In the busiest day so far at the 2012 WSOP, there were no less than six events that saw action.
Event 9, the $1,500 NLHE Re-Entry seems to have been going on for a week, but it’s finally over and Ashkan Razavi emerged victorious taking home the biggest prize to date at this WSOP of over $780,000. In doing so he denied us of a first female bracelet winner when he beat Amanda Musumeci heads up. Brian Rast, who looked like he had his name on this bracelet from the first level of day 1 could only manage 6th place.
Moving on to event 11, the $1,500 PLO, this one also played down to a winner today and Dutchman Vincent van der Fluit is that winner taking away $265, 221 in doing so. Charles Tonne had been crushing this event but fell at the final hurdle, losing the heads up battle with van der Fluit. Bracelet winner Tristan Wade came in third.
In event 12, the big $10,000 NLHE Heads Up event we started play today with 32 players and played three rounds to get us to the final 4. Those four are Brian Hastings, Tommy Chen, Jason Mo and Brock Parker. Vanessa Selbst and Antionio Esfandiari fell in the last 16, with Andrew Robl exiting in the quarter-final round. $371,498 awaits the winner of this one and play gets under way at 1 pm.
In the $1,500 Limit Holdem, just 25 remain from the starting field of 730. Leonid Bilokur leads the way on 318,000 which is 50 big bets. Still in the running are Limit Holdem specialist Jennifer Harmen and Isaac Haxton. Play resumes at 2 pm tomorrow and this one will get all the way down to a winner during that session.
Event 14, the $1,500 NLHE Shootout is a player favorite and began yesterday with a field of 1138. The first round of sit and go action took us all the way down to 120 players who are guaranteed over $5,000. Phil Ivey finally got something going and won his table. Also victorious were Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Gavin Smith, and Jeff Madsen. The 120 remaining players will make up 12 sit n go’s again tomorrow with the final 12 returning to two six handed tables to play down to a winner.
Finally for today, one that the pros look forward to; the $5,000 Stud hi/lo. The 212 strong field included all of the old school TV pros and some faired better than others. Doyle Brunson made his 2012 WSOP debut and had a good day, as did his son Todd who is in the top 10 in chips. The chip leader is Chris Tryba on 63,600 but there are 136 other hopefuls still in. Among them are Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth, Andy Bloch, Jason Mercier, and Daniel Negreanu who has very few chips left.
On tap for tomorrow is event 16, the $1,500 Shorthanded NLHE which begins at 12 pm.
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