Day 2 of the 2012 WSOP and things are in full swing, with 3 events still on the go at the close of play.
Event #2, the $1,500 no limit holdem had 240 players remaining at the start of play today and it wasn’t long before the bubble burst, as there were a lot of short-stacks in the room. As predicted, we didn’t quite get down to the final table, but we’re not far off, with 15 players remaining. Phil Hellmuth isn’t among them and the search for bracelet number 12 continues, after he shoved his 18bb in with AJo to get called by Frenchman Antoine Nowak who celebrated in ridiculously excessive fashion when his JJ held up. There are a few big names that are among the final 15 though. Vanessa Selbst is chasing bracelet number 2 and J.P. Kelly and Andrew Badecker are also still in, but they’re all looking up at chip leader Jacob Bazeley who’s sat on 1.3M at the end of the 6k-12k-2k level. This one comes back tomorrow at 1 pm where they’ll battle for the $517,725 first prize.
The $3,000 heads up NLHE/PLO mixed event got underway at midday and it was something of a fiasco. The numbers fell far short of the 512 player cap and the tournament organisers made a mess of arranging the bye system which would decide the players that would move on to round two without having to play a match. Even after registration was closed for over an hour, an angry Phil Galfond wasn’t allowed to leave his empty table. (https://twitter.com/PhilGalfond/status/207565713202872320).
Eventually they got things sorted and the first round matches began. Phil Ivey was back to work but couldn’t overcome training site instructor Aaron Jones in round 1. Daniel Negreanu also exited early at the hands of Andy Seth, and Marco Traniello lost out to Scott Seiver. Round 2 got going at 4 pm and Elky And Jonathan Duhamel advanced, while Phil Galfond fell in his first match vs. a real life opponent. The final round of the day kicked off at 6pm and online beast Shaun Deeb was one of the first to fall. Among those that advanced were Justin Bonomo, Annette Obrestad, John Racener, Victor Ramdin, David Benefield, Guillaume Darcourt and winner of Season 2 of PokerStars ‘The Big Game’ Max Martinez. They’re all guaranteed a min-cash and will come back tomorrow at 1pm to fight their way towards the $207,708 for first.
The final event of the day was the $1,500 stud hi/lo which kicked off at 5 pm. It drew a field of 622 and played down to 210 after day 1. Still a long way to go to the bubble, as 64 will be paid. ‘The Grinder’ Michael Mizrachi is the chip leader on 41,500. Other well known pros that remain in the field are Phil Ivey, Chau Giang, Barry Greenstein and Scotty Nguyen. This one returns at 2 pm tomorrow.
Also on tap for tomorrow is the $1,500 pot limit holdem event which gets underway at 12 pm.
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