An elite field packed the Aviation Club today for Day 1b of WPT Paris and, as might be expected, notable names pepper the leaderboard as they head to Day 2.
Nobody managed to build the massive stack of Day 1a leader Jacques Enjoubalt (225k), but both Peter Jetten and Matt Salsberg built up stacks slightly larger than the pack to sit just back of Day 1b leader Gregoire Boissenot.
Jetten, known as “Apathy” online and a familiar face on the live tournament circuit, bagged up 83,575 while Salsberg, producer for the hit TV show Weeds, bagged up an identical total.
Down to just 8k in chips at one point, Salsberg hit top set at the exact time Vanessa Selbst tried to make a move with a draw and rode her chips right to the top.
Musician Boissenot bagged up 95,000 to take the honors of Day 1b chip leader but he’ll also be well back of Enjoubault when the 143 players left merge for Day 2 tomorrow.
No Notable Stacks but Several Notable Players
While there wasn’t a notable stack built on Day 1b there was a laundry list of pros who chipped up over the day.
Among the most prominent:
Antoine Saout 77,795
Mohsin Charania 72,250
Salman Behbehani 71,900
Fabrice Soulier 70,000
Michael Mizrachi 69,750
Tony G. 62,450
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 60,300
Faraz Jaka 51,275
Steve O’Dwyer 50,200
Eugene Katchalov 47,675
Also staying alive were David Benyamine, Dan Smith, Kyle Julius, Scott Seiver and Tobias Renkemeier but they’ll start Day 2 with less than the average stack.
Joining the survivors on Day 2 from Day 1a are Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Kara Scott, Jonathan Duhamel and Dan Cates, among others.
The US Department of Justice has filed a new amendment to the complaint against online poker’s three biggest operators, including forfeiture charges against Howard Lederer, Ray Bitar, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst.
The Second Amended Complaint explains in detail the financial history of roughly $137 million in distributions paid to the four Full Tilt Poker owners.
Citing a slew of statutes including the Wire Act, The Illegal Gambling Business Act and now the Travel Act, the DOJ is calling the distributions proceeds of an illegal enterprise and therefore subject to forfeiture.
“There is probable cause to believe that the Defendant Properties constitute, or are traceable to property used in illegal gambling businesses,” states the new complaint.
According to the amended complaint the DOJ will be seeking forfeitures in the amounts of:
$42.5 million from Howard Lederer
$42 million from Chris Ferguson
$40.8 million from Ray Bitar
$11.7 million from Rafe Furst
The complaint goes on to provide details on how Howard Lederer and Ray Bitar spent that money in the roughly four and half years leading up to Black Friday.
Lederer Allegedly Funded Personal Accounts with FTP Funds
According to the DOJ, Howard Lederer used the distributions from Full Tilt Poker to fund his personal accounts, retirement funds, mortgage payments and the purchase of a number of properties and automobiles.
The list of vehicles included a Maserati, four Audis and a 1965 Shelby Cobra.
While the amendment attributed two homes in Glendora, California to Ray Bitar’s FTP distributions, it failed to go into detail in regards to Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst.
The Department of Justice complaint goes on to list 11 additional “Claims for Relief” to justify the forfeitures. The claims allege that FTP committed a long list of violations including illegal gambling, bank adn wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and travel offenses.
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Day 1a has wrapped at WPT Paris with several notable pros off to good starts including Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo and Kara Scott.
Mercier, still #1 on the Global Poker Index despite a run of #justbadluck in tournaments as of late, jumped up over 100k in chips after hitting quads against Will Failla’s full house but dropped slightly to end the night around 70k.
Bonomo, fresh from a deep run at the Partouche Main Event in Cannes, also bagged up around 70k while Party Poker’s Kara Scott – host of the upcoming PokerListings.com Battle of Malta – did the same.
All three sit comfortably in the top 15 although trail three Frenchmen who got off to even better starts on their home turf.
Enjoubault Crushes with 6-3o
Far above the field to end Day 1 is Jacques Enjoubault, who rode the unlikely hand of 6-3 offsuit to the top at the expense of pro Scott Seiver
Calling it one of the “saddest and most absurd” bustouts he can remember, Seiver hit the bricks according to the WPT Live Updates like this:
“Jacques Enjoubault limps into the pot, Seiver also limps before a third player makes a raise. Enjoubault calls, Seiver raises to 4,400 and both players make up the additional price.
“The flop is 8x 5x 4x and the action checks to Seiver who bets 8,000 and just Enjoubault makes the call. The turn is the 2x, Enjoubault checks, Seiver bets 19,000, Enjoubault check-raises to 51,000, Seiver moves all-in and Enjoubault calls.
“Seiver turns over Kx Kx and Enjoubault has managed to find 6x 3x – much to the astonishment of Seiver who is out of the competition.”
Enjoubault ended the day with 225,200 to lead fellow Frenchmen Anthony Lellouche at 178,000 and Basil “the French durrrr” Yaiche in third with 142,475.
Other notable pros to build stacks on Day 1a included:
Juha Helppi 96,200
Theo Jorgenson 77,000
Dominik Nitsche 712000
Fabian Quoss 69,675
Phillip Gruissem 67,875
Tristan Wade 64,000
Marvin Rettenmaier 55,200
Jonathan Duhamel 52,925
Daniel Cates 31,225
Among the pros to bust today were Vanessa Selbst, Michael Mizrachi, Tony G and Partouche main event crushers Dan Smith and Dan O’Brien, but as this is a rebuy event they are welcome to to buy in tomorrow for Day 1b.
After a mixed week of highs and lows on and off the felt, German Ole Schemion will go down in history as the final Partouche Poker Tour main event champion.
Schemion, who moved to the top of the chip counts near the end of Day 3, outlasted a final table of six today in Cannes to cap things off and earn €1,172,850, or roughly $1.5 million USD.
Schemion defeated Russian Karen Sarkisyan heads-up for the win, although Sarkisyan’s runner-up prize of just under $900,000 likely eased his disappointment.
With the announcement of the end of the Partouche Poker Tour for good earlier in the week, Schemion joins Alain Roy, Jean-Paul Pasqualini, Vanessa Selbst and Sam Trickett as the only players to claim a PPT main event championship.
O’Brien, Smith Top Americans
Australian Aaron Lim finished third while American Dan O’Brien, well known as a commentator for the WPT live stream and backed by PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, was the top North American finisher in fourth.
Lim earned €417,499 for third while O’Brien took €341,991.
O’Brien, who was second in chips with 14 players left but dropped to the second-shortest stack entering the final table, couldn’t gain much momentum but did move up a spot for his cash.
Marcello Marigliano from Italy and Fabrice Touli from France were the first to be eliminated at the final table.
Fellow American Dan Smith, now widely considered one of the best No-Limit Hold’em tournament players in the world, bubbled the final table yesterday and finished in seventh for €179,496.
The final nine players and their official payouts:
1. Ole Schemion Germany €1,172,850
2. Karen Sarkisyan Russia €693,494
3. Aaron Lim Australia €417,499
4. Dan O’Brien USA €341,991
5. Marcello Marigliano Italy €267,492
6. Fabrice Touil France €223,498
7. Dan Smith USA €179,496
8. Romero Gomila Spain €139,499
9. Tom Alner UK €105,404
English pro Sam Trickett is the latest player to sign as an ambassador for the International Stadiums Poker Tour.
The first ISPT event – the €20-million guaranteed tournament at Wembley Stadium – is set to take place May 31-June 6, 2013.
“As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event,” Trickett said. “Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker.”
Trickett has been one of the hottest players in poker over the last two years with over $14 million in winnings including notable victories at the Partouche Poker Tour, Aussie Millions Super High Roller and the Party Poker World Open.
Most recently Trickett placed second in the $1 million buy-in BIG ONE for ONE DROP for a staggering $10 million.
The ISPT is unusual in the poker world as the first stage will take place online in the stadium stands with players on their own laptops.
As the tournament continues players will eventually move down to actual tables in the middle of the arena.
The event will also have a unique buy-in structure that starts at €600 for online players, €1,200 for online plus an add-on/rebuy and finally €6,000 for anyone who wants to buy in directly to the live portion of the tournament.
Trickett joins Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as an ambassador for the ISPT.
The ISPT also recently received a live event license to use Wembley Stadium for the event.