Darcourt, Ebanks and Karr Cruising at WPT Paris

Guillaume Darcourt
Guillaume Darcourt

Day 1b is complete at the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris and it’s famously pink-haired Frenchman Guillaume Darcourt who finished the day with the most chips.

Darcourt, who featured prominently in this year’s WSOP Main Event coverage, ran his 30k starting stack up to 198,500 by the end of the day to lead all Day 1b runners.

He'll start third in chips in the merged Day 2 field tomorrow.

All told, 167 players from the total 312 that registered over Days 1a and b will be returning to the felt tomorrow at 2 p.m. Paris time.  

Among them will be Joe Ebanks and McLean Karr, who also ran their chip stacks up today.

2011 WSOP bracelet winner Ebanks sits on 142,600 in chips and will come into Day 2 sitting near the top of the big stacks.

Karr, recent Parx Open Classic Main Event winner, former WPT Bay 101 champ and boyfriend of Tatjana Pasalic, bagged up 133,200 to end the day to be another of the big stacks tomorrow.

Also returning from Day 1b will be Jason Mercier, WPT host Tony Dunst, Russian Max Lykov, 888 Poker pro Tyler Bonkowski and 2011 WSOP November Niner Sam Holden.

Among the bigger names returning from Day 1a are overall chip leader Mikko Sundell, WPT anchor Mike Sexton, WSOP 2010 November Niner Joe Cheong, Finn Juha Helppi and Sorel Mizzi.

First-place finisher at WPT Paris will take home €500,000 and a $25,000 seat to the WPT World Championship in April.

The runner-up will earn €311,100 and a €3,500 WPT Amneville ticket. Third place takes €211,100 and a €2,000 WPT National Paris Open of Poker seat.

Follow along with the WPT Live Updates from the Aviation Club de France here.

Final-table coverage begins Saturday and will be available streaming online on a 30-minute delay with hole cards and commentary.

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