WPT Grand Prix de Paris – Hilmi Leads Day 1b

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The second and final Day 1 flight at the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris was finished last night as another 92 players took up the option of trying to take home the title. Only 74 of them did enough to make it into today’s day along with the 58 that managed to navigate their way out of Day 1a.

That brought combined registrations of 171 across both opening day flights, though with registration still open until the start of that day, the prize pool information is not yet ready to be revealed.

Hicham Hilmi ended the day in the best possible position after he played well enough to amass 111,050 chips. This was enough to also give him the overall lead in the event, though only by 300 chips from Todd Terry who topped the counts on Day 1a with 110,750.

He is at the top of a top ten from Day 1b that includes some pretty big names on the scene in the shape of, Jake Schwartz and Matt Salsberg and some other names a little further back too in Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Kara Scott, Dave Ulliot and Steve O’Dwyer.


The second day again saw plenty of eliminations with the most notable of them being Paul Volpe, Bryn Kenney, Jeff Rossiter and Brandon Cantu.


Join us as we bring you the action from Day 2 at around this time tomorrow as we witness the prize pool become available and the players field shortened down even further.

The Top Ten From Day 1b

1st) Hicham Hilmi – 111,050

2nd) Lars Stefan Olofsson – 75,000

3rd) Emile Petit – 74,975

4th) Jake Schwartz – 71,225

5th) Derrick Bessette – 65,675

6th) Kimmo Kurko – 62,525

7th) Jordan Cristos – 60,000

8th) Lauri Pesonen – 57,200

9th) Matt Salsberg – 54,000

10th) Jonnie Sonelin – 52,000