The world's largest-ever poker tournament began on Sunday June 1st at the 2012 WSOP. Michael Mizrachi continues to prove he is one of the best poker players out there and the Main Event is just 5 days away. Get up to speed with the latest results from the 2012 WSOP in this edition of Monday’s blog.
Event #41: $3,000 No Limit Hold 'Em
Australia's Jackie Glazier was looking to become the second female bracelet winner this year as she went heads up against Greg Ostrrander. The two played down to heads up after 10 long hours and decided to come back the following day to play for the bracelet and the $742,072 first place money. Ostrander would prove too much for the Aussie, winning his first-ever bracelet.
Event # 42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Oleksii Kovalchuk $228,014
- George Danzer $140,825
- Mark Gregorich $90,829
- Daniel Ratigan $65,812
- Yuval Brohnstein $48,387
Event #43: $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em
Henry Lu became the 43rd bracelet winner of the 2012 WSOP and earned a cool $654,380 in the process. His win could be considered a miracle, as he was down to fewer than 2 big blinds. On the final day of play, Lu had just 40,000 in chips left. Amazingly, he overcame this deficit and went on to defeat Neil Channing heads up.
Event #44: $1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em
This event was the second largest number of entrants this year at the WSOP with 2,949 players all competing for a piece of $2.6 million in cash. The winner was WSOP newcomer Rocco Palumbo. This was the Italian player’s second cash of the 2012 of WSOP and by far his largest.
Event # 45: $50,000 Players Championship
Photo of Michael Mizrachi from bankrollmob.com
This was one of the most anticipated events in recent years. Only 108 players paid the hefty entry fee, but the total prize pool was over $5 million with more than $1 million going to first place. Michael Mizrachi was at his 3rd final table this year and his second in this very same tournament. He won the event in 2010 and is the first player to repeat. He defeated a stacked final that included Andy Bloch, Luke Schwartz, and Bill Chen. This win moves Mizrachi up to the 4th spot on the all-time WSOP money list.
Other notable cashes include Viktor Blom in 14th, Jeff Lisandro in 13th, John Hennigan in 12th and Daniel Alai in 11th.
Event #46: $2,500 No Limit Texas Hold 'Em
Joey Weissman put on a dominating performance as he busted nearly half of the final table himself. His win earns the youngster $694,609 and his first bracelet. This is Weissman's 3rd cash in the WSOP with 2 coming in last year's series.
Event # 47: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
- Steven Loube $267,345
- Timothy Finne $165,486
- Roch Cousinneau $103,538
- Cameron McKinley $75,152
- Charalampos Lappas $55,479
Event #48: $3,000 Limit Hold 'Em
- Kenny Hsiung $165,205
- Robert Hwang $102,118
- John Virtue $76,244
- Paul Berende $57,310
- Dwyte Pilgrim $43,345
Event #49: $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold 'Em
This event is a new addition to the WSOP and the first of its kind. The ante only tournament plays like most others, with one key difference. There are no blinds in this tournament, but every player must post an ante every hand. To play a hand, one only needs to call the small ante. One would think there would be a good bit of play since no blinds were involved, but to everyone's surprise only 110 players were left out of 939 after just 10 levels of play. Greg Hobson became the first to win this new event, earning a bracelet along with $256,691.
More events are under way as you read this, including the most anticipated event of the series. The Big One for One Drop is a $1 million buy in event with a prize pool of almost $50 million. Only 47 spots were available for this event, with 2 additional spots awarded in a $25,000 mega satellite. Gus Hansen earned his way in by winning the second of these, and he now joins a field that is a list of who's-who in poker. Among the field is Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Erik Seidel, Michael Mizrachi, and more.
The Big One for One Drop, 48 entrants. Photo from espn.go.com
This event is a charity for the One Drop foundation, which was founded by poker player and Cirque De Solei founder, Guy LaLiberté. The charity helps to bring water to areas of the world where it is hard to find fresh drinking water. Part of the buy-in will go towards the charity, and various other companies and players have donated funds as well. So far over $3 million have been raised with more to come.
Much to look forward to on the final stretch of the 2012 WSOP. Only 11 more events to go and 8 are currently under way. The Main Event will begin on July 6th and with 3 starting days. Coverage will begin on ESPN starting July 3rd with the One Drop and will begin airing the Main Event soon after. Stay tuned to Color Up Poker Blog to get the latest news and results from this year's WSOP.
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