together at the start of play.
Salsberg won the 2012 Grand Prix and used it as a springboard to go on to win WPT Player of the Year. But Salsberg will have to fire another bullet on Saturday after he was eliminated by Terry. He flopped a set of kings but Terry flopped Broadway and Salsberg didn’t fill up.
Hellmuth was eliminated near the end of the night in a hand against Hairabedian. Hellmuth drove the action on the board of 8 8 7 3 with Hairabedian check-calling along the way. The river came 4, Hairabedian shoved and Hellmuth made his trademark quick call. The Frenchman tabled A Q for a flush, Hellmuth flashed an eight as he got up from the table.
Little picked up some necessary chips when he called an opponent’s all in with a straight draw. The board was J 8 4, Little held T 9 and his opponent showed A J. The board finished K 7 and Little earned the knockout.
Cantu was eliminated after flopping an ace holding Ax Kx but Gilbert Diaz flopped a set of nines. The turn and river blanked and Cantu will most likely re-enter on Saturday.
Day 1A Top Ten Chip Counts
- Todd Terry – 110,750
- Gilbert Diaz – 90,100
- Jean-Noel Thorel – 90,050
- Grzegorz Wyraz – 75,000
- Micah Raskin – 70,500
- Roger Hairabedian – 65,850
- David Hoffer – 60,000
- David Peters – 55,225
- Jonathan Little – 55,000
- Anthony Zinno – 53,500
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