A happening week at the 2012 WSOP! Phil Ivey finally makes a little noise this year, Phil Hellmuth continues his dominance in the WSOP, and some new faces are introduced to the poker world. See previous mONday POKER blog post for WSOP Week #1 in Review for Events #1 - #5.
Event #6: $5,000 no Limit Hold 'Em Mixed Max
A few new events were added to this year's WSOP, and the mixed max event was one of the more anticipated. This event starts off with nine-handed play on the first day. The second day changes over to six max and the final two days are played heads up. The prize pool reached almost $2 million with 409 players all competing for the first bracelet in this new event.
Aubin Cazals of France would become the winner and take home $480,564 after defeating Joseph Cheong in the final heads up match. Not many big names made the money in this event, the most notable familiars being Gavin Smith and Viktor Ramdin.
Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
The stud events seem to bring out the best players and always make for a tough tournament. This one would be no different. A tough final table featured former Main Event runner-up David Williams, high stakes pro Barry Greenstein, and long time veteran Andy Bloch. Williams took the chip lead to the final, but couldn't hold out as it came down to Bloch and Greenstein. Bloch would eventually win his first ever bracelet after a hard fought heads up battle. His victory earns $126,363, but I'm sure the bracelet that has eluded Bloch for years is just as sweet as the cash.
Event #8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo split 8 or Better
Event #8 also saw a first bracelet winner in the form of former Air Force pilot, Herbert Tapscott. He outlasted 967 players and a final table that included Gavin Griffin and Jon Racener. Griffin would play Tapscott heads up and at one point was down 3-1 in chips. He would fight back and bring the chip counts even, but one hand quickly wiped all that hard work away. Tapscott flopped the nut flush and by the river Griffin had lost half his stack. Tapscott would never look back and would win $264,400 for his victory.
Event #9: $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em Re-Entry
Another of the new events added this year was the re-entry. A re-entry is an event in which players who busted on day one can buy back in on day 2. The event saw some big numbers with over 3,400 entries making a whopping $4.5 million prize pool. The lucky winner would be Canada's Ashkan Razavi for $781,398.
Event #10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud
With only 145 players registered for the stud event, this was one of the smaller tournaments of the WSOP. But size definitely didn’t matter here, as the field was packed with some of the best in the world. The final table alone had 4 previous bracelet winners including five-time winner Jeffrey Lisandro. John Monnette would win his second career bracelet after defeating Huu Vinh and take home $190,000 in the process.
Only 16 players cashed in the stud event. Among them were Nick Schulman in 16th, Max Pescatorri in 12th, and Cindy Violette in 11th. Also making his third cash this year was Mike Sexton, placing 15th. This is Mike’s second stud cash, finishing 15th in both events.
Event #11: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
More than 900 players would enter the Omaha event, making for a $1.3 million prize pool. Surprisingly, there were no big names that even made the money in this event. The winner would be the Netherlands’ Vincent Van Der Fluit, who took home $265,211 along with his first bracelet.
Event #12: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold 'Em
This is one of the more prestigious events coveted by the pros. To win the event one has to defeat 7 of the best players in the world in consecutive heads up matches.
Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold 'Em
Pennsylvania's David Arsht would win his first bracelet and over $200,000 in one of the more boring events at the WSOP. A total of 730 players entered the Limit hold 'Em event and 81 spots paid out. Among the cashes were Justin Bonomo in 75th, Jennifer Harmon in 18th, Humberto Brenes in 35th, and Men Ngyuen in 74th.
Event #14: $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em Shootout (2,000 player max)
The shootout out event can be compared to winning a bunch of online sit-n-gos in a row. Seattle resident Brandon Schaefer would perform this mammoth task and take home more than $300,000 and his first bracelet. Brandon's story is interesting, as he nearly skipped the event entirely. Previously, he was an online pro, but grew tired of the grind and needed a change. That change was the U.S. Army. Eight months ago Brandon enlisted in the Army, and will be heading to helicopter pilot school in just two weeks. He nearly forgot about the WSOP and decided to enter only one event. That event was of course the shootout, where he made his impressive win.
Also making the money in this event was Phil Ivey. This marks his first WSOP cash this year as he placed 118th. Also making the money were Jeff Madsen, Layne Flack, and Scott Clements.
Event #15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo split 8 or Better
This was probably the most awaited final of the WSOP so far. The top 20 players had some of the biggest names in the business. Competing for top spot were Phil Hellmuth, Eli Elezra, Todd Brunson, Andy Bloch, John Monnette, and Phil Ivey. Only three would make it to the final table, however, and none would go on to win. Hellmuth placed 15th, Elezra 19th and Bloch 20th. Ivey would finish in 7th place while Monnette and Brunson would place 3rd and 2nd. The winner would be Andrew Friedman, who wins his first bracelet and $269,037.
More bracelets will be awarded in the coming days and we look forward to bringing you all the updates and important news. The action is heating up and the big names are looking to make their voices heard. It's going to be an exciting few weeks so stay tuned for all the latest news.