Grand Prix de Paris Down to 24 Players, Vasili Firsau Leads

Vasili Firsau leads the final 24 players in Paris. (Photo c/o WPT)

Vasili Firsau leads the final 24 players in Paris. (Photo c/o WPT)

Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris resumed with 65 players remaining. After a full day of action the field was reduced to 24 remaining players with Vasili Firsau leading the field after bagging up 756,00.

Firsau has a 200,000 chip cushion over second place Peter Apostolou (548,000). Jean-Noel Thorel sits a distant third (458,000) and Kimmo Kurko is even further back with (358,000).

Still, they are way above average and joining them for Day 4 will be Darko Stojanovic, Christina Lindley, Matt Salsberg, Jason Koon, Kara Scott and Marvin Rettenmaier.

Play ended on the evening three spots shy of the money bubble. Guarded play is expected for Day 5 with the minimum payout of $20,250 just four eliminations away.

Some of the high profile players that hit the rail today included Shannon Shorr, Timothy Adams, Jonathan Little, Jake Schwartz, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Watson, Bryn Kenney and Barry Greenstein.

Koon hit a key double up late in play for his tournament life against Christina Lindley. Koon three-bet shoved in late position and Lindley asked for a count in the big blind. She called with pocket queens and Koon needed a little luck to stay alive holding K Q. The board ran K K 8 3 7 and Lindley paid him off while she maintained a healthy stack.

Watson was eliminated after his aces were cracked by Darko Stojanovic. The two players had their stacks in the middle prelfop, Stojanovic held pocket kings and spiked a king on the flop. No help came for Watson and he was eliminated.

Day 1A chip leader Todd Terry got his short stack all in preflop after Kara Scott opened and Bernard Guigon called. Then Jean-Noel Thorel made it 62,400 to play and Scott and Guigon folded. Thorel tabled A K, Terry held A Q and the board ran J 9 7 J 4. Terry was elimnated and Thorel stayed near the top of the leader board.

Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Vasili Firsau – 756,000
  2. Peter Apostolou – 548,000
  3. Jean-Noel Thorel – 458,000
  4. Kimmo Kurko – 291,000
  5. David Hu – 291,000
  6. Darko Stojanovic – 275,500
  7. Rony Halimi – 265,500
  8. Christina Lindley – 237,500
  9. Guy Halimi – 234,000
  10. Matt Salsberg – 210,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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