The end of WSOP 2012 side event schedule isn’t too far away and believe it or not Event 44 was the second last $1,000 NLHE of the season. There were 16 players left at the start of play today and as predicted it didn’t take too long to whittle them down to a winner. Rocco Palumbo of Italy took on Nelson Robertson in the heads up match for the title and Palumbo, having started with a slight chip lead went on to win the bracelet and takes home $464,464 in doing so.
In the big $50,000 Players Championship, its Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom that leads the remaining 26 players into battle tomorrow after hitting a sickening one outer against Joe Cassidy in PLO. Phil Hellmuth openly admitted on Twitter that he cried in his car when he got knocked out of this one. Others still in with a shout in this one are Daniel Oppenheim, Daniel Alaei, Andy Bloch, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey and Jeff Lisandro. Ivey is relatively short, with only 1/3 of Blom’s chip leading stack.
In event 46, the $2,500 NLHE there were 233 players still with chips in front them at the start of play today. That 233 became 25 by the end of play, meaning there’s a long day in store tomorrow and a good chance we won’t crown a winner. Best placed of the remaining hopefuls is Joey Weissman on 1.29M but all eyes will be on Vanessa Selbst who hits on 786k. Last year’s Main Event champion Pius Heinz made a decent run finishing in 42nd, his best finish of the summer so far. The action resumes at 1 pm tomorrow.
The $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha hi/lo event started at 12 pm today and it drew an impressive 978 entrants. We’re still a relatively long way from bursting the bubble however, with 149 players remaining at the end of play, with the average stack just shy of 30 big blinds coming back tomorrow. Alex Gomes has a pretty big chip lead on the field with Andy Frankenberger and Joe Tehan also on the leaderboard. Barry Greenstein is also still in and going well. Among those eliminated today were Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb and Dan Kelly.
The last event on the list today is the $3,000 Limit Holdem which kicked off at 5 pm. Just 247 lined out for this one and Sam Barnhart is top of the charts after day 1. About half the field were eliminated and 126 are coming back tomorrow. They include Chad Brown, Maria Ho, Justin Bonomo, and Jonathan Duhamel. Daniel Negreanu’s rough stretch continues and he didn’t make two.
Tomorrow sees the start of the much anticipated $1,500 Ante-Only NLHE event which will have many players scratching their heads as they try to figure out what the optimal strategy is.
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