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WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em Results & Report

Grand Prix de Paris - WPT Event / Season 12

WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
Aviation Club de France
104 Champs Elysees
Paris, 75008, FR
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Mohsin Charania Mohsin Charania Wins 2013 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris for $469,477
After five days of poker that included two starting flights, a winner of the Season XII bwin WPT Grand Prix de Paris has been...
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Date: October 25, 2013 Time: 2:30 PM

Buy-In: 7,500 EURO
Prizepool: 1,332,375 EURO
Entries: 187
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Mohsin Charania 328,750 EURO
2 Belarus Vasili Firsau 230,200 EURO
3 Australia Peter Apostolou 148,050 EURO
4 Canada Elliot Smith 109,615 EURO
5 USA Christina Lindley 82,280 EURO
6 Finland Kimmo Kurko 65,790 EURO
7 France Bernard Guigon 54,695 EURO
8 France Ali Mektoub 43,860 EURO
9 France Victor Choupeaux 32,765 EURO
10 Germany Marvin Rettenmaier 23,910 EURO
11 USA Gjergi Sinishtaj 23,910 EURO
12 USA Matt Salsberg 23,910 EURO
13 USA Jason Koon AKA "NovaSky" 19,685 EURO
14 UK Kara Scott 19,685 EURO
15 France Jean Noel Thorel 19,685 EURO
16 Finland Ville Mattila 16,780 EURO
17 France Rony Halimi 16,780 EURO
18 USA Micah Raskin 16,780 EURO
19 France Darko Stojanovic 14,665 EURO
20 USA Byron Kaverman 14,665 EURO
21 France Guy Halimi 14,665 EURO

Tournament Report

Mohsin Charania Wins 2013 World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris for $469,477

After five days of poker that included two starting flights, a winner of the Season XII bwin WPT Grand Prix de Paris has been crowned. In the end, it was Mohsin Charania who was able to overcome a large chip disadvantage to clinch the title and the $469,477 in first-place prize money.

The final table began with Vasili Firsau holding a commanding chip lead over the field. Firsau continued to extend his lead by eliminating the first player at the final table, Kimmo Kurko. Kurko, who began the table as the short stack, managed to double up twice early on and yet still found himself as the first casualty. Kurko’s tournament life came to an end when he was all in with {a-}{q-} against Firsau’s {J-}{J-}. Kurko found no help on the community cards and was eliminated in sixth place for $90,845.

Christina Lindley was out to make history with an attempt to become the first ever woman to win a WPT championship in an open event. Unfortunately for the member of WPT Ones to Watch, she exited from the tournament in fifth place. During her final hand, Elliot Smith opened with a raise and Lindley moved all in over the top from the cutoff. Action folded to Firsau who announced an all in bet over the top from the big blind and Smith let go of his cards. Lindley showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} but found that Firsau woke up with a dominating {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}. The pocket rockets held up and Lindley was eliminated.

Smith was the next to fall, and the elimination once again came at the hands of Firsau. Smith three-bet all in before the flop and Firsau called.

Smith: {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}
Firsau: {J-Spades}{J-Clubs}

Firsau held the lead heading to the flop and extended his lead to a death grip after he flopped a set with {J-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. The board completed with the {Q-Spades} and the {Q-Diamonds}, ensuring that Smith would find a walk to the rail in fourth place.

Peter Apostolu became the third place finisher when he found himself all in before the flop holding {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} against Firsau’s {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}. Apostolu flopped a full house when three fives ({5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}) hit the felt. Fourth street was the {7-Hearts}, meaning Apostolu was looking good to secure a double. Unfortunately for Apostolou, the {K-Hearts} drilled the river, giving Firsau fives full of kings to continue his streak of domination. Apostolou collected $204,432 for finishing in third place.

It was truly a David and Goliath story as Charania took on the mighty Firsau in heads-up play. Firsau began the match with a 7-to-1 chip advantage, which meant that Charania truly had his work cut out for him. Despite Charania doubling twice during the early goings of the heads-up match, Firsau was able to pound him back down to his last 600,000. According to the WPT Live Updates, Charania then found himself all in holding just {Q-Hearts}{4-Hearts} against Firsau’s {A-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} before the flop.

The dealer produced a flop that read {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts}, giving Firsau top pair and what looked to be the championship. Charania picked up a few outs to make a wheel for miracle double when the {2-Clubs} fell on fourth street. And then, amazingly, the {5-Diamonds} rolled off on the river, and Charania was right back in the game.

From there, Charania went on a tear and won pot after pot until he took the chip lead for the first time at the final table. Eventually, the match came to a head when Charania opened to 165,000 at 40,000/80,000/10,000. Firsau three-bet all in and Charania snapped him off.

Charania: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Firsau: {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}

The two were flipping for the title, and after a run out of {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs} Charania was crowned the victor while Firsau was eliminated in second place for $317,867.

With the win, Charania now owns two legs of poker's Triple Crown after winning the PokerStars.com and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final in 2012. He fell just shy of a World Series of Poker bracelet this summer in Las Vegas, but Charania is nonetheless proving himself as one of the top tournament players in the world.



World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris Day 3: Firsau Leads, Salsberg Eyes Back-to-Back

On Monday, Season XII of the World Poker Tour continued with Day 3 of the 2013 bwin World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris at the Aviation Club de France. Day 3 began with 65 players returning to the felt, and by the end of play just 24 remained. Vasili Firsau finished the day at the top of the counts with 756,000 in chips.

Firsau gained a majority of his chips when he came alive in the 14th level of play and scored the eliminations of many notable players. The first to fall at Firsau's hands was David Peters. Peters found himself all in with {K-}{Q-} against Firsau's {A-}{J-}. Firsau's hand held up and Peters was sent to the rail. Not long after, Firsau scored the knockout of Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot when his pocket nines held through the community cards against the Devilfish's {A-}{K-}. Finally, Firsau won one more race situation to send David Boyaciyan home when his {4-}{4-} held against {A-}{10-}.

While Firsau holds the biggest stack heading into Day 4, the name on everybody's lips is that of defending champion Matt Salsberg. Salsberg had a relatively quiet day but still managed to finish with a top ten stack. Salsberg has navigated this exact territory just one year earlier and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with heading into the final 24. He will return with 218,500 in chips.

Firsau and Salsberg only make up a small percentage of the final 24 players. Joining those two back for Day 4 will be Jean-Noel Thorel (458,000), Kimmo Kurko (355,500), Christina Lindley (237,500), Jason Koon (206,500), Byron Kaverman (166,500), Ville Mattila (151,000), Kara Scott (145,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (125,000), Mohsin Charania (102,500), and Micah Raskin (64,000).

The chip leaders of both Day 1a and 1b fell as Day 3 progressed. The first of which, Todd Terry, ran {A-}{Q-} into Thorel's {A-}{K-} before the flop. Terry could not catch up and he was eliminated from play. Day 1b chip leader, Hicham Hilmi was eliminated by both Kara Scott and Gjergj Sinishtaj. According to WPT Live Updates, Hilmi held {J-}{J-} before the flop while Scott and Sinishtaj shared outs by both holding {A-}{K-}. Despite this fact, an ace rolled off on the flop and Hilmi's chips were chopped by the two surviving players.

Other notable eliminations on the day include Barry Greenstein, Bryn Kenney, Timothy Adams, Tony G, Shawn Buchanan, Joni Jouhkimainen, Roger Hairabedian, Shannon Shorr, and member of WPT Ones to Watch Athanasios Polychronopoulos.

Play will resume for Day 4 at 2:30 p.m. CET where the field will be whittled down to the final table of six.

End of Day 3 Players and Chip Counts

NAME TABLE SEAT CHIPS
GJERGJ SINISHTAJ 5 1 210,000
VILLE MATTILA 5 2 151,000
BYRON KAVERMAN 5 3 166,500
MATTHEW SALSBERG 5 4 218,500
JASON KOON 5 5 206,500
DAVID HU 5 6 291,500
JONNIE SOMELM 5 7 74,500
ALI MEKHTOUB 5 8 189,500
PETER APOSTULOU 6 1 548,500
ELLIOT SMITH 6 2 46,500
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 6 3 125,000
GUY HALIMI 6 4 234,000
CHRISTINA LINDLEY 6 5 237,500
JEAN-NOEL THOREL 6 6 458,000
MOHSIN CHARANIA 6 7 102,500
KARA SCOTT 6 8 155,000
VICTOR CHOUPEAUX 7 1 120,500
ELDOS DAVIET 7 2 195,500
VASILI FIRSAU 7 3 756,500
KIMMO KURKO 7 4 350,500
BERNARD GUIGON 7 5 157,500
RONY HALIMI 7 6 265,500
DARKO STOJANOVIC 7 7 275,500
MICAH RASKIN 7 8 64,000





World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris Day 2: Defending Champ Matt Salsberg In Front

Day 2 of the 2013 bwin World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris took place on Sunday, and at the end of play it was a familiar face leading the remaining competitors. Defending champion Matt Salsberg found himself bagging up the chip lead following another five levels of play, putting him in excellent position to make another very deep run. Salsberg finished with 212,600 in chips.

According to the WPT live updates, Salsberg is trailed closely by Day 1b chip leader Hicham Hilmi, Vasili Firsau, Connor Drinan, and David Peters. Peters is fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe €25,600 High Roller for €150,500.

Other notables still remaining in the field are Day 1a chip leader Todd Terry, former two-time WPT champion Marvin Rettenmaier, Bryn Kenney, Timothy Adams, and Jason Koon.

While those players are advancing to Day 3, plenty of big names hit the rail on Day 2. Lee Markholt, Steve O'Dwyer, Paul Volpe, Antoine Saout, and Adrian Mateos were just a handful of names to get felted.

Mateos was fresh of a huge win at the 2013 WSOP Europe where he took down the prestigious Main Event for €1,000,000 and his first gold bracelet. In the WPT Paris Main Event, it was Rettenmaier that did him in, though. On a flop of {10-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, the WPT live updates team reported that Mateos moved all in for around 52,000. Rettenmaier made the call with the {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a big draw. Mateos had the {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} for a larger flush draw than Rettenmaier's, but it was the {7-Spades} on the turn that ended up delivering the winning hand as Rettenmaier made a straight. The river was the {3-Spades} to complete the board.

Following the closing of registration, 187 entries had been tallied. From those, the top 21 places will be paid with first place set at €340,000 plus the WPT Championship seat. Day 3 will begin at 2:30 p.m.

End of Day 2 Players and Chip Counts

Name Table Seat Chips
DAVID RANDALL 5 1 65,500
ELLIOT SMITH 5 2 115,000
MARVIN RETTENMAIER 5 3 128,300
BYRON KAVERMAN 5 4 33,900
ALI MEKHTOUB 5 5 109,100
ANDREI DEMIDOV 5 6 132,300
DIMITRI HOLDEEW 5 7 147,700
CANDIDO GONCALVES 5 8 50,400
EMILE PETIT 5 9 110,800
DANIEL BOYACIYAN 6 1 75,500
CEDRIC WEINBERG 6 2 96,800
BRYN KENNEY 6 3 90,300
VASILI FIRSAU 6 4 193,300
CONNOR DRINAN 6 5 175,000
SHAWN BUCHANAN 6 6 51,200
JAKE SCHWARTZ 6 7 57,800
KIMMO KURKO 6 8 139,700
TONY GUOGA 7 1 24,500
TIMOTHY ADAMS 7 2 79,900
HICHAM HILMI 7 3 200,700
SHANNON SHORR 7 4 26,200
KARA SCOTT 7 5 73,300
GUY HALIMI 7 6 97,900
GJERGJ SINISHTAJ 7 7 103,300
PHILIPPE KTORZA 7 8 139,300
CONOR SHELLY 8 1 24,000
DAVID PETERS 8 2 171,200
ANTONIOS PAPADOPOULOS 8 3 64,300
BERNARD GUIGON 8 4 134,600
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 8 5 41,700
DAVE ULLIOTT 8 6 37,000
STEFAN OLOFSSON 8 7 77,200
JASON KOON 8 8 76,400
CHRISTOPHE PALMERI 9 1 49,500
BARRY GREENSTEIN 9 2 35,200
ALEXANDER GRIBOV 9 3 66,000
MOHSIN CHARANIA 9 4 59,300
RONY HALIMI 9 5 51,300
CARY ATKINS 9 6 39,600
PETER APOSTULOU 9 7 130,300
MOHAMED EL BAKKOURI 9 8 40,600
WINFRED YU 10 1 51,800
ATHANASIOS GEORGE POLYCHRONOPOULOS 10 2 82,600
JONNIE SOMELM 10 3 108,200
GIUSEPPE ZARBO 10 4 35,800
JEAN-NOEL THOREL 10 5 84,500
VITALY LUNKIN 10 6 34,800
VICTOR CHOUPEAUX 10 7 106,900
MARTIN KOZLOV 10 8 82,600
TODD TERRY 11 1 134,100
ELDOS DAVIET 11 2 113,200
IMAD DERWICHE 11 3 38,900
VILLE MATTILA 11 4 42,400
CHRISTINA LINDLEY 11 5 99,700
MICAH RASKIN 11 6 112,000
JONI JOUHKIMAINEN 11 7 104,200
RICARDO MANQUANT 11 8 155,400
DARKO STOJANOVIC 12 1 93,700
DORI YACOUB 12 2 55,100
DAVID HU 12 3 72,600
MATTHEW SALSBERG 12 4 212,600
MATHER MATHER 12 5 53,800
DANIEL LAIDLAW 12 6 39,800
MILCE WATSON 12 7 24,400
JONATHAN LITTLE 12 8 77,800





End of Day 1B Players and Chip Counts

Name AIDO TABLE Seat Chips
SERGIO ALAEI 10 9 36250
DANIEL AMIEL 2 5 14100
ALEXANDRE ANDLER 12 8 30375
CHRISTOPHER APOSTULOU 3 4 27875
PETER ATKINS 2 7 20575
CARY WILLIAM AZNAR 16 2 55175
PASCAL BANWARI 14 7 19500
NARENDRA BAUER 11 5 33075
ALAIN BERENDE 12 1 30800
PAUL BESSETTE 7 1 47475
DERRICK BOISSENOT 6 7 65675
GREGOIRE BOUJENAH 16 8 47275
ILAN BOYACIYAN 8 4 46750
DANYEL BRECHER 8 3 20300
STEVEN BRION 15 9 21450
JEROME BUCHANAN 8 5 60200
SHAWN CANDIDO GONCALVES 3 5 39700
MONTEIRO CARAPETA DE ARAUJO 3 7 56475
HIPOLITO CASTAIGNON 3 2 66225
REMI CHARANIA 4 5 15650
MOHSIN CHOUPEAUX 1 6 47425
VICTOR CORANSON 9 6 52800
FRED COTE 1 9 31050
JEFF CRISTOS 2 2 30325
JORDAN DAHAN 4 3 24000
REFAEL DAHER 14 2 2450
ALBERT DAVIET 4 4 57575
ELDOS DEEB 9 4 52975
KASSEM DEMIDOV 15 7 55275
ANDREI DHORASOO 11 8 28175
VIKASH DIAZ 9 9 64100
GILBERT DOVZHENKO 16 6 90100
ALEXANDER DRINAN 6 1 12550
CONNOR EL BAKKOURI 4 9 77000
MOHAMED ESPOSITO 8 2 25975
MICHAEL FARAG 2 4 28700
FADHIL FAUTEUX 5 4 44250
JULIEN FINGER 11 1 34150
MARTIN FIRSAU 8 6 22050
VASILI FLORENTIN 3 6 10525
ERIC GERIN 15 2 25750
REBECCA GREENSTEIN 12 4 25375
BARRY GRIBOV 8 9 32325
ALEXANDER GUIGON 11 2 42425
BERNARD HAIRABEDIAN 7 7 23575
ROGER HALIMI 9 5 65850
GUY HALIMI 7 5 34750
RONY HEEB 4 6 13750
RANDAL HEIMILLER 7 2 51625
DAN HILMI 2 9 23225
HICHAM HOFFER 11 4 111050
DAVID HOLDEEW 10 3 58975
DIMITRI HU 3 1 35200
DAVID HUNTLY 10 1 17700
GORDON JACOBSON 14 5 14000
MARTIN JOHNSON 15 1 8100
GARY JOUHKIMAINEN 3 3 19075
JONI PETTERI JOYNER IV 11 9 35225
JAMES AUGUSTUS JUANDA 1 4 34525
JOHNSON KAVERMAN 1 1 32000
BYRON KELLY 6 9 30625
DANIEL KISACIKOGLU 15 8 34875
ORPEN KOON 5 5 44450
JASON KOZLOV 4 2 22500
MARTIN KTORZA 9 1 37175
PHILIPPE KURKO 7 9 31575
KIMMO LAAK 1 3 62525
PHIL LAIDLAW 14 8 52600
DANIEL LAUCK 10 2 32525
JONAS LELLOUCHE 5 9 36425
DANIEL LIN 11 6 27600
XILONG LINDLEY 12 2 3575
CHRISTINA LITTLE 8 7 38575
JONATHAN LUNKIN 4 1 55000
VITALY MANQUANT 14 1 34925
RICARDO MARKHOLT 14 6 44500
LEE MARQUEZ 5 6 9650
ANA MATEOS 4 8 23450
ADRIAN MATHER 15 5 26450
ROBERT VAUGHN MATHER 12 7 41000
ROBERT VAUGHN MATTERN 12 9 25700
ARNAUD MATTILA 4 7 15025
VILLE ANTERO MEKHTOUB 5 8 39375
ALI MIKKANEN 8 1 25075
NIKO NOVI 10 5 29925
LAURENT O DWYER 16 3 36100
STEPHEN OLOFSSON 1 8 19825
STEFAN PALMERI 16 7 86825
CHRISTOPHE PAPADOPOULOS 16 5 53775
ANTONIOS PEREDA GUILLEN 6 4 33475
ANGEL PEREIRA 2 6 51100
ALEXANDRE PESCHEL 7 3 36850
JULIAN PESONEN 16 1 18450
LAURI PETERS 3 8 57200
DAVID PETIT 1 5 55225
EMILE POLCHLOPEK 2 1 74975
MICHAL POLYCHRONOPOULOS 12 5 17675
ATHANASIOS GEORGE PUSSET 2 3 36375
CYRIL RAGHAVAN 5 7 24300
RAVI RANDALL 2 8 28725
DAVID RASKIN 16 9 20325
MICAH REARD 9 8 70500
ALEXANDRE ROHR 3 9 26400
JEAN PHILIPPE SALSBERG 10 6 8350
MATTHEW SANIOGLU 7 8 51000
EKREM SAVVIDES 12 6 42850
ANASTASIOS SCHEMION 8 8 44800
OLE SCHWARTZ 1 2 25150
JAKE SCOTT 11 3 71225
KARA SEGOURA 16 4 30975
CAROLE SHELLY 1 7 11225
CONOR BRIAN SHORR 7 6 48300
SHANNON SHULMAN 14 4 27550
ALLYN JOFFREY SHULMAN 11 7 40425
BARRY SINISHTAJ 6 6 30625
GJERGJ SMITH 9 2 65700
ELIOT SONELIN 5 2 43700
JONNIE TAVERNIER 6 8 61350
DAVID TERRY 10 8 42650
TODD THOREL 6 2 110750
JEAN NOEL ULLIOTT 6 3 90050
DAVID WANNANWO 5 3 24000
BENJAMIN WATSON 9 3 32025
MICHAEL WEINBERG 14 3 38200
CEDRIC WEINMAN 7 4 46100
DANIEL WYRAZ 5 1 41025
GRZEGORZ YACOUB 10 7 68750
DORI YARCHEVER 15 6 58350
JEFFREY ALAN YU 9 7 35000
WINFRED ZARBO 15 3 32350
GIUSEPPE ZINNO 10 4 44925
ANTHONY 4 9 53500





End of Day 1A Players and Chip Counts

OLE SCHEMION 1 2 25150
DAVID PETERS 1 5 55225
MOHSIN CHARANIA 1 6 47425
ATHANASIOS GEORGE POLYCHRONOPOULOS 2 3 36375
DIMITRI HOLDEEW 3 1 35200
HIPOLITO CARAPETA DE ARAUJO 3 2 66225
SHAWN BUCHANAN 3 5 39700
VASILI FIRSAU 3 6 10525
ALEXANDRE REARD 3 9 26400
JONATHAN LITTLE 4 1 55000
JASON KOON 4 2 22500
REMI CASTAIGNON 4 5 15650
CONNOR DRINAN 4 9 77000
ANTHONY ZINNO 4 9 53500
ORPEN KISACIKOGLU 5 5 44450
LEE MARKHOLT 5 6 9650
ALEXANDER DOVZHENKO 6 1 12550
TODD TERRY 6 2 110750
JEAN NOEL THOREL 6 3 90050
BARRY SHULMAN 6 6 30625
BYRON KAVERMAN 6 9 30625
RANDAL HEEB 7 2 51625
ALEXANDRE PEREIRA 7 3 36850
MARTIN FINGER 8 6 22050
CHRISTINA LINDLEY 8 7 38575
MARTIN KOZLOV 9 1 37175
GJERGJ SINISHTAJ 9 2 65700
BENJAMIN WANNANWO 9 3 32025
ROGER HAIRABEDIAN 9 5 65850
JEFFREY ALAN YARCHEVER 9 7 35000
MICAH RASKIN 9 8 70500
VIKASH DHORASOO 9 9 64100
DANIEL LAIDLAW 10 2 32525
DAVID HOFFER 10 3 58975
GRZEGORZ WYRAZ 10 7 68750
DAVID TAVERNIER 10 8 42650
SERGIO AIDO 10 9 36250
DANIEL LELLOUCHE 11 6 27600
ALLYN JOFFREY SHULMAN 11 7 40425
ANDREI DEMIDOV 11 8 28175
JONI PETTERI JOUHKIMAINEN 11 9 35225
ALEXANDRE AMIEL 12 8 30375
ROBERT VAUGHN MATHER 12 9 25700
MARTIN JACOBSON 15 1 8100
ERIC FLORENTIN 15 2 25750
WINFRED YU 15 3 32350
KASSEM DEEB 15 7 55275
DANIEL KELLY 15 8 34875
STEVEN BRECHER 15 9 21450
CARY WILLIAM ATKINS 16 2 55175
CHRISTOPHE PALMERI 16 5 53775
GILBERT DIAZ 16 6 90100
VITALY LUNKIN 17 1 34925
REFAEL DAHAN 17 2 2450
MICHAEL WATSON 17 3 38200
SHANNON SHORR 17 4 27550
GORDON HUNTLY 17 5 14000
PHIL LAAK 17 8 52600

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