WPT Grand Prix de Paris Day 1a concludes; 70 survive

WPT Grand Prix de Paris Day 1a concludes; 70 survive

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The World Poker Tour arrived in Europe yesterday for the Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de Paris with 140 players entering Day 1a and half that number surviving to make it back tomorrow for Day 2. Leading the way is Mikko Sundell, who turned his 30,000 into an impressive 203,800 by the end of play.

He is followed by Canadian PartyPoker qualifier Yann Dion, who built up to 201,400 and became the only other player to cross the 200k milestone. Other notable names with big stacks include Jani Sointula (135,400), Mike Sexton (74,000) and Ludovic Lacey (62,200). Those returning to Day 2 with less than the average stack are no less dangerous for it – November Niner Joseph Cheong (32,000), Finnish TV tournament monster Juha Helppi (32,000) and the UK’s own John Eames (16,000) all made it back for tomorrow’s play.

Last year, Theo Jorgensen triumphed over a field of 247 players to take home a first prize of €638,377 after beating local Antoine Amourette heads-up. This year the field looks set to eclipse 2010 with 107 players needed today in order to beat the €2.35m prize pool set last year.

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