German high-roller king Phillip Gruissem grabbed the chip lead with 63 players left at WPT Paris but an elite field is breathing down his neck as they head to Day 3.
The man known as Philbort online was the star of a highlight-reel day of poker in Paris with tables of death scattered around the room.
Busting 2012 WSOP champ Jonathan Duhamel along the way, Gruissem bagged up 280,600 to sit atop the pack heading into the money and playdown to the final table of six tomorrow.
Right behind Gruissem in the top five are online poker pro Bryan Colin (243,300), Weeds producer Matt Salsberg (229,700), Finnish pro Juha Helppi (222,800) and Giacomo Fundaro (216,000) but they only hint at the stacked field awaiting Day 3.
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Starting directly off the top 5 is an A-list of pros with significant titles to their names.
- Mohsin Charania 196,300
- Anthony Lellouche 184,500
- Andrew Lichtenberger 178,000
- Faraz Jaka 157,400
- Peter Jetten 156,600
- Kyle Julius 141,000
- Jason Mercier 140,700
- David Benyamine 137,600
- Theo Jorgenson 126,000
- Tim Adams 125,000
- Antoine Saout 120,300
- Joe Serock 114,000
The list doesn’t stop there as Erik Cajelais, Fabrice Soulier, Dominik Nitsche, Salman Behbahani, Tristan Wade, Tony G. and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier are all still alive.
Notable bustouts today included Nicolas Levi, Michael Mizrachi, Marvin Rettenmeier, Matt Waxman, Tobias Reinkemeier, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith and Eugene Katchalov.
Action picks up tomorrow at the Aviation Club in Paris at 3 pm; follow along with the WPT Live Updates.