Since our last update about WSOP week 2, thirteen more WSOP events have been played out, and thirteen more bracelets have been awarded. After his late first appearance, Phil Ivey is having a terrific 2012 WSOP. He has already made one final table this year and made two more since last Monday. Mike Matusow also made two final tables this year and is proving his worth once again.
Event #16: $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em Six-Handed
Over 1,600 players competed for their share of more than $2.1 million. One player in particular would have the spotlight on them at the final. Mike Matusow looked to win his first bracelet of the year, but was eventually outdone by Matt Matros, who won his third bracelet.
Notable cashes included Kenna James, Chino Rheem, and the infamous Isildur1, who made his first cash of the year coming in at 152.
Event #17: $10,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em
The final table of this event was one of the best this year. It featured four bracelet winners and an Internet pro who just happened to win three SCOOP events, all of whom were competing for first place. Of the nine players at the final, the focus was most prominently on Phil Ivey. Reaching his second final table of the year, he went on to face Andy Frankenberger heads up. Frankenberger ultimately outdid Ivey, denying Ivey his 9th bracelet.
Event #18: $2,500 Razz
Another final table and another big name. Phil Hellmuth was the title of this final table, looking to win his 12th bracelet. Also at the final table were Barry Greenstein, Brandon Cantu, and Scott Fischman. Hellmuth went on to play heads up against Don Zewin. In 1989, when Hellmuth won the Main Event, Zewin placed 3rd. Again, Zewin was outdone, this time by Phil Ivey, who finally won win his first non Hold 'Em bracelet.
Event #19: $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em
A large field of more than 2,300 players entered the Hold ' Em event. It would finally be won by Maryland resident Clifford Goldking. This is Clifford's' first ever cash at the WSOP and it was a good one. Also at the final table was Card Player founder and President, Barry Shulman.
Event #20: $5,000 Limit Hold 'Em
Benjamin Scholl made his second cash in this event in three years. His second was better than his first, as he won the bracelet and over $200,000. The son of Barry Shulman, Jeff, placed 3rd in this event. Not a bad showing for the father-son duo.
Event # 21: $1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em
The largest No Limit event this year had over 2,800 entrants. Brussels resident, Michael Gathy, weeded his way through the crowd and come out on top, winning over $440,000. John Esposito and Eric Baldwin also reached the final table, finishing 5th and 4th respectively.
Event #22: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Low Ball
Another star-packed final table showcased the likes of Barry Greenstein, Layne Flack, Josh Arieh, and Berry Johnston. The chip leader going in to the final was three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi. With so many pros, the bracelet was sure to go to one of them. They all fell short, however, to American Randy Ohel. This is Randy's first bracelet and largest cash at the WSOP.
Event # 23: $3,000 No Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
Canada's Simon Charette defeated a tough final table to win his first bracelet and $145,247 in cash. The final two tables had over $25 million in WSOP cashes combined. Scott Montgomery, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Freddy Deeb, and Eugene Katcholov were competing for first with eighteen left. Only Montgomery and "Elky", however, made the final. Deeb came up short, placing 10th, and Katcholov placed 17th.
Event #24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better
This event saw Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Scotty Nguyen, Meng La and Bart Hanson all playing for top spot. Matusow placed 8th, Hanson 7th, La 4th, and Ivey fell short again, coming in 3rd. The heads up match was between Nguyen and Joe Cassidy. Scotty was in bad shape with only two blinds left at one point, but clawed his way back to put up one heck of a fight. The short stack was too much to overcome, however, and Cassidy went on to win the bracelet and $294,777.
Event # 25: $1,500 Limit shootout
With a small buy in, only 366 players entered the limit event. The winner was New Jersey’s Brian Meinders. Among the players who made the money were also Justin Bonomo and Greg Mueller.
Event #26: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Making his second final table of this event in three years was Austin Scott. He fought through a 2-1 chip deficit to win the event in his second showing. Scott won $361,797 for his first bracelet. Dutch Boyd, Erik Lindgren, and Robert Williamson III were among the players who cashed. This makes Williamson’s 11th cash in a pot limit Omaha event, which is a record for most cashes in a Pot Limit Omaha WSOP event. He has one bracelet to go along with his eleven cashes.
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Former "November Niner" Ylon Schwartz finally won his first bracelet. His win wasn’t easy, as he had to outlast pros such as Allen Cunningham, Chip Jett, and former Main event champ Huck Seed.
Event #28: $2,500 No Limit Hold 'Em Four-Handed
This is the first year for this event at the WSOP and the turnout was better than expected. Over 700 players entered the event, but Canada boasted its third winner when Timothy Adams won his first bracelet and $392,476. Also coming in the money were Eric Froehlich and Gavin Smith.
You can see WSOP Week #1 in review for more WSOP updates.